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 well over 5,000 dogs and cats every year. This is
done through the free Street Clinic [Clinica de Desparacitacion] also known as the Itchy-Scratchy
Clinic. Since July 2007, HSTJ has provided free or low cost spay and neutering to the people of
Tijuana and is currently [2017] performing a monthly average of 50 spays and neuters in many
different areas of Tijuana. Less than 5% of these animals had seen a private veterinarian. Most  
had parasites including worms, many had eye infections and skin infections and of those,
approximately half had cases of mange
.


Tijuana is a city of approximately 2 million people and is expanding rapidly. The greater Tijuana
area is even larger with an estimated population of approaching 4 million. Currently 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 not been spayed or
neutered or even had professional veterinary care. HSTJ, from its visits to various colonias
[neighborhoods] and counting the street dogs and then relating the number to the size of the
colonia, estimates that there are about 10,000 ill, starving, and frightened street animals loose
on the streets of Tijuana 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, most of which are subsequently euthanized; in the past by
electrocution, but now more humane methods are starting to be used and due to support from
organizations such as ours, more dogs are spayed and neutered and prepared for adoption.


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:
Spay USA