Friends of Mexican Animal Welfare was organized to combat animal suffering. As a result, we also help communities solve problems caused by unwanted and abandoned animals. We believe that the best avenue to combating animal suffering is to reduce the numbers of stray animals roaming the streets. Population control through sterilization is FOMAW’s main focus to reduce suffering.
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.
Have you seen it, or heard the horrifying stories of Mexico’s street animals? They are hit by cars, abused, injured, starving or poisoned by angry residents. Many are left to die in our streets. What we don’t often think of is the impact these stray animals have 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.
Our History – How FOMAW Began
2009 — FOMAW Established
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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 — Support Expanded
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 — Clinic Opened
We branched out from raising funds for sporadic spay/neuter projects and established our own spay/neuter 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, street animal outreach, veterinary training, and financial support to animal welfare groups that provide animal care education, sheltering and 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.