Mexican Animal Welfare

About Us

About Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare

suffering street dog
Mexican street dogs struggle to survive, not only do they suffer but they also cause serious problems for humans.

Thousands of at-risk animals struggle on the streets of our Mexican cities. For example, more than 10,000 homeless strays fight for survival in our city of Manzanillo. The sheer number of street animals creates huge problems for humans and untold suffering for the animals themselves.

Overpopulation causes human health problems and animal suffering.

We have all seen or heard the about the horrifying incidents of injured or starving animals hit by cars, abused, or poisoned by angry residents and left to die in our streets. What we don’t often think of is the impact of these stray animals on our communities:

  • Each day tons of animal excrement is expelled onto Mexican streets and beaches;
  • Abandoned animals fight for food and spread garbage and disease;
  • Street animals, singly or in packs, present a dangerous bite hazard to humans; and
  • Sick animals and corpses present an enormous public health risk by spreading diseases.
Sterilization helps prevent abandonment and suffering
Abandoned, unwanted kitten

Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare was organized to help solve these problems by reducing the numbers of unwanted and abandoned animals through sterilization.

Our History – How FOMAW Began

2009 — FOMAW Established
We believe sterilization
is the best antidote for
animal suffering.

Stan Burnett and MJ founded FOMAW when they recognized that spay/neuter projects within Mexico were struggling to survive … the need for funds was far outstripping available resources within the Mexican community. The logical solution for increasing support was to solicit help from concerned citizens in the US and Canada.

2012 — Extending Support
abandoned kitten
Abandoned kitten left on a Manzanillo street to die

Initially, FOMAW was incorporated to help only one Manzanillo spay/neuter group, but as we recognized the scope of unfunded projects throughout Mexico, we branched out and began helping other spay/neuter and rescue groups throughout northwestern Mexico.

2015 — Spay/Neuter/Training Clinic Opened

We branched out from raising funds for sporadic spay/neuter projects and established our own spay/neuter/training clinic to provide year-round, low-cost sterilization surgeries in Manzanillo. We created Alianza Animal Manzanillo A.C., incorporated as a Mexican nonprofit and FOMAW subsidiary, to administer the clinic.

2015 — Vet Training Added

FOMAW joined forces with International Veterinary Consultants (IVC) to provide follow-on training for Mexican veterinarians at our Alianza clinic.

2016 — Outreach Project Added

Our hands-on programs were extended through an outreach organization, Animal Angels of Manzanillo. Animal Angels works in Manzanillo’s barrios where street animals receive the medical care they so desperately need. As another FOMAW subsidiary, Animal Angels receives our fiscal support as well as medical support from our Alianza veterinarians.

Mission and Vision

The mission of Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare is to reduce animal suffering.

To that end, we facilitate and assist with Mexican animal welfare programs. Caring for animals in order to reduce animal suffering also improves public health.  The scope of our work includes spay/neuter programs, veterinary training, and financial support to animal welfare groups that provide animal care education and sheltering/adoption of rescued animals.

We have a vision of healthy neighborhoods where animals are treated with respect and live in dignity.

Healthy animal populations go hand-in-hand with safe living environments for our communities. As part of this vision, we see the animal populations of our communities controlled to the level that shelter/adoption centers can be self-sustaining and animal population growth minimized.

The primary goals of Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare are to:

  • Reduce the number of homeless animals through population control;
  • Reduce the suffering of animals from abandonment, mistreatment and abuse through animal welfare outreach programs;
  • Reduce the risk to human health caused by overpopulation through control of dog and cat reproduction;
    Expand our low-cost sterilization programs through the support of donors;
  • Facilitate growth and communication within the Mexican veterinary services through veterinarian follow-on training;
  • Improve the fiscal position of grassroots, underfunded Mexican animal welfare organizations though donor solicitations; and
  • Foster a culture of loving animal ownership through animal welfare education.

Our Board – Who’s in Charge?

FOMAW is managed by a board of directors.

Stan Burnett, director
Stan Burnett, FOMAW Director
Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare board
Zoe Katsulas,FOMAW board member
Dr. Susan Monger, board member
Dr. Susan Monger, FOMAW board member
Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare board
MJ Feroglia, FOMAW board member