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Helping out other kinds of Tijuana dogs…


If you aren’t in the mood to try out a Mexican style hot dog, here’s an April 1  fundraiser in San Diego to help out Tijuana’s street dogs. Click on the poster for a link to the web page of the Friends of  Humane Society de Tijuana. The group was also featured in a recent Del Mar Times article about an adoption drive in Solana Beach for rescued Tijuana dogs.

And don’t forget the ZAPP Spay/Neuter Project of San Felipe, on the other side of the Baja peninsula. They also hold regular fund raisers and spay and neuter clinics for cats and dogs. You can learn more about them on their blog.

Causes: San Diego fundraiser Tuesday for Tijuana dogs

Like Cats and Dogs 

Image by Qole Pejorian via Flickr

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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Searching for contraband at the Tijuana border

This weekend, after crossing through the Otay Mesa port of entry, U.S. Customs officers directed me to join a line of other hand-picked cars. We were told to turn off our motors and leave the keys inside while trained dogs were brought out to sniff around and a mobile x-ray machine scanned the cars

In this endless cat-and-mouse chase, sometimes surprise tactics work and sometimes they don’t. And occasionally innocent people get caught up in the system’s imperfections.

Just ask a Mexican painter printer who was awarded more than half a million dollars in a case against the U.S. government, according to a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune. That episode started when he bought a previously confiscated car – with drugs still inside – from a government auction north of the border. When the drugs were eventually found at a checkpoint in Mexico, Rivera was arrested and spent a year in a Mexican prison, according to the article.

Several other similar Kafkaesque cases emerged between 1999 and 2003 along this part of the border. Attorneys who represented Rivera told the Union-Tribune they believe the U.S. government has since improved its inspections of seized vehicles.

In my own case this weekend, there was a moment when the Customs dog seemed to have a leaning towards one of the vehicles at the front. But after a few roundabouts he or she moved on and everyone who came with their cars left with their cars.

Picture of cars waiting to cross into the United States from the Otay Mesa border.


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.