Monday, September 21, 2009

Update on Project Beatrice - September 20, 2009 - HOUSE BUILDING PHASE TWO

Thanks to the hard work of the family and the dedicated volunteers, the roof is complete and electrical has been wired.
Next weekend we hope to finish the electrical, sheet rock and assist with the loft building project! We are so excited to be a part of this project and to work with such a wonderful family who have accomplished so much with so little, it is really rewarding to to be able to give them the tools to accomplish so much more.

For those that have not been following the progress of Project Beatrice and Family, here is a recap and update.

This past February, we met a poor family in Tecolote, a Colonia of Tijuana, Beatrice, her husband and their 3 year old daughter live in a small shed with a tarp roof and a dirt floor. Despite their meager resources, they have rescued and care for 40 dogs! All are in excellent shape. Humane Society de Tijuana has been assisting this family in providing medical care to their dogs, including spaying an neutering them and working to place as many as possible through adoptions. You can read more about Beatrice and her family on the blog, a really touching story

Three months ago, myself and another volunteer visited their location and thought it would be so great to find a way to build them a house - well we contacted Project Mercy, a non-profit that builds homes for the poor in Mexico and they agreed to help us make our wish a reality for this very deserving family. We were able to raise a majority of the money and began building this past weekend. Below you will see a slideshow of some great pictures taken of the building site this past Sunday, we still have a lot of work to do, but a very worthwhile and rewarding project.

In case you were interested in becoming involved and contributing to this project, a list of needed items has been included at the bottom of this post and we will be accepting donations.

Also, if you were interested in making a monetary donation towards this project it is 100% tax deductible. You may do so directly on the web site

Anything is truly appreciated.

Some items of need are:

non-perishable food items to include:
rice, beans, canned veggies and fruit, spam, tuna, condensed milk, cereal, juice , all canned goods.

Other items:

twin size sheets
basic kitchen utensils
pots & pans
plastic dishes and cups
small mirror
small couch (loveseat)
small rug
2 twin size mattresses
childs bed
any household item could be put to good use

Clothing - girl size 4 years old
E-mail with any donation inquiry

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

September 16, 2009 Article in the Baja Times

New Mobile Spay & Neuter Pet Clinic for Tijuana
New Humane Society of Tijuana Program
By Marlene Dunbar

The Humane Society of Tijuana spay & neuter program has hit the road this August with a brand new mobile clinic. This clinic is the first mobile clinic to operate in Tijuana.

Four mobile spay & neuter programs were successfully completed in August, sterilizing a total of 27 dogs and cats, according to HSTJ project co-coordinator Michele.

HSTJ Director Richard Massa told the Baja Times: “The HSTJ clinic is new, and has successfully completed a trial period. We will still have our regular monthly clinics. This mobile unit will be used at the homes of our volunteers who are fostering rescued pets. The unit is supplemented with tents for pre-op preparation and post-op recovery. It is small but accommodates a surgery area with the usual emergency equipment. By being able to go directly to the homes of HSTJ volunteers, animals can be sterilized on site”. Richard added that plans are being made to put a second unit on the road, which will be used to bring low cost and free sterilization clinics to Tijuana’s poorest, hardest to reach areas.

Reaching out to the people who do not have cars to bring their pets to clinics in the downtown areas of cities is crucial to bringing Baja pet overpopulation under control.

To find out more about the Humane Society of Tijuana, their new mobile clinic and other projects: or www.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Images of Beatrice and Family - September 13, 2009

Some beautiful images captured by professional photographer Bryan Miller who volunteered his time to photo document the house building for Project Beatrice and Family. Bryan Miller is San Diego's premier wedding and engagement photographer.
He also does pet photography.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Update on Project Beatrice - September 13, 2009 - HOUSE BUILDING PHASE ONE

On Sunday September 13, 2009, 8 volunteers from San Diego, caravanned to Mexico and joined forces with 8 more volunteers from Tijuana to begin phase one of the house building project for Beatrice and family.The walls were raised, along with the trusses for the roof and the holes were cut for the doors and windows.What an incredible experience and to see this all coming to frutiion is very rewarding.None of this could have been done with out the wonderful and generous support of all friends and volunteers of Humane Society de Tijuana.The day was photo documented by Bryan Miller, a professional photographer from San Diego.
Beatrice, Enrique and daughter Iris are so excited to see their new home being built. The fact that they will now have a tall ceiling and hard surface floor that can be swept and washed, means so much to them.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Update on Project Beatrice - Sunday, September 6, 2009 - THE SLAB IS LAYED

Thanks to the wonderful support and all of the hard work of both Mexican and American volunteers, the foundation slab has been layed and the property is ready for the house building to begin!
Next Sunday, September 13, 2009 will be phase one fo the building
The dream is becomign a reality for this much deserving family!