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