Our Main Focus
- Rescues and helping individuals who rescue street animals.
- Free spay and neuter programs to control the overpopulation of unwanted animals.
- Street events in the poorest neighborhoods of Tijuana to treat animals for parasites, mange, infections, fleas and ticks.
- Promoting humane legislation.
- Arranging of adoptions of rescued street animals; and
- Public education programs.
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The following is an excerpt from Form 990 that we submit annually to the IRS:
Friends of Humane Services in Tijuana was founded in August of 2007. Our mission is to support organizations and individuals who work to improve the conditions in the US 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.
Friends of Humane Services in Tijuana [FHSTJ] supports 4 grassroots organizations in addition to several individual rescuers. These groups/people have no significant funding sources locally and rely on FHSTJ to provide needed services to pets of people with extremely limited income as well as to street animals in desperate need of food, medical attention and protection. The grater Tijuana, Mexico area borders the greater San Diego, California area and these services contribute to a healthier environment for the both American and Mexican communities along the border. Animals have no nationality.
The vast majority of FHSTJ support is via event-based grants [otorgamientos] to cover expenses of grassroots groups of rescuers who provide free spay and neutering events in the poorest areas of Tijuana as well as medication to provide free mange and parasite treatment street events for pets as well as street animals located in the most distressed areas of the greater Tijuana area. Additional individual case grants were provided to rescuers via a certificate program that provides for immediate veterinary care for recued animals. The aforementioned programs also provide public education through both formal public session and informal one on one counseling.
Major accomplishments for the 2022-2023 fiscal year, ending on June 30th 2023 were:
- Provided funding for 1225 free spay/neuter surgeries.
- Provided funding for medicines to treat 2537 animals for mange and parasites.
- Provided funding to rescuers for 431 individual, urgent veterinary medical treatments.
- Distributed $4000.00 of purchased pet food to rescuers.
- Distributed $5000.00 worth of donated pet food to individuals needing help to feed pets.
- Distributed $4000.00 worth of donated miscellaneous non medicine medical items to rescuers.
- Provided homes for 64 animals in forever homes in the San Diego area.
- Facilitated an additional 52 cat and dog adoptions.
In Memory of a Beloved Friend of Humane Services In Tijuana
Olive Walker dedicated her life to animal welfare and supported several animal support groups, especially in third world countries where the need was the greatest. She became interested in Friends of HSTJ from its inception in 2008 and provided resources that served as the seeds for the development of many of the current FHSTJ programs.
Olive´s legacy lives on. Through the provisions of her Trust she continues to save abandoned and needy animals being helped by FHSTJ. She is a dear Friend and a true hero to the animals.