How to Help Mexico City’s Long-Suffering Street Dogs

Mexico, most of the time, is not a welcoming place for dogs. Strays roam the streets of every city, often looking quite miserable. How to reduce the stray population is a long-standing issue for Mexico, and not one with an easy answer, as much of the human population is also suffering from over-population (poor women with way too many kids). Meaning, taking proper care of nearby stray dogs is a very low priority when you can’t feed your children, either.

It is one of the things I like dislike most about Mexico, as I have always been someone who loves animals and feels like humans have a responsibility to treat all living creatures ethically. I grew up thinking we don’t do enough in the U.S., then I moved here and realize how bad it can truly be.

But, thankfully, there are some organizations fighting the good fight, and one in particular I feel quite confident in giving my money to: Adopta Un Amigo. (It’s a partially bilingual site, they also help cats, and great news: They accept PayPal donations.)

My friends Jonathan and Alejandra adopted their dog, Jelly, from Adopta Un Amigo. Jelly started her life on the street, but is now happy and healthy:


5 thoughts on “How to Help Mexico City’s Long-Suffering Street Dogs

  1. DKN says:

    JELLY!!! What an awesome pup! Those ears are killing me.

    This is great, Joy! Thanks for sharing! The episode of The Dog Whisperer where he visits Tijuana shelters said it all.

  2. Rhiannon says:


    Do you have a way to get that in English?!
    I live up in Canada and would love to get more information about adopting a street dog.. after travelling Mexico – I’ve been looking for an agency that connects with somewhere up here!

  3. Joy says:

    Hi Rhiannon,

    I am almost certain that the administrators of Adopta Un Amigo speak English, so if I were you, I’d send them an email in English explaining you want to help.

    You can start your email with “Quiero ayudar Adopta Un Amigo, pero yo no hablo espanol, solo hablo ingles. …”

    Their web site is partially in English, too.

    Their email (on the web site) is:


  4. Mrs Mummy says:

    God bless you 1000000 times over for your love and kindness to furkids. Jelly looks so much like my own little fellow. My heart is touched and I will do something to help.
    Thank you on behalf of the innocents who cannot bark for themselves.

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