|Who We Are
Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana was founded in August of 2007. Our mission is to directly
support the Humane Society de Tijuana (“HSTJ”) in improving the conditions in the U.S. and
Mexican communities that border the Tijuana, Mexico area, by promoting programs of humane
treatment of animals; in particular, spay and neutering programs, parasite control programs,
street rescues, prevention of international smuggling of animals through awareness and public
education, and general public education to inculcate a culture of humane treatment of animals.
Since January 2007, HSTJ has provided care to over 11,700 dogs and cats through
the free Street Clinic [Clinica de Desparicitacion] also known as the Itchy-Scratchy Clinic. Since
July 2006, HSTJ has provided free or low cost spay and neutering to the people of Tijuana and
has performed over 2,800 spays and neuters in four different areas of Tijuana. Less than 1% of
these animals had seen a private veterinarian. All had parasites including worms, half had eye
infections and skin infections and of those, approximately half had advanced cases of mange.
TJ is a city of 1.4 million people. The government keeps no statistics on the animal population.
HSTJ estimates there is an average of one companion animal for each household, the vast
majority of which have never been spayed or neutered or even had professional veterinary care.
HSTJ, from its visits to various colonias [neighborhoods], counting the street dogs and relating
the number to the size of the colonia, estimates that there are about 7,000 ill, starving, and
frightened street animals loose on the streets of TJ on any given day. [These estimates are very
conservative.] HSTJ has observed that the city pound [not to be confused with a shelter] picks
up on average 300 dogs [no cats] a month from the streets which are subsequently euthanized;
in the past by electrocution, but now and due to individuals and organizations providing humane
drugs, the euthanasia is not as brutal.
Statistics: An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per
years, with 2.8 surviving kittens per year can total 11,606,077 cats in 9 years. Source: Spay USA
In 6 years one unspayed female dog and her offspring, can reproduce 67,000 dogs. Source: