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