Amigos de Animales de San Miguel de Allende, AC was incorporated in October 2001, fully registered as a not-for-profit organization in Mexico and started operations February 2002. It consists of four officers, President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary and up to six Directors. Everyone works on a volunteer basis without remuneration. There is also a hired outside Accountant and an annual independent audit to assure the transparency of the Association.
The mission of the Association is to alleviate the suffering of the animals by controlling the overpopulation, mainly by sterilizing dogs and cats within the city of San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding communities. As of December 1, 2018, since inception, Amigos has sterilized over 22,000 dogs and cats, in the past several years averaging at least1000 animals per year. To accomplish this, Amigos organizes weekend blitzes, staffed by veterinarians who donate their time and volunteers from the community. These are held three times a year during which hundreds of dogs and cats are brought by their owners to be sterilized.
Amigos also operates a mobile clinic that visits the outlying communities and the campo approximately twice monthly with our volunteers and Vets from the Department of Health. The countryside is where the problem of overpopulation is most severe, and so In cooperation with the Delegadoos/Delagadas of the communities, 20 to 30 animals are sterilized each time. A fifty peso donation is solicited but not required.
In addition to sterilizations Amigos has participated in effecting significant changes for the welfare of the domestic animals in the communities. Most importantly in the year 2002, an agreement prepared and presented by Amigos was signed with the Municipality, establishing that the only method allowed to euthanize the animals captured by Ecology or by any other means, is by lethal injection, preceded by total anesthesia. This replaced the inhumane method of electrocution! Please visit our website www.amigos-sma.org and look for us on Facebook, for our other accomplishments and community projects over the years.
Our newest project involves Education. Each Tuesday, beginning in May, 2017 Amigos de Animales, in conjunction with Santuario Felino Rey Ashoka, began visiting the kindergartens of the local schools in San Miguel de Allende. The goal of this program is to teach through interactive classes (small animals included) animal awareness, sensitivity to, respect for and the proper care of domestic animals. These children are our ambassadors for the future. Each student receives a personalized diploma and enthusiastically goes home with an Amigos coloring book and crayons as well as two pamphlets for the adults – one about caring for their pets and the other on the importance of and many benefits derived from sterilizing their animals..
The Association maintains itself and operates exclusively through private donations, as we receive no financial aid from any government agency. We have been able to obtain the 501©3 status from the IRS which affords many donors the opportunity to deduct contributions from their US taxes.