The shelter began offering rescue and rehabilitation to homeless animals in early 1998.
An adoption program was formed to find responsible homes for sterilized and vaccinated healthy dogs and cats.
Hundreds of homeless dogs and cats have been given a second chance to live a happy life through the shelter adoption program.
Conscientious animal care and the value of animals is a lesson that accompanies the adoption process.
An adoption fee is charged and every home screened for suitability before permission to adopt is granted.
Each year the number of animals adopted from our shelter has increased significantly. The Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas, A. C. Is operating as a legal non-profit civil association in México and as the Humane Society de Cabo San Lucas, Inc. A non-profit U.S. Corporation with tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3).
Our educational committee is working with children to teach care and kindness to animals. We anticipate that the children that do not learn these lessons at home will help to enlighten family members. School field trips to the shelter are very popular with the children from all of the local elementary schools.
The Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas is dedicated to providing a service to the community in the form of animal control.
Our Goal is to create an environment free of homeless dogs and cats.
Our Focus is to promote the humane treatment of domestic animals through education, pet population control, rescue and adoption.
Who we are - Our History
The Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas was formed in 1991 by a group of men and women concerned with the many homeless dogs and cats left to wander the streets of Cabo San Lucas.
The alarming number of stray dogs begging for food outside the restaurants and the presence of hungry cats under the tables had developed into a serious situation.
The children living in the surrounding colonias were threatened by sickly packs of dogs roaming their neighborhoods.
The volunteers began the difficult task of relocating the ill and injured dogs and cats away from the beaches, streets and colonias of Cabo San Lucas. The group became a registered, legal entity in Mexico in 1995.
In 1997 the Victor Hugo Cesena family showed their appreciation for the group’s dedication and accomplishments by donating the land for an animal shelter.
Construction of the much needed facility was financed solely by donations from local residents and tourists.
Community Support is Urgently Needed
There is no governmental agency to address the problem of homeless domestic animals living on the streets of Cabo San Lucas.
The Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas is operating as the only form of animal protection and control in our neighborhoods.
From the beginning, the Board of Directors has known that the solution to the homeless animal population had to be a widespread spay and neuter campaign. The first step in making the program a success required a plan to educate the people. Animal sterilization is a new concept to the majority of families living in the low income neighborhoods.
Families in the colonias live amongst street animals many of which are the abandoned off-spring of their own family pets. The majority of dogs and cats abandoned on our shelter grounds are female. As we assist the neighborhoods with the removal of stray animals, spay and neuter information for the family pets is provided.
Our volunteers deliver animal care information while emphasizing the benefits of controlling the reproduction of the animals living on their property. Spay and neuter procedures are offered to families that qualify. The society has a policy of charging for the procedure on the ability to pay.
The policy comes from the belief that contributing to the cost of the operation increases the animal’s worth to the family resulting in better care for their pet. No animal is ever turned away because of the family’s lack of funds.
Over the years our subsidized spay and neuter program has helped to prevent the birth of thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens. Each year the number of people wanting to spay or neuter their pet has grown substantially.
The demand has far exceeded our budget. At present we are preparing to dramatically increase the number of operations performed in our clinic. Currently we are operating on a limited schedule and by appointment only. Our goal is to make spay and neuter operations available five days a week.
Our plan is to expand our pet population control awareness program to target each colonia block by block. Crucial to our success is our ultimate goal of creating subsidized spay and neuter clinics inside each of the colonias that surround Cabo San Lucas. We need to be a reliable resource for the neighborhood.
Our close involvement in the colonia will also serve as an educational tool to raise the community’s awareness of the humane treatment due all animals. The Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas is offering the only humane solution to reduce the ever-increasing number of unwanted animals that are born to suffer on the streets of our community.
In early 2006, to more efficiently and cost effectively meet the needs of the low income community, we installed a spay and neuter clinic on the shelter premises.
To successfully address the challenge we are facing we must dramatically reduce the number of unwanted animals that are born into the neighborhoods that we serve and we must stop the abandonment of animals that is the sad result of the birth of unwanted litters.
The residents of the low income neighborhoods do not have the resources to deal with this crisis.
Our shelter clinic has enabled us to provide spay and neuter services for more animals. However, financial restraints do not allow us to perform the number needed to effectively begin to solve the problem caused by the pet population explosion that has come with the rapid growth of our community.
Soon the Humane Society of Cabo San Lucas will commemorate the 10th anniversary of our shelter’s service to the community. Safe refuge, medical care and comfort for thousands of abandoned dogs and cats would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers and support from the community and visitors.