Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays from HSTJ! Its Our End of Year Report.

Dear Friends,

There is no better time to remember our Friends and tell them how much they are appreciated than at this special time of year when we  look forward to the new year that is upon us.

It’s not enough just to extend a sincere thank you without giving an idea of  how important your participation has been and how it helped us help the animals. That is why I have included the following information, an exacted summary report which appears in FHSTJ’s  990 IRS filing, November 2012.

During the past year, FHSTJ provided 85% of the financial support for the Humane Society de Tijuana's programs that performed 557 low cost and free  spay/neuter surgeries; provided free services  for 3626 pets of the poor and street animals, treating them for parasites,  mange and malnutrition; supported individual rescuers having a collective daily census of 245 animals with free food, basic medication and spay/neuter surgeries which facilitated 157 pet adoptions in Mexico; placed 43 hardcore rescues in permanent homes in the San Diego area; assumed a major role as a recognized organization appointed by the city government for the development of new city animal welfare regulations; was a major participant in city, state and federal meetings to reform dog pound  conditions, and was appointed by a city council member to a task force to initiate the prohibition of minors at bull fights . This was accomplished with a corps of 45 American volunteers who supplement the corps of 32 Mexican volunteers. “
I am proud to tell you that all of this was  accomplished with $45,757  cash donations, 100,000 pounds of donated  pet food , and donated miscellaneous veterinary materials with a value of less than $10,000.

You may be tempted to ask: How can you do all that with so few dollars?

And, I would be happy to answer your question by telling you that unlike many other animal welfare/rescue organizations, no board member or volunteer receives any salary or compensation.  Some volunteers personally pick up some of the cash expenses in additional to their volunteer work.  All of your donations go directly to paying for the spay/neuter clinics, street clinics, rescues, adoption modules and food distribution. Less than $1000 was spent on local political action activities. Incidentally, local political action has been extremely fruitful this year as noted in the above 990 statement.

HSTJ success over these past 7 years has brought about many challenges, not the least is the challenge to reach more poor areas of the greater Tijuana area and serve more animals. However, as it stands, we are extended as much as our limited resources permit and without an increase in support  we cannot reach out to these animals that urgently need our attention. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to visit the web site  to see what we are doing and what we need to do. The blog links on the home page go to periodic reports  that  provide specific details about the animals being helped. If these programs and activities are important to you, please consider the following ways you can help us help these animals.

Many of you have been participating in the opportunity drawings which are announced by email. These fundraising activities are very important and are an efficient way to use your donations without spending a lot of money on fundraising. Those of you who have participated know that we make the best of the donated coupons, passes and voucher received from commercial enterprises that support Friends of HSTJ. For those of you who have participated in the December fundraiser and/or those held earlier in the year, I offer my sincere thanks. For those of you that haven’t , I ask that you consider it at the next opportunity.

It’s been a pleasure to be able to share this information with you and I hope you found it informative.

I wish you the best for the coming year.

Richard Massa
President, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
Delegado Directivo, Humane Society de Tijuana

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

HSTJ's October 2012 Spay & Neuter Clinic

We would like to thank the wonderful Western University Students and Teachers of the SC-Association of Shelter Veterinarians group for their wonderful volunteer work at our very busy clinic on October 21, 2012.

We went to a new location in the La Mesa, TJ community and we fixed 55 animals in one day. Not only did they volunteer their precious time to help the animals of TJ, but they also raised funds for us so that we can have more clinics in the communities of Tijuana. They raised a total of $1041 and we could not be more grateful for the time and money that they have given to our cause and to the very deserving animals. One of the wonderful things about helping to run our organization like ours is that we get to see the amazing things that can happen when a group of wonderful people get together to make a difference in the world. Most of us get involved with animal charities because we love the animals, and then it is a big bonus when we get to work with great people who feel the same way.

Special thank you to Elaine Jordan at Western for helping to organize this event with us. She is going to make an amazing Veterinarian someday and the animals are so lucky to have her!!

 The weekend before, an Itchy-Scratchy Clinic was held at this same place,  treating 65 dogs, and 5 cats.  On the  day of the clinic Spay-Neuter Clinic, 27 more animals received the complete  Itchy-Scratchy treatment.

All pets treated at all three clinics in this location received a free bag of dog/cat kibble.

Thank you to all of the wonderful and dedicated volunteers who worked this clinic!

To see all of the pictures from this clinic visit:

Charlie the Boxer is Re-Born!

This is truly an incredible rescue. You would not have recognized this beautiful boxer when she was rescued. Run over by a car and left for dead, an HSTJ volunteer came to Charlie's aid.

Emaciated and dehydrated from exposure and neglect, it was also determined that Charlie had a broken hip. The diagnosis was that Charlie would never regain movement of his hind legs.

The young HSTJ rescuer did not lose hope, she began taking Charlie to a friend's house to swim in his pool. This served as a therapy for Charlie and amazingly enough, she began to grow stronger and her injuries were healed.

Charlie has recovered and regained full movement of her legs. Best of all she has been adopted into a wonderful home!

 To help dog's such as Charlie, please consider joining the Rescue 400 Club where you pledge just $5 a month to support HSTJ's monthly clinics. For more information, visit:

Princess the Weimaraner - Spared from Starvation

It is not only the street mutts that become abandoned, starved and ill, pure breed dogs are also found in need of assistance such as Princess the weimaraner. Princess was rescued by HSTJ volunteers on April 25, 2012. She was found in Tijuana, Mexicotied inside an abandoned house. She suffered from severe malnutrition, fleas and ticksDespite being abandoned by her owners, she immediately trusted her rescuers and they were able to rescue her without any problem. Recovery was long; at the time she was weighing only 32 pounds. Slowly but steady she reached her ideal weight with lots of food, water and tender loving care.

Because HSTJ does not have a shelter, we help individuals and volunteers doing rescues and fostering their rescues in their own homes. We help with food, medications and spay and neuter services. Once the animal is healthy and sterilized and has passed the health protocol, the animal is brought to one of HSTJ's adoption events in San Diego.  Princess is another wonderful story of rescue we are so happy to share with you.

HSTJ is Featured in TJ's Leading Newspaper

On November 11, 2012, a marvelous article about HSTJ appeared in the Frontera, TJ's leading newspaper. The article speaks of HSTJ's success with Spay/Nueter clinics and the change of attitudes on the part of the general public about sterilization.

A translation of the article is below:
The culture of sterilizing one´s own pets is increasing in Tijuana, as was made evident in Humane Society de Tijuana´s latest Spay/Neuter Clinic. Said clinic was held November 11, 2012 on the Universidad Iberoamericana´s Community Center near Playas de Tijuana. Leticia Coto, president of H.S.T.J. stated that on this day 66 pets were sterilized, of which more than half were males, implying a change in the owners´ attitudes. "I remember 9 years ago when we first started these community programs,  we would hand out flyers letting people know of the upcoming sterilization clinic. Most Tijuana residents had no clue as to what sterilizing their pets meant, and others believed it was a way of cleaning their dog," she said. For that reason, having so many owners bring their pets and more than half being male, involves a great achievement. A change of attitude among the general public, and awareness of the actual health benefits this means for their pets.

 This clinic was open to the public and approximately 30 volunteers and six vets participated. Ms. Coto emphasized that there has also been a change as far as mexican Vets are concerned, as they are now more involved in cooperating and volunteering their services at such clinics. At first, veterinarians felt these FREE or LOW COST spay/neuter clinics took away any possible customers. However, as time passed, they realized that not only was this program beneficial to the pet, but now the owner was more aware of keeping up with his pet´s  health, and therefore was more likely to schedule vet visits.

She added that during December there will be no HSTJ Sterilization Clinics, due to the inclement weather expected, and to the staff required, as most go on vacation or have other activities during this season. She said sterilization campaigns will resume around the end of January, pending availability of trained personnel and milder temperatures, otherwise it would unsuitable for the participants as well as pets.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Amazing rescue of Lucas!

LUCAS was found on May 20, run over on a very busy boulevard in Tijuana. HSTJ volunteers saw him leaning against the wall at the edge of the street, and noticed that despite being so scared, he would not move. They pulled up to the curb and got out quickly. Being such a busy street, it was dangerous to park in that area. They carried Lucas into the car, seeing some blood. But only after getting him home did they notice he had large cuts on his back legs and could not walk. The next day they took him to a vet and found out Lucas had both hind legs fractured. The vet scheduled his operation within two days. Lucas recovered for three months with nails in his legs from side to side. He struggled a lot, because he could not walk properly. When the Vet removed the nails, he explained that LUCAS had recovered well and could now walk properly. After continuing with his shots, de-worming, sterilization and medical tests, another month passed. When Lucas was ready they took him for the first time to an HSTJ Adoption Event at Petco and on that September 19th, 2012 Lucas found a home and his new family!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

HSTJ September Sterilization Clinic 2012

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, HSTJ conducted a spay & neuter clinic in the colonia of La Mesa at a volunteer´s house for many of the local rescuer's animals.
A total of 45 animals were fixed, 6 cats (4 Females, 2 Males), and 39 dogs ( 20 Females, 19 Males).

The clinic was a huge success and many of these animals will be readied for adoption in the coming months.

Thank you to all of the hard working volunteers! To view all of the pictures from this clinic, visit:

Friday, August 24, 2012

HSTJ Radio Interview with Radio KTEP

On July 22nd, HSTJ representatives were interviewed on KTEP - National Public Radio - El Paso, Texas. HSTJ talks about the challenges they face in increasing awareness of pet overpopulation among citizens of Tijuana.
Listen here:

The interview begins after about 5 minutes of other news.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

July & August Sterilization Clinics in La Mesa, Tijuana

On July 29th & August 12, 2012, HSTJ held two Spay / Neuter clinics in La Mesa, a Colonia of Tijuana.  

Volunteers received a great response from the community warranting a second clinic. Although the location was modest, setting up surgery and recovery in a small house, the results were amazing. 

The totals for both clinics are as follows:
DOGS: 23

DOGS: 20

Plus three mini clinics were conducted in July fixing an additional 22 animals bringing our clinic totals for July and August to 73 animals!

To see all of the photos from these clinics visit

Monday, August 6, 2012

The Story of Princess and her Incredible Rescue

Our dear Princess was found in a street corner in a very busy part of Tijuana, she was in terrible condition, underweight, mange on most parts of her body, pregnant and very ill. She could not walk or drink water anymore, she was weak and very afraid.

The volunteers took her to the nearest clinic where she received immediate medical attention, she needed an urgent surgery and treatments for her different problems. 
She stayed at the clinic for many days until she was strong enough to eat and drink water by herself.  It took many months for her to recover physically and emotionally, she is very smart and she knew that we taking care of her and protecting her.

On Sundays one of the volunteers would take her for a car ride and to spend time with her, she was always waiting at the door with a very unique expression in her face, for the first time we saw hope in her eyes.  
At this point we knew, she was ready to attend the adoption events because she was not fearful of humans anymore, she became a happy girl, full of joy and curiosity for the world.

To be able to attend her first adoption event we took her to the groomer, she was very cooperative and she let the groomer spoil her, she had a professional  bath and a haircut for the first time, she looked and felt fabulous.
Her first event was a success, she was so excited, she couldn’t stop walking around, kissing everybody and eating treats.   

She attended many events and finally she was adopted by a wonderful couple that adores her, now she has a forever home, she goes for walks everyday and she is receiving all the love she deserves. 
Now her full name is Princess Abigail “Abby” 

This is one of the letters we received from the great family that adopted her:

She is so wonderful!  When you left she missed you and was a little confused. Then she settled down, and we all began to make friends.  She slept on the bed with us that night, and we were all very comfortable. We took a video of her the next morning playing with us with a sock, like a little puppy!  It's long, and we'll try to send it to you when we figure out how.  :o)

Yesterday, we went to a park, and there's a picture of her looking at the ducks.

And today we went to the beach for a couple of hours.  She seemed to really enjoy that.  She's so sweet.  She can be so playful and affectionate sometimes, and she likes to nap on the sofa.  We have both received some very nice doggie kisses and are very happy.  It's hard to believe this is only the third day -- she really belongs here.

We are going to call her Abby -- short for Abigail, which means "Father's Joy".  So I told Bill (Papa-Pup) that her official fancy "show dog" name should be:  Princess Abigail Papa's Joy.  :o)

Again, thank you so very much.  And please express our gratitude to the wonderful people who helped her, healed her, and guided her to be the wonderful doggie that she is now.



Max's Incredible Story of Survival

Max was found is a trash bag, almost dead, his left ear missing, hairless, mange on 90% of his body, dehydrated and terrified.

Despite his terrible condition, Max was kissing us and moving his tale with gratitude from day one.
His rehabilitation was long and full of challenges but his bubbly personality was always there, very happy with all the love and attention. His emotional recovery was incredibly fast considering his situation, he was so happy taking car rides, having playtime and going for walks.

 He attended an adoption event in July, 2012and one of our FHSTJ volunteers in San Diego fell totally in love with him and after knowing his story she decided to adopt him, now he has a wonderful life with lots and lots of toys, love and the best care. 

Rocko - Another Success Story

Rocko was found in a very poor neighborhood in Tijuana, a volunteer called us to let us know that someone  had him tied in a very small area, with no food and water, his collar was already embedded in his skin.
The situation was so critical that about 15 people were involved in this rescue. The owner of the house denied that Rocko was in such bad condition, over and over this person rejected our help, so …a volunteer took a picture from the roof of a house next door, and after having all the facts and evidence, we demanded that these people give us Rocko immediately. Fortunately we were able to rescue him.
Rocko spent 2 months in a clinic, sometimes it seemed that he was getting better but  we were very worried about his mental stability, he was terrified, anxious and depressed, he was at times biting his own tale and crying so much. 
Lots of love and attention from many volunteers involved in this case made all the difference,  Rocko was gaining weight and confidence, soon he became such an incredible dog, full of energy and joy.
Finally he made the transition from Tijuana to one of the volunteer’s home in San Diego, this was an amazing experience for Rocko, walking on grass for the first time in his life, going to the doggie park, having a big space to run and play,  the transformation in his life was a miracle. 
Now our dear Rocko has a forever home with a wonderful family in San Diego, he has now 2 siblings, and is as happy as he can be.  
Rocko was adopted and this is a letter from the family who adopted him:
He is a very happy and playful addition to our family. He bounces all over the house and yard entertaining everyone! As you had told us, he loves the park. We have another rescue dog who is very shy and timid. But, Rocko has really brought her out of her shell. That was what we hoped would happen. We are pretty sure he is part goat, he climbs up onto everything. He has climbed over our 6ft fence and into the front yard, and then he climbed back over back into the yard. So, we are making our fence higher.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

June & July Itchy Scratchy Clinics

On June 12, 2012. HSTJ held an Itchy Scratchy clinic at the Colonia Villas del Sol. Hstj made a huge effort to reach everyone in this community. They were informed of HSTJ´s program of Itchy Scratchy Clinics and Spay Neuter Clinics. The response in this location was GREAT. In total HSTJ treated 115 dogs and 7 cats for mange, parasites and fleas. A donation of both wet and dry dog or cat food was made to every person who brought their pets for treatment on this day. They were also invited to our next Sterilization clinic in their area. Follow up visits were scheduled for those pets who were treated for severe cases of mange. As you can see in these pictures, there were several severe cases, and they are receiving follow up treatments.

On July 3, 2012. HSTJ held an Itchy Scratchy clinic at the Colonia Buenos Aires Sur. HSTJ´s program of Itchy Scratchy Clinics and Spay Neuter Clinics is well accepted by neighbors in this Colonia or community. The response in this location was GREAT. In total HSTJ treated 102 dogs and 5 cats for mange, parasites and fleas. A donation of dog or cat food was made to every person who brought their pets for treatment on this day. They were also invited to our up coming Sterilization clinic in their area. Follow up visits were scheduled for those pets who were treated for severe cases.. As you can see in these pictures, there was one special case of a pitt who had a strange disease on her face. She was taken to a volunteer vet and is now receiving treatment.

To see all of the photos from our clinics visit:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HSTJ's June 3, 2012 Spay & Neuter Clinic

On Sunday June 3, 2012, volunteers from San Diego joined the dedicated volunteers in Tijuana and conducted a successful spay & neuter clinic  fixing a total of 57 animals! It was a long day but so very worth it, knowing that that the lives of 57 animals have been improved, they can be happier and healthier and not contribute to the already overcrowded animal population.

You can view all of the photos from the June 2nd clinic on our flickr page here:

Another Amazing Rescue - This is Corrie’s story.

A woman was visiting her mother-in-law. She could hear a constant whimpering sound in the distance. She decided to investigate and found a tiny fluffy puppy among the debris in an empty lot. She appeared to be the last of the litter. The woman made several attempts to find the pup’s mom, but to no avail. When night was falling, she was getting ready to leave. She decided to check one last time and if the puppy was still alone, she would take her. With a flashlight in hand she went into the darkness. Sure enough, she emerged with the beautiful black puppy. Not knowing what to do with it, she brought into HSTJ volunteer Lisette’s home, who happily took her in. Corita was immediately loved by the other dogs that Lisette had at the time. As Corrie grew, she was very close to a gentle giant, Daisy. A 13 year old Boxer-Terrier mix.
They were like mother and daughter. Sadly Daisy passed, leaving Corrie alone, with lots of love to give.
Sometime after that, Lisette and family went on vacation. And returned not knowing Corrie had become pregnant during that time. Corrie had 9 puppies, some of which have already been adopted out. She was then fixed, received all her shots and completed HSTJ’s adoption protocol. Corrie is super friendly with other dogs. She is very affectionate. Does excellent with senior citizens and very small children, as well as adults and children of all ages. She is very sociable. Loves getting hugs and attention. She loves cats, and is very gentle with them. She is not a barker. She is so patient, she is willing to share her food bowl with anyone. Corrie does well with puppies and older dogs, loves going for walks, playing outdoors, or just riding in the car. She is an all around good dog who has never had any behavioral problem. She will make an outstanding companion for your family. Corrie will be happy as an only dog or as an addition to a family with other dogs.
With such beautiful qualities, Corrie was soon adopted. A family flew down from Oregon to San Diego and fell in love with her. After quite a drive, Corrie was at her new home. She has become part of a wonderful family and volunteers at the local library’s “Kids Read to Dogs” program.

HSTJ Participates in Political Rally in Tijuana

On Sunday, May 13, 2012 HSTJ was invited to a political rally where one of the Candidates for Senator heard proposals to reform animal welfare laws. Besides HSTJ, many other animal advocacy groups were present. First and foremost on the agenda was the petition for outlawing animal electrocutions at the dog pounds as a means of euthanasia. 

HSTJ provided spay/neuter information to all who were present, as well as provided de-worming medication and flea and tick medicine to those who bought their pets. With the support of a local vet, free rabies vaccines were also offered to those supporting the Candidate’s party. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

HSTJ's April 15, 2012 Sterilization Clinic

On April 15, 2012, HSTJ joined forces with the Western University School of Medicine to sponsor a spay & neuter clinic in Playas de Tijuana.

A group of 20 volunteers from the Student Chapter Association of Shelter Veterinarians traveled down from Pomona, bringing with them donations and medical expertise. Several school professors, who were licensed veterinarians performed surgeries, and the wonderful students, who were eager to help HSTJ's mission to decrease animal over population in Tijuana, assisted in pre and post-op.

A special thank you goes out to Elaine Jordan for organizing this partnership. Our furry friends, who most have never been seen by a vet or vet tech in their lives, were in great hands with this team, getting fixed, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, given flea treatment and of course lots of love and kisses!  A total of 48 animals were fixed this day, 12 cats and 36 dogs!

It truly was a pleasure to have such a wonderful team of individuals looking to make a difference for the street animals of TJ and knowing that these very individuals are our future veterinarians! 

To view all of the pictures from the April 15, 2012 clinic, please visit

HSTJ Participates in Tijuana Rally to Support International Street Dog Day!

On April 4, 2012 a local march was organized jointly by local rescuers and HSTJ to support Dia Internacional Del Perro Callejero [INTERNATIONAL STREET DOG DAY]  and  to support "spay and neuter" and "adopt don't buy".  It took place in Tijuana near Plaza Rio and the CECUT Cultural Center.

Many  of the local groups that participated are those which HSTJ supports with food, medicines, and spay and neuter services.

As you can see the HSTJ signs are prominent. 

Many other supporter signs read " Sorry for the bother but we are changing the world." 

and "Adopta- No compres " and "No compres, Adopta  [Adopt don't buy]

HSTJ had large displays for sterilization clinics and a video display truck played the HSTJ video -Spay and Neuter Your Animal.

A momentum is definitely building amongst the rescue community in Tijuana, we hope to continue this shift towards change and one day soon see a time of NO MORE HOMELESS PETS! The answer is Spay & Neuter, our number ONE priority and we have our loyal supporters to thank for the progress we have made!

For more information visit