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Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 Holiday Fundraising

Dear Friends of the Humane Society de Tijuana,

WE take this opportunity to thank you for such an amazing response to our holiday fundraising efforts, and also to update you on what has happened in these past few months. So many good things are happening.

Just what is being accomplished?

We continue to finance veterinary care and the weekly cost to feed more than 150 cats and dogs that are being saved by individual rescuers at any given time, and help supplement over 150 more that were saved by smaller rescue groups that are not able to feed or care for them all. We also share all donated supplies among these rescued animals.

We have been able to continue to fund the life-saving facility that is now more familiar to many of you: the HSTJ Center, a free/low-cost veterinary clinic now located in Lomas Verdes, Tijuana.
On a side note, having to move the entire veterinary clinic out of its previous location and into a new one was costly and difficult, not to mention that it happened on very short notice and was completely unexpected, to say the least. But with good coordination and teamwork we were able to make it happen.

All of the equipment currently in use at this clinic has either been purchased or donated, and is necessary for our vets to save so many lives --sometimes performing very complicated procedures.

You may not realize it, but it takes a lot to equip and successfully run a veterinary facility in Mexico that is capable of handling such a wide variety of special cases. Of course, we are very grateful to the vets that donate their time and services at our facility, but the rent/utilities, surgical supplies and all other expenses are payed for by Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana.

  • Over 5,886 animals were treated in 2015, that averages more than 16 animals every day, which is truly amazing. 
  • And since some can't even afford the cost of transportation to the HSTJ Center, during 2015 we provided mobile clinics in 37 of the poorest and most vulnerable "colonias" (communities) in Tijuana. 
  • We helped 62 cats and dogs find forever homes through our adoption programs.
  • We educated over 400 children and adults on the humane treatment and proper care of animals. 
  • During summer months we had an intense participation with the Municipal Department of Health in Tijuana, and treated hundreds of cats and dogs for ticks during the 2015 Rickettsia-Tick epidemic. Sadly, several people in lost their lives due to Rickettsia in 2015, but we are confident that the hard work put forth by many volunteers was able to keep that number at a minimum.

Does all of this mean that our work is over?

Not at all. In fact, we're gearing up to extend our reach even further in 2016. Yes we have made progress and touched the lives of many animals, but there are still thousands more suffering on the streets and they desperately need help.

To this effect, Board Members for both organizations are so interested in expanding our reach as much as possible, that they have reanalyzed ways we can cut back in expenses so that we can provide much more support to the programs that are having the most success and an immediate impact on the animals and the families in Tijuana. Board Members are completely confident that the cost-saving initiatives we are taking, coupled with your continued support, will enable us to care for all the needs of the animals we serve.

On behalf of  Friends on HSTJ in the U.S. and HSTJ in Mexico, we would like to thank you sincerely for your generous support of this life-saving work benefiting the less fortunate animals and families that reside in this border town that is Tijuana. Here on our Blog you can always read more specific examples of what is being accomplished as a result of your generosity.


Cachito - Close Call

This is the story of a young man and his only companion.

The young man in the blue (we do not wish to use his name) now lives here in Tijuana. He came here just a few months ago seeking better work opportunities, leaving the rest of his immediate family back in the south of Mexico. Cachito, his chihuahua, had been his companion since he was just a boy, and he had no intention of leaving him behind. He now lives with a cousin and his family in the most eastern part of Tijuana, near the mountains.

On this this day, he went outside to purchase a jug of drinking water from the corner store, and Cachito hopped out the door to follow him. At that very moment the neighbor across the street was opening her front door and both her large dogs came running outside and the first thing they saw was Cachito. They attacked him, but the woman saw this and stopped it immediately. The young man had put down the jug and ran over to pick up his dog. The woman told him that she would pay for Cachito's vet care, and in just a few minutes they were at the HSTJ Center.

Dr. Angel Hernandez administered some anesthesia and sutured his wounds. Fortunately there wasn't too much damage because the owners intervened immediately. Everyone waited patiently until Cachito was out of anesthesia and his owner received the prescribed antibiotics and discharge instructions. The neighbor insisted on paying and ultimately did pay a very small fee.

Since the new Municipal Law on Animal Welfare was passed for the City of Tijuana, many more people are doing the right thing and keeping their pets enclosed on their own property. People are becoming aware of the benefits of adhering to these legal requirements, and the consequences of not doing so.

Takki - Recovering Well

This the story of Takki, a beautiful female dog that has demonstrated endurance and patience throughout this whole ordeal.

Takki was a stray like any other, rummaging for scraps and anything else she could eat for survival. Her body shows that she had at least two litters of pups at some point in her life. One tragic day she was hit by a vehicle and thrust onto the side of the road. The impact was so strong that it broke her spine in half, paralyzing her hind legs. There she was, near the side of the road with vehicles passing by just a few feet from where she lay. Squirming and trying to get up, Takki was in lots of pain and desperately tried to get away from the passing vehicles. One woman had seen everything. It had all happened so fast. She found her way to Takki as fats as she could and picked her up very gently.

Takki was brought to the HSTJ Center in a matter of minutes. Once there, our attending veterinarian, Dr. Angel Hernandez, immediately phoned and requested the services of a mobile X-Ray to have a look at Takki's bones. Once the X-rays were taken he was able to do a complete assessment of Takki's situation. She underwent a very complex surgical procedure and was in very good hands. Dr. Angel has been brought three other cases just like this one, and all of them have regained mobility and are able to walk on their own once again. Of course, not all cases have exactly the same outcome, and so those of us present that day were waiting in expectation and hoping for the best.

Takki came out of surgery just fine. She is recovering at the home of her rescuer and is eating quality food, taking her meds, getting light exercise, but most of all, getting the warm affection and love that was once unknown to her. As soon as she has recovered completely we will post a video of her walking around, as well as any pertinent adoption information.


October, November and December 2015 - Report

As many of you know, the last three months of 2015 were a bit difficult for us because we had to move the HSTJ Center to a new location in less than 30 days. Just finding an appropriate location, moving everything over and getting installed was hard enough, but also having to make several trips just to close our assorted utilities contracts for the old location, and then open up new utilities contracts for the new location was time consuming. Additionally, running a veterinary clinic in Mexico --and doing it legally-- requires applying for, and obtaining, several government permits.

It will please you to know that throughout all of this, we were able to keep the HSTJ Center running without interruption. Here are summaries of the data for those months. And please stay tuned for January's Monthly Report, which will include many stories and pictures, as is our custom.

October 2015
99 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
5 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
183 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
198 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
14 special surgical procedures

November 2015
63 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
3 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
162 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
71 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
6 special surgical procedures

December 2015
62 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
4 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
176 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
161 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
10 special surgical procedures

Wednesday, December 16, 2015



On December 1st, 2015 the Municipal Police of Tijuana responded to a call in one of the most notorious slums of downtown Tijuana. A woman was arrested on various charges. In the room where she resided there were a total of 12 dogs living in frightful conditions. The police confiscated the dogs, calling Animal Control to take them away and have them all euthanized.

These unfortunate events were relayed to one of our contacts. After our past collaboration in the rehabilitation of 31 confiscated animals and the outstanding results, government officials were open to another collaboration.

Through a formal document, HSTJ has offered to provide these animals with grooming services, free sterilization for all 6 males and all 6 females, as well as veterinary care and medications. In return, we request a guarrantee that these dogs will not be euthanized immediately, and will be given sufficient time in which to be adopted. They will remain at Animal Control until they are adopted.

As of right now, all 12 have been sterilized and groomed. They have all been seen by a veterinarian and are slowly regaining their health and putting on weight. But they are still staying at the dog pound. 
Please remember that if they are not adopted, they will inevitably be killed. That is why it is so important to spread the word right now!! We have to get them out of there!!!


If you decide to do so these dogs will experience love, affection and the warmth of a home --something they had never felt before. In addition, you will gain the company of someone who will be eternally grateful, and the unwavering loyalty of a wonderful friend.

Pictured above is a before and after shot of one of these doggies. To see pictures of the rest of them, click HERE We will be uploading more pictures and complete profiles as they become available.

Please share with anyone you think might be able to help. On this side volunteers are working non stop trying to find them fosters/adopters locally as well. The clock is ticking for these babies.



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Holiday Newsletter 2015 - PRESIDENT'S END OF THE YEAR REPORT

November 2015

Dear Friend of the Humane Society de Tijuana:

As the 2015 calendar year closes we take this opportunity to share our successes and the immediate, urgent challenges as well. During the past year we were able to expand the types of veterinary services offered at the HSTJ Center and, as expected, it resulted in many more pleas for assistance.  As of now, no one has been turned down. You can read some of these stories right here on our blog.

Last year also saw a tremendous increase in spays and neuters as well as animals treated at the street clinics, bringing the year’s total to 5,886 cats and dogs! Added to that, were all the animals benefiting from our food distribution programs and the rehabilitation/adoption programs.

Another major accomplishment was the development of a public education program, EduCan, which has gained recognition from the municipal government of the City of Tijuana.

On another positive note, we had an unexpected negative situation in October actually turn into something very positive. The building we rented for the HSTJ Center changed hands and our lease was not renewed in September. We were able to lease another location, and while we incurred large moving expenses due to the equipment transportation and a 15% increase in rent, the new location has proved to be ideal. 

The reality is that due to our program successes, the demands for such have far exceeded our budget to provide them, and will soon deplete current funds. Without additional support, we will not be able to continue this increased level of service to the animals of our rescuers and low income public.
We are sending you this urgent plea because we cannot allow ourselves to deny services to any animal that needs it. Please keep in mind that there are an estimated 10,000 animals living on the streets of  Tijuana on any given day and they need help. HELP US MAINTAIN OUR CURRENT LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR THESE  DESERVING  ANIMALS.

FHSTJ & HSTJ receive no government support and continue with an all volunteer staff except for a part time program coordinator. No officer or board member receives monetary compensation. The compensation comes from seeing happy and healthy animals. We depend on your generosity to continue rescuing abandoned and abused animals and saving them from a life of starvation,    disease, pain and fear.


You can do so by visiting www.friendsofhstj.org and clicking on the donation page, or you can mail your contribution to:

Friends of HSTJ
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173

On behalf of the animals and the dedicated staff of FHSTJ & HSTJ, I offer a sincere thank you.

Richard Massa
President, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana


This is Hope, a stray that undoubtedly lived her whole life on the streets.
One tragic morning a car ran her over, fracturing her skull. A woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was passing by and saw everything. Heartbroken, she walked over intending to get the dead pup off of the road. When she picked her up she noticed the dog was breathing. Incredibly, she was still alive! The woman exclaimed, "Todavia hay Esperanza!" (There is still Hope!)

Right then and there she named the dog Hope (Esperanza) and immediately sought a ride to the nearest vet.

One of her friends owned a vehicle and offered to bring her to the HSTJ Center. Wasting no time, they loaded up Hope and headed straight for the Center, where Dr. Angel worked for many hours trying to fix her shattered skull. Despite his valiant efforts, Hope finally let her spirit go.

This story shows the great lengths that our vets and volunteers go through to save lives. Unfortunately, due to a lack of equipment, neurologic and orthopedic cases like this one present a real challenge. If we had a sophisticated orthopedic drill set up we could’ve handled this, but right now we regret that our budget does not permit us to buy this equipment. It’s a miracle we’re saving as many lives as we are with basic tools.

If it is your desire to help us purchase something specific that is urgently needed at the HSTJ Center, please contact the President of the Board of Directors for Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana:

Richard Massa
(619) 922-3394

Purrfectly Patient

This story begins early one morning in August, 2015. Mrs. Zamora, an individual rescuer, was up early feeding her rescued cats, when a stray cat came towards her, meowing loudly. Mrs. Zamora had never seen this cat before, but her instinct as an experienced rescuer told her that this cat was meowing due to pain. She picked her up gently and saw a huge lump on her side. She thought, “There is no way I can just feed her and leave her alone.” So she brought her in to the HSTJ Center thinking that perhaps it was a tumor.

Dr. Angel Hernandez, attending veterinarian at the HSTJ Center explained that the cat was a pregnant female with a hernia, and the lump was actually her intestines held in only by her skin. As she later discovered, someone had kicked the stray cat on her side and the impact ruptured her muscles, causing the painful hernia. Furthermore, the mommy cat was almost ready to have her babies and couldn’t be operated on until they were weaned. The vet recommended that she remain in a calm quiet area to avoid additional injuries.

 Mrs. Zamora named her MAMA and cared for her with love. Soon thereafter, MAMA delivered seven beautiful kittens. Mrs. Zamora could tell that MAMA’s pain was increasing as she continued nursing her kittens, and her health was visibly declining. As soon as the kittens could be weaned onto dry food, Mrs. Zamora took MAMA back to the HSTJ Center where her hernia was corrected and she was spayed.


Today MAMA shows no more signs of pain and has made a full recovery. She now lives with her rescuer, and incredible as it may seem, she is doing a great job looking after a litter of orphaned kittens that Mrs. Zamora recently rescued. By the way, all of MAMA's kittens were adopted by loving families.


September 2015 Report

During the month of September there was a lot of activity. Little did we know that at the end of this month we would be asked to move the HSTJ Center to a new location

For the month of September, the total sterilizations performed at the HSTJ Center were 95. (Not included in this total are many special procedures and surgeries that the vet also performed during September.) 
Here is the breakdown for the sterilizations:
16 female cats
5 male cats
41 female dogs
33 male dogs

These sterilizations contribute to reducing animal overpopulation and prevent thousands of undesired litters of puppies and kittens from being born into this world, having to live and die on the streets of Tijuana. 

Remember, almost half of people who bring their animals for treatment are individual rescuers who rescue and rehabilitate injured, sick or starving animals. And the rest of our patients belong to families with very little means that barely have enough to feed and clothe their families. Without free or low-cost services, most would never be able to afford veterinary treatment for their cherished pets, and would certainly not be able to pay for their sterilizations, resulting in litter after litter being born every year.

The "Itchy-Scratchy" Street Clinics for the month of September treated a total of 361 cats and dogs. 
Here are the stats for all four events:

1. DATE: September 6th, 2015
LOCATION: Rial San Francisco
CATS: 13
DOGS: 76

2. DATE: September 13th, 2015
LOCATION: Dorado Seccion 3
DOGS: 69

3. DATE: September 20th, 2015
LOCATION: Terrazas del Valle
DOGS: 84

4. DATE: September 27th, 2015
LOCATION: El Jibarito
CATS: 12
DOGS: 97


 The MASH Clinic for the month of September was held on September 20th, 2015 and volunteer veterinarians were able to spay or neuter 37 cats and dogs in just one day.

11 female cats

9 male cats

11 female dogs

6 male dogs



Additionally, Friends of HSTJ held two fantastic Adoption Events in San Diego. They were held on:

September 19th, 2015


September 26th, 2015

A very busy month, and as always, your generous donations are at work saving countless lives and making all of this possible. Thank you.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Moving the HSTJ Center

It has been said that the best things happen unexpectedly, and during these past three months it has proven to be oh-so-true.

The building that we rented for the HSTJ Center was originally a small house in the Buenos Aires colonia. This location was chosen because, among other things, it was close to some of the most impoverished parts of Tijuana. Namely, the "eastern part of Tijuana". 

With a lot of effort it was adapted into what most of you have come to know as the HSTJ Center, a facility that offers free/low-cost veterinary services for rescuers and families with little means. Thanks to your support, that small idea evolved into a hugely successful project, made evident by the increasing number of people being helped each and every month.

Since it opened its doors and treated its first animal in February 2014, this clinic became well known in the Tijuana community. Things were moving along as usual, and then, an unexpected change!

The building changed hands when our landlady passed away.  She was a young woman with a heart of gold and we will forever be grateful for her support in establishing the HSTJ Center. Some time after that, the new owner informed us at the end of September that our lease would not be renewed, meaning that we had 30 days to evacuate the building. We had to find a new location for our beloved Center... AND WE HAD TO MOVE FAST BECAUSE THE CLOCK WAS TICKING!!

Every one of our dear volunteers mobilized immediately, searching for a place that had a sound structure, was in an appropriate location, was near public transportation, was ideal for a veterinary clinic, and was in the same price range (rent), etc. It wasn't easy. Many drove around for hours and made dozens of phone calls looking for the right place. By mid-October time had passed very quickly and we still hadn't found a proper place to move into. Some began to worry.

Then, just in the nick of time, one of our volunteers stumbled onto what appeared to be the perfect place. It met all of the requirements that Board Members had agreed upon. Success! Moreover, our new landlady and her family were all animal lovers and rescuers themselves! They absolutely went above and beyond to accommodate us and help us get set up. A special thank you to Mrs. Rossy and her family! 

The space needed to be adapted as a veterinary clinic in order to function at the capacity we had in the original location and your donations helped us achieve this. This implied installing additional plumbing and electric fixtures, some divider walls, etc. Our Program Coordinator oversaw this project in order to make the most efficient use of funds possible. 

When we posted the news about the big move, Tijuana residents immediately helped us spread the word on social media. And people kept bringing their animals for treatments at Buenos Aires until the very last day --even on moving day the Center remained open until 4:00PM. 

Volunteers showed up to help us move on the evening of October 31st, 2015. Yes, on Halloween night. We are extremely grateful to have such a strong corps of dedicated volunteers and we value each and every one of them and appreciate whatever help each person is able to offer. We can't repeat that enough. 

The move didn't go as smoothly as planned, but with everyone's help, the job got done. Although we hired movers, our HSTJ truck stalled on the highway during the first trip and had to be towed away. Mrs. Leticia Coto, President of the Mexican organization, HSTJ, spearheaded the move and quickly spoke with volunteers who were more than willing to lend their personal vehicles to help move our equipment. A very special shout-out to Adria and Xindy for their pick-up trucks and to everyone else that helped us move! At the end of that night, all were exhausted but happy.

After some settling in, we officially opened our doors at the new location on November 4th, 2015 and we couldn't be happier. Of course, it goes without saying that we incurred in additional expenses, but we are confident that it is completely worth it when you think about how many animals will continue to benefit from the HSTJ Center on a daily basis.

The services offered at this facility are subsidized by Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana and we purchase surgical materials and medications on a weekly and monthly basis. Doctors offer their services and volunteers are always ready to help, but we need more donations in order to purchase materials and help even more animals. Please read some of the stories of animals that have received treatment at this Center, and if you decide that you would like to donate, please do not hesitate to do so. We depend on your generosity to keep the doors of this veterinary clinic open to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.