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.
(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.