The nonhuman victims of homelessness in California-Mexico border areas

Despite of the growing number of animal rescuers who work along the California-Mexico border areas, life for stray animals has shown little to no improvement over the decades.

Back in 2010, CNN published an article about the plight of stray animals in this area, stating that “[a]n estimated 7,000 animals spend their days dodging traffic, looking for scraps and living – and dying – in the streets of Tijuana, Mexico.” CNN could not officially quantify this number, but did come up with the following estimate:

1.4 million people from about 750,000 households – from where about 1 percent have an animal that roams the street. Source.

It is 2019. Animal rescuers in this region will tell you that the estimation from nearly 20 years ago remains the same, or maybe even worsened. Although public perception of animals among many of the residents have changed, the situation is still dire. The homeless animal population is critically high. Homeless animals are deemed as pests or vermin by many.

There are simply not enough resources to save them all. The best that many animal-lovers can do to help homeless animals in these areas is provide them with food, water, and bedding; and, then, follow that up by posting a plea for help on social media in the hopes that a rescue organization or someone with the means to help, can oblige. 

This article features some of the victims of homelessness at one of the most busiest borders in the U.S. 

The puppy on the featured photo was shared by a man who told her story after she perished. According to the man, he found the puppy in a basket on the side of the road, took a photo and left her there. He went on to explain that when he walked the same path the following day, the puppy was dead. This man’s story is suspect, since the photo appears to have been taken inside a home or some other structure, rather than on the side of a road. But, the real story is actually irrelevant. Even if you believe his story, his inaction to at least reach out to the rescue community is unconscionable to just about any animal-lover. The little female puppy – wearing tattered garb and looking into the lens of the camera with pleading eyes set upon a pitifully haunting face – died the day after this photos was taken. 

Here are a few (yes, just a few) of the nonhuman victims of homelessness.* (Click on photo for a short description.)


Concededly, the homeless population of companion animals is a serious problem in every jurisdiction around the globe; but, some places are worse than others. The border areas would be in the “worse” category.

Rescue organizations that have any room to take in a Border Stray, or two, are encouraged to reach out to the rescue organizations that work in this neck of the woods. When people and rescues work together, beautiful things happen.

Although Crossing Guardians website has not been updated for years, photos of just some of the animals saved on the “Happy Tails” page of the website are illustrative that happy endings can be achieved. (Before-after photos can be seen only on a desktop computer or Smart pad.)


*Full disclosure: Unless indicated otherwise, the status of the dogs is unknown. It is possible that a couple of the dogs was/were later rescued, but that information was not provided to the author upon request as of the writing of this post.