Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Holidays from HSTJ! Its Our End of Year Report! 2013

 
Dear Friends of HSTJ:

As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s time to evaluate our programs and plan for the new year. As a supporter and FRIEND, the board of directors invites you to participate in this evaluation by sharing your comments with us. This letter will provide you with a general summary of activities. For those who want specific details of programs and events, I encourage you to read the periodic reports that we post on our blog (www.friendsofhumanesocietydetijuana.blogspot.com).

The past year saw:
  • a substantial increase in the number of spays/neuters and adoptions;
  • a breakthrough in legal action against animal cruelty;
  • the establishment of a fixed site clinic for rescuers working in the Tijuana area;
  • an expansion of the use of public, family community centers throughout the Tijuana area where we set up monthly mobile spay/neuter clinics;
  • the expansion of neighbor sites for the Itchy-Scratchy parasite and mange control clinics; and
  •  the establishment of an animal advocate legal fund to promote the enforcement of those city regulations that we fought so hard to establish.
Before I offer specifics about some of the aforementioned programs, I’ve included the required summary report that FHSTJ includes in its annual 990 report to the IRS. It will give you some idea of the amount of animals that benefit from the programs that you are supporting. [see directly below]

“During the past year, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana [FHSTJ ] provided 85% of the financial support for the Humane Society de Tijuana's [HSTJ] programs that

performed 803 low cost and free spay/neuter surgeries; provided free services  for 3396 pets of the poor and street animals by treating them for parasites, mange and malnutrition; supported individual rescuers having a collective daily census of 200 animals with free food, basic medication and spay/neuter surgeries; distributed 75,000 pounds of pet food at clinics and among rescuers and facilitated 107 pet adoptions in Mexico. FHSTJ placed 43 hardcore rescues in permanent homes in the San Diego area. FHSTJ continues to provide support for HSTJ’s role as a recognized organization advocating the enforcement of  city animal welfare regulations through its work with the city and state government to reform dog pound conditions and the prohibition of minors at bull fights . This was accomplished with a corps of 40 volunteers who supplement the corps of 32 Mexican volunteers.  These programs continue to benefit communities on both sides of the American and Mexican border through efforts to control animal disease and animal overpopulation.”
Animal Advocate Legal Fund

Finally, after eight years of pleading and pushing the functionaries in the legal system, we saw the first animal cruelty case go to court. While the outcome was mixed [full details are in a special report on the blog], the fact that it went to court is a major breakthrough. Up to now, the city prosecuting attorney would not take a case saying that there was no precedent and until a judge was willing to accept such a case, they would not pursue the issue. Now, with this first case, it is time to push for more prosecutions of people violating the animal cruelty laws. We are in the process of meeting with the Mexican lawyers who took the first case pro bono. Our funds are limited but we are setting aside a modest fund to cover filing fees, local transportation of witnesses and other incidental expenses. We cannot expect the lawyers to cover these while they take on the cases pro bono. Last year’s donation barely covered our regular expenses so this money will have to come out of our modest reserves so as not to decrease the number of animals served in the other programs. Please consider a donation to support the legal action fund so that we don’t have to deplete our modest reserves that are necessary in case of a natural disaster such as occurred in Mexicali a few years ago.

Fixed Site Clinic

As I have emphasized to our donors ever since we started, we choose not to have a shelter for several reasons. The most important are the ongoing costs and the
 
controls imposed by the city of Tijuana. To run a decent shelter you need a lot of space and personnel. It cannot be run only with volunteers. It is expensive and even with funds there is no guarantee that it would be a healthy, loving environment for the animals. Then, there is another obstacle in Tijuana. City regulations require any shelter, public or private, to be under the direct supervision of the director of the city pound and his supervising agency, the department of health. These are the two entities that we have been trying to reform for years.  It would put the shelter at the disposal of the functionaries for their use and we would have to participate in the very practices that we have been fighting to reform. To solve the problem, we run mobile clinics and support several individual rescuers all throughout the Tijuana area. Now, we need to expand the services for these individual rescuers by providing them with a fixed location where they can bring their rescues without having to wait until the next mobile clinic. To do this, we have launched the Tijuana Animal Project.  It is a modest rented facility in the center of the greater Tijuana area where the rescuers can meet volunteer veterinarians and other volunteers to initiate treatments before they take animals to their homes for foster care.  In addition, the site will provide a permanent clinic for HSTJ spay/neuter campaigns.

Of course, we will still be offering monthly mobile spay/neuter clinics in the poorest areas of the city as well as the bi-monthly Itchy-Scratchy mobile clinics.

THESE NEW PROGRAMS WILL REQUIRE FUNDING THAT WILL HAVE TO COME FROM THE RESERVES SINCE LAST YEAR’S DONATIONS BARELY COVERED THE REGULAR PROGRAMS. WE HAVE DELAYED EXPANDING OUR PROGRAMS SUCH AS THE FIXED SITE CLINIC AND THE LEGAL ACTION FUND BECAUSE WE SAW ONLY A SMALL INCREASE IN DONATIONS. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT WAIT ANY LONGER IF WE ARE TO SEE PROGRESS. THERE ARE TOO MANY SUFFERING ANIMALS NEEDING HELP. OUR RESERVES WILL ONLY SUPPORT THESE EXPANSIONS FOR ONE YEAR AND IT WILL ALSO PLACE US AT RISK IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY. PLEASE HELP US HELP THE ANIMALS BY SHARING THIS INFORMATION WITH OTHERS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO CONSIDER A DONATION TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE EXPANDING OUR SERVICES TO THE ANIMALS.

Since its inception, HSTJ has recognized that our organization alone cannot do all it takes to help the abandoned and distressed animals found all over the city. We have
encouraged groups to form around their special animal interests much as they do in first world cities. We have actively supported several rescue groups that have formed over the years. We supply them basic materials, food and spay/neuter surgeries; but, many of these organizations function only for a limited time and dissolve.  We continue to encourage individual rescuers to form rescue groups like those that exist in our sister city of San Diego.


Remember, HSTJ and FHSTJ are all volunteer organizations. We get no government support. We operate on a meager budget. Nobody receives a salary or other type of compensation. Our compensation is the satisfaction of knowing that we have saved animals from a life of starvation, disease, pain and fear.

Your generous support in the past has allowed HSTJ to make steady progress  each year. Please don’t let that progress slow down. The animals are counting on YOU!

On behalf of the animals, I extend a sincere THANK YOU.

Richard Massa

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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

HSTJ's November 17, 2013 Sterilization Clinic

Free Spay & Neuter clinic in the Colonia Castillo area of Tijuana

Sunday, November 17; HSTJ held a spay & neuter clinic in the Colonia Castillo area of Tijuana. The focus of this clinic was to provide support and help for local independent rescuers and some groups. A large group of volunteers from the Humane Society of San Diego came down and helped out at the clinic, assisting in the pre-op and post-op areas. Care was given to 56 animals. Thanks to all the volunteers who made possible this campaign

To see photos from this clinics visit: HSTJ's November 17, 2013 Sterilization Clinic


Monday, December 9, 2013

Article About HSTJ Posted in San Diego Pets Magazine by Mimi Pollack

­Thank you Mimi Pollack for writing this great article which will be posted in San Diego Pets Magazine

http://sandiegopetsmagazine.com/bookmark/24150543/article-Friends

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Animals don’t have nationalities. They will love you no matter who you are and where you come from. Unfortunately, humans’ treatment of animals varies greatly, depending on the country and culture. There are many strays and homeless animals in Mexico. The dogs and cats of Tijuana and Baja California, Mexico are lucky to have an organization here in San Diego, called Friends of Humane Society of Tijuana. This organization was founded to give direct support to the Humane Society of Tijuana and the same dedicated group of volunteers oversees both. Their mission is to promote the well being of the animals of Tijuana and Baja, including the more than 7,000 stray dogs, by setting up spay/ neuter clinics, “itchy/scratchy” clinics, giving assistance to people who rescue homeless dogs and cats, and programs to educate the public.

Up until 2006, there was not even a Humane Society in Tijuana. That changed when Richard Massa, a retired dean and vice president of San Diego City College, Leticia Coto, a long time animal rights activist in Baja, and Alejandro Arias, a local lawyer, merged their vision and energies and founded the society. Leticia Coto is now the acting president. They do not have a building or shelter, but rather rely on dedicated fosters on both sides of the border who help them. All their clinics are also mobile which enables them to go around Tijuana and northern Baja, and to some of the poorer neighborhoods where there is a great need for their services. They want to foster more responsible ownership that isn’t always there by explaining the importance of spaying and neutering, deworming, using flea medications and even just the basics like food, a bowl of water, and some shelter. They try to have four clinics a month which includes neutering almost 50 animals, 70% dogs and 30% cats. Their organization is strictly non-profit and they rely on donations that mostly come from San Diego and this side of the border.

Because of this, in 2007, with the help of Nicole Riley and Michelle S. Grycner, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana was founded. Richard Massa is the president of Friends of HSTJ, Michelle is the vice-president and Nicole is the secretary. This organization was set up to give support to HSTJ, and they help to organize volunteers and veterinarians for the low cost spay/ neuter clinics, and the itchy/scratchy clinics where they treat the animals for fleas, ticks, mange, and parasites. They also find suitable fosters, set up adoptions of the rescued street animals, run the adoption events they hold at local shopping centers, including Whole Foods in Hillcrest and Petco on Friars Road, and help raise funds to pay for all the bills and supplies. Finally, they are also promoting humane legislation and working to sustain suspension of electrocutions at public dog pounds in Mexico. They are the angels working to protect the animals of Tijuana and Baja, provide them with a better life, and to promote more responsible pet ownership among the people. It is a daunting task. They have received funds from the Petco Foundation, but they are always in need of donations, supplies, medicines, and people to foster and volunteer. To find out how you can help and when their next event will be, go to their website www.friendsofhstj.org. They also have a Facebook page here.

Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine - Friends

Friday, November 1, 2013

HSTJ's October 2013 Clinic


During the month of October HSTJ volunteers conducted a sterilization clinic in the Colonia Camino Verde on October 27, 2013 fixing a total of 26 animals!

Monday, October 7, 2013

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM HSTJ PRESIDENT re Animal Cruelty Laws in Tijuana

SEPTEMBER 2013

Dear Friends of HSTJ,
I want to take this opportunity to call your attention to a major breakthrough regarding the enforcement of animal cruelty laws in Tijuana. First, permit me to preface the good news by reminding our supporters that while there has been a long standing Baja California state law regarding animal cruelty, we had never been able to get any functionaries to enforce that law. Our complaints and requests were usually met with a response from public prosecutors that no case had ever come before a judge and the law had never been tested. Then we focused on getting some city level regulations. It worked. Last year we were a principal participant in getting Tijuana to adopt city regulations. However, we encountered the same as with the state regulations. We used these regulations when we  approached offenders; however, no public official initiated  legal action against those offenders. It was obvious that we needed to find a way to initiate the legal process ourselves.  We needed to support an aggrieved individual to take action against another person for cruelty toward the aggrieved person’s animal. That would be the easiest type of case to start with.  A more difficult case would be to show that we are the legal protector of an animal when the offender is the owner of the animal. In Mexico, it is a costly and cumbersome process when it is not your animal and public prosecutors are not involved. Nevertheless, it was necessary to get a case to court for a precedent so that the public prosecutors could no longer ignore complaints by using the excuse of having no precedent. Finally, in July 2013, three Mexican lawyers took  a case pro bono. With the backing of HSTJ and other animal activists, a case was prosecuted and a precedent was set. Frontera, a Tijuana daily newspaper, carried the article on 17 July 2013. [ ref: copy of article by Angela Torres]

The article states that Maria Uscanga was found guilty of animal cruelty  under the law by the municipal judge for her actions against two cats, one  which she  killed by strangulation and the other by putting it in a bag and slamming it against a wall. It further states that these cats were recently adopted by her neighbor and that she carried out these actions in front of her neighbor’s children. The sentence for this type of crime is  3 months  up to 3 years in jail and bail set at 30 times the Mexican national minimum daily salary. The article emphasizes that this case gives notice to the public that animal cruelty laws exist and this case serves as a precedent to apply the law with the associated punishment.

THIS IS A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH FOR HSTJ AND ANYONE WANTING TO PROTECT THE ANIMALS UNDER THE LAW.

However, as I noted above, it is easier for HSTJ to assist an individual to take action against another when it involves the aggrieved person’s animal than to assist an animal where the animal’s owner is the offender.  In such cases we have to maneuver through uncharted waters and get ourselves recognized as the protector of the animal. We cannot expect to have lawyers doing everything pro bono. Thus, to take advantage of the momentum we need to set money aside for legal action and that is money that we do not have unless we cut back on our clinics and rescue support.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING US BRING MORE ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES TO COURT, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A SPECIAL DONATION SO THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO MAKE CHOICES BETWEEN STOPPING ANIMAL CRUELTY AND OFFERING CLINICS/ DOING RESCUES.

 I will be meeting with some Mexican lawyers to discuss the process of setting up a legal advocate program and an associated budget so that we can bring more cases to court.  Publicity about successful court outcomes will put offenders on notice and give the public reason to pause and examine their own behavior toward animals. Our ultimate objective is to show the city functionaries that it is possible to enforce these laws. We want them to step up to the plate and assign public prosecutors as they should.

Can our animals count on you for support?

Thank you for being a Friend of Humane Society de Tijuana.

Richard Massa

President, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana

Delegado Directivo, Humane Society de Tijuana

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

HSTJ's September 2013 Clinics


During the month of September, HTJ volunteers conducted two mini sterilization clinics fixing a total 71 animals!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

HSTJ's August 2013 Clinics

During the month of August, HSTJ conducted SIX Itchy Scratchy Street Clinics treating a total of 816  animals for mange, fleas and ticks and owners were educated on importance of proper nutrition and sterilization! PLUS one sterilization clinic on August 25, 2013 fixing a total of 34 animals!

August 3, 2013 at Colonia Lazaro Cardenas
August 4, 2013 at Colonia Lazaro Cardenas
August 6, 2013 at Calonia Camino Verde
August 11, 2013 at Colonia Buenos Aires Norte
August 18, 2013 at Sub-Delegacion Salvatierra
August 25, 2013 at Colonia El Dorado - Primera Seccion
To see photos from all August clinics, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/collections/72157638552479724/

Saturday, August 10, 2013

HSTJ's July 2013 Clinics

During the month of July, HSTJ conducted SIX Itchy Scratchy Street Clinics treating a total of 595  animals for mange, fleas and ticks and owners were educated on importance of proper nutrition and sterilization!

July 1, 2013 at Colonia Mariano Matamoros
July 9, 2013 at Colonia Buenos Aires Norte
July 13, 2013 at Colonia San Bernardo
July 17, 2013 at Ampliacion Guaycura
July 23, 2013 at Colonia Buenos Aires Sur
July 30, 2013 at Colonia Valle Verde

To see photos from all July Clinics visit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/collections/72157638552479724/

Monday, July 1, 2013

HSTJ's June 2013 Clinics!


During the month of June, HSTJ conducted five clinics in five different colonias!












HSTJ's JUNE 1, 2013 ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC

June 1, 2013 IS clinic in the Colonia Nuevo Milenia

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634767410961/

HSTJ's JUNE 4, 2013 ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC

June 4, 2013 IS clinic in the Colonia El Dorado

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634767778303/


HSTJ's JUNE 11, 2013 ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC

June 11, 2013 IS clinic in the Colonia Buenos Aires Sur

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634774581126/

HSTJ's JUNE 18, 2013 ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC

June 18, 2013 IS clinic in the Colonia Valle Verde

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634768499139/

HSTJ's JUNE 25, 2013 ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC

June 25, 2013 IS clinic in the Colonia Las Fuentes Boulevard 2000

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634768981749/

Saturday, June 1, 2013

HSTJ's May 2013 Clinics!

During the month of May 2013, HSTJ conducted five Itchy Scratchy clinics in five different colonias!

May 7, 2013 IS Clinic in Colonia El Dorado - Segundo Seccion

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634764807821/

May 19, 2013 IS Clinic in Colonia Salvatierra

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634765818099/

May 21, 2013 IS Clinic in Colonia Buenos Aires Norte

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634772744534/

May 26, 2013 IS Clinic in Colonia Camino Verde

To see photos from this clinic, visithttp://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634773005244/

On May 14, 2013 HSTJ made arrangements to hold an Itchy-Scratchy Clinic at the Esperanza Community Health Awareness Center. This is a small, locally run institution that provides basic health services to the residents living in one of the poorest colonias in all of Tijuana. It is completely run by religious women, also known as Nuns. The center is located inside the Nueva Aurora colonia, one of the locations scheduled for periodical HSTJ visits.

On this occasion, and as preparation for the upcoming NO-COST Sterilization Clinic to be held in June 2013, HSTJ has begun providing treatment against mange, fleas, and ticks. This is done with a specific objective in mind; that all pets brought for sterilization be in the best possible conditions.

As always, we encountered many cases of severe malnutrition, chronic mange, and others with life-threatening tick infestations. (Please view the pictures with caution as some cases are very bad). Due to the enormous need and public response, another Itchy-Scratchy Clinic has been scheduled to be held on May 25, 2013, only about ten days after the first. All severe cases will receive personalized follow-up treatment leading to their recovery.

As always, and thanks to donors like you, besides the complete treatment, an allotment of vitamins and dog or cat food was provided to the pet owners. Their owners' loving care, coupled with HSTJ's harmonious efforts to reach out to these so-called ''forgotten'' areas, will get these beloved pets into better health, enabling the vets to perform successful spay and neuter surgeries.

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157634148319883/

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

HSTJ's April 2013 Clinics!

HSTJ'S APRIL 6TH ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
On April 6, 2013 HSTJ visited the Camino Verde colony. The total amount of pets brought for treatment were an astounding 140! Volunteers worked diligently and managed to cover all 140 pets by administering an effective treatment for their painful and sometimes life threatening cases of mange, ticks, fleas, and internal parasites.

Clinic totals: 140
DOGS: 132
CATS: 8

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633894532991/

HSTJ'S APRIL 16TH ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
On April 16, 2013 HSTJ visited the Colonia El Dorado. Three volunteers had an excellent turnout. On that day neighbors brought their pets to the clinic for treatments against mange, fleas, ticks and parasites. Many of the residents have no prior knowledge of cures for their pets' ailments.

Clinic totals: 99
DOGS: 92
CATS: 7

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633879719515/

HSTJ'S APRIL 30TH ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
On April 30, 2013 HSTJ visited the colonia: Villas del Real. Volunteers had spectacular response, treating a total of 130 pets for mange, fleas, ticks and parasites. All pet owners also received a 3lb. bag of dog or cat food as well. Below are the totals for this clinic.

Clinic totals: 130
DOGS: 127
CATS: 3

To see photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633895637346/

Sunday, March 31, 2013

HSTJ's March 2013 Clinics!

During the month of March, HSTJ conducted four Itchy Scratchy clinics in four different colonias of Tijuana treating over 400 animals!











Date: March 5, 2013 Location: Colonia. Buenos Aires Sur dogs: 88 cats: 6

For photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633345884915/

Date: March 12, 2013 Location: Colonia El Dorado dogs: 80 cats: 5 total: 85

For photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633361622082/

DATE: March 19, 2013 LOCATION: Colonia EL ALTIPLANO DOGS: 198 CATS: 7 TOTAL: 205

For photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633383248270/

Date: March 26, 2013 Location: Colonia Buen Ires Norte dogs: 59 cats: 5 total 64

For photos from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157633368481047/

Thursday, February 28, 2013

HSTJ's February 2013 Clinics!

FEBRUARY 1ST ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
On February 1st, HSTJ was asked to visit a small but stable colonia on the eastern side of Tijuana named Loma Dorada. After a slow start, neighbors began to approach volunteers for their pets' treatment. The colonia's leader said they would be thrilled to have a Spay/Neuter Clinic held there in the future.

On this day, a total of 106 pets were treated, including 99 dogs and 7 cats.
For pictures from this clinic, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632867855508/

FEBRUARY 12TH ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
On February 12th, HSTJ paid a visit to the fourth section of Villas del Sol. A small community of low-cost government housing. In these small communities neighbors endeavor to spay or neuter their pets, keep them in good health and well fed. In some cases this is difficult due to economic uncertainty, yet most homes have one or two pets. Despite the challenge, families still seek to provide their pets with adequate care, taking full advantage of programs such as HSTJ's ''Itchy-Scratchy Clinics'' and the ''Spay/Neuter Clinics''.

On this day 68 pets were treated, including 59 dogs and 9 cats.

As with all ''Itchy-Scratchy Clinics'', pets received treatment for fleas, ticks, worms, mange and received a free bag of dog or cat kibble. In many cases the eyes and ears were cleaned, the nails were clipped and vitamins were provided when needed.

All were advised to make an appointment for HSTJ's next low-cost ''Spay/Neuter Clinic''.
For pictures from this clinic, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632864512623/

FEBRUARY 24TH SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC
February 24, 2013
With support from local Tijuana rescue group P.A.T.A. (Protection of Animals in Total Abandonment) and animal rights activists E.T.D. (Animals in Total Abandonment),
HSTJ held a much needed sterilization clinic at an extremely impoverished community in Tijuana. After an extensive funding campaign, it was possible to offer a completely FREE spay/neuter clinic to this community.

We had the help of 6 veterinarians who in total sterilized 49 pets. Unfortunately time, space and resources were limited. The demand greatly exceeded HSTJ's initial assessment and many animals were not sterilized on that day.

Arrangements are being made, and we look forward to holding yet another clinic in that same area on March 24th.

A very special thanks goes out to beloved and self-sacrificing Dr. Gail who made the journey from Orange County, CA to Camino Verde, MEX all by herself, and after several hours of continuous surgery, made the long drive back (including the border wait) unaccompanied.

Thank you for all your help Dr. Gail!
For pictures from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632866741115/

Monday, February 11, 2013

HSTJ Featutred in San Diego's Leading Newspaper!

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/jan/17/saving-one-at-a-time/

Saving one at a time

City with 7,000 strays depends on its special Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana committed to border area animal rescue

The retired San Diego City College dean is president of the Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, a nonprofit group that has been working since 2007 to help both animals and people in the communities that border San Diego.
The group educates the public and offers spay and neutering surgeries, parasite control programs and street rescues. It also works toward the prevention of international smuggling of animals.
The group has no shelter but is armed with eight dedicated Mexican veterinarians and four American vets, nearly 80 volunteers and a mobile clinic. Massa says the Friends of HSTJ is making strides to bring important change to Mexico for the sake of animals.
“ ‘Why do you do it?’ We hear that all the time,” says Massa, an upbeat and dedicated 74-year-old and Ohio native who moved from Jamul to Playas de Tijuana to start the group seven years ago. “We cannot help all of the animals, but we can help one at a time. And that’s how we’re going to solve the problem.”
The statistics are grim: On any given day, Massa says 7,000 animals are loose on the streets of Tijuana, a city with 1.4 million people. Many of these roaming dogs and cats are starving, ill and frightened.
While Mexico’s government does not keep statistics on the country’s animal population, the Humane Society de Tijuana estimates there is an average of one companion animal for each household.
How ever many there are, Massa says it is rare that these animals are spayed or neutered. He estimates that fewer than 1 percent receive professional veterinary care.
In 2012, the group’s veterinarians performed 557 low-cost and free spay/neuter surgeries, and provided free services for 3,626 pets of the poor and street animals, treating them for parasites, infections, mange and malnutrition. Volunteers also were able to dole out 100,000 pounds of donated pet food to animals in need.
They also supported individual rescuers helping 245 animals with free food, basic medication and spay/neuter surgeries, which resulted in 157 pet adoptions in Mexico. The group was able to place 43 rescued pets in permanent homes in the San Diego area.
“By rescuing one animal, you will not change the whole world, but for that animal you have changed his whole world,” Massa said.
The group is a major participant in city, state and federal meetings to reform dog pound conditions and work on humane legislation.
“The most important thing for us right now is to bring about a change,” Massa said. “The attitude toward spay and neuter is more positive than it’s ever been.”

Mini Spay Clinic Project Well Received by Veterinarians, Rescuers and General Public



In 2012 and thanks to special support from Mrs. Olive Walker of Los Angeles, California, HSTJ was able to initiate a two year project of mini spay clinics which are offered through participating Tijuana Veterinarians at their private animal hospitals and on revolving dates. These clinics are in addition to the HSTJ monthly community center clinics which take place in various neighborhoods of the greater Tijuana area. The HSTJ Mini Clinics, like the monthly community clinics, offer low cost or free spay/neuter surgeries for the animals of individual rescuers receiving help from HSTJ as well as the general public. They have been well received by rescuers, veterinarians and the general public.
 Now, rescuers do not have to wait until the next scheduled monthly clinic to have an animal spayed and prepared for adoption. They can go to any one of the seven participating veterinarians. Those same veterinarians are encouraging the people in their neighborhoods with limited resources to spay/neuter their animals with the support of the HSTJ program.  So far the program is averaging 22 animals a month and the numbers are increasing each month. These are in addition to the current monthly community clinic spay/neuter surgeries which are averaging 45 a month.
If you wish to see this project continue and become a regular part of the HSTJ programs, please help with a donation. Remember, HSTJ offers support to rescuers in the greater Tijuana area that have a collective average daily census of 240 animals and they rely on HSTJ for spay/neuter services, food,  basic medications and grooming supplies as well as political action in support of their animals.

 With each success HSTJ has a new challenge and that challenge is to reach out to the many more animals that desperately need help.

 Will you help us save these animals from a life of starvation, disease, pain and fear?
 
For more information on making a donation, please visit
To see all of our pictures from our clinics, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/