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Causes: San Diego fundraiser Tuesday for Tijuana dogs

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The Humane Society of Tijuana is a non-profit group dedicated to finding homes for some of Tijuana’s thousands of street dogs and cats. They also hold sterilization clinics. The Society attracts volunteers from both sides of the border, and they are holding a fundraiser Tuesday in San Diego. Here’s the note one of their members sent to me:


Greetings Friends!
On Tuesday, September 30th from 5-8 p.m., the La Jolla Brewhouse is having a happy hour to raise money towards a Mobile Unit for Humane Society de Tijuana’s Street Clinics!
La Jolla Brewhouse is a dog friendly establishment, so feel free to bring your furry friends as well. See their website for more info at www.lajollabrewhouse.com
10% of all bar proceeds will be donated to HSTJ and there will be a raffle for some cool prizes such as restaurant and beauty gift certificates, t-shirts and hats. All raffle ticket sales will be donated as well!! The raffle tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.
So, If you are looking for something fun to do that is also for a great cause, please mark your calendars and come on down to the La Jolla Brewhouse Tuesday, September 30th from 5-8pm!
The La Jolla Brewhouse is located in La Jolla, just off of Pearl Avenue, near the Vons shopping center at 7536 Fay Avenue.
If you have any physical donations for HSTJ, feel free to bring them on Tuesday the 30th as well.
Thank you for your continued support. I hope to see you there!

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Counting Sheep

This statue of a bighorn sheep stands at the fork of a road in the east side of Tijuana where you either veer south to Rosarito Beach or continue on to Tecate. He looks a little lonely, and maybe that’s because he’s thinking of his love north of the border.

According to the Bighorn Institute, about 800 of the Peninsula Bighorn reside in the United States – where they are considered to be a federal endangered species – while recent surveys place the Mexican total at about 2,500.

A story in the Daily Bulletin says that bighorns from the U.S. cross the border into Mexico to mate with the herds down south. The 2006 story notes that additional border barriers could prevent these trysts and make it harder for the northern tribes to rebound.

causes: shoes to save border animals

There are quite a few non-profit groups and associations doing interesting work in Baja California, from providing eye exams to saving street children and abused animals. This blog posting kicks off a new occasional series called “causes” that will look at what they are doing.

To start off we will highlight a Summer fundraiser being held by San Felipe’s Animal Rescue (mentioned previously here)  that is holding an EBay shoe sale through Aug. 15: Buy two shoes and the second pair is half price. The benefits will go towards their ZAPP project, which stands for Zero Additional Pup-ulation Project. The Baja Animal Rescue has a page on EBay  where you can regularly scroll for shoes that are either brand new or barely-worn. The group – that operates on the northeast section of the Baja peninsula –  collects donated shoes throughout the year to update the selections.

According to the Rescue group,  they’ve managed to fix 502 dogs and cats in the San Felipe area since January. Read more about their spay and neuter program here. The next clinic is being held July 26 in San Felipe, and they are starting to hold pet adoptions across the border in El Centro, Calif.  Learn more about these and other programs on their web site.

Addition: Per request, this is the address to send donated shoes to the group.

Shoes For Spays/San Felipe Animal Rescue

95 East Highway 98

Calexico, Calif. 92232.


screen shot from San Felipe’s Animal Rescue Group’s EBay store.

Other dog rescues along the border

(photo from screen shot of Humane Society of Tijuana web page)


From my years of reporting experience, I’ve found that few topics elicit as much reader reaction as stories about immigration and animals.

Imagine what happens when you mix the two, which is what happened this week when news media reported a story about a shepherd mix puppy whose abuse along the U.S.-Mexico border fence was documented on video. According to an article in The San Diego Union-Tribune, a man tossed the puppy over the border fence from Tijuana into the U.S. and then proceeded to jump over the fence to beat the puppy. The incident was caught on tape, the man retreated back into Mexico and the Border Patrol rescued the animal.

The Border Patrol isn’t the only group rescuing abandoned and abused animals from Tijuana. With Mexico stretched for resources to provide social services for its own residents,  Baja California residents and U.S. expatriates have created non-governmental associations dedicated to protecting four-legged critters. Here’s the ones I’m aware of:

The Baja Animal Sanctuary is a shelter and pet adoption center in Rosarito Beach run by U.S. expatriate Sunny Benedict. The shelter, started in 1997,  typically holds 400 animals on any given day.

The Humane Society of Tijuana, which is run by a group of U.S. expats and Mexicans,  is another volunteer group that holds free sterilization and vaccination clinics to abate the street animal problem in low-income areas. They also conduct “rescue missions” of street animals. Read a story about them here.

On the other side of the Baja California peninsula, another group of U.S. expatriates has been operating a shelter in the San Felipe area and hosting spaying/neutering clinics. Learn more about The San Felipe Animal Rescue group here.