Our Mission Statement
Our mission is to assist individuals and organizations in the area of Punta Banda and surrounding communities of Baja California that provide shelter, food, medical care, adoption services and homes for abandoned, abused and neglected animals.
We operate as a non-profit organization and seek financial donations and organize volunteer programs for specific projects and campaigns, promote and assist with local spay and neuter activity, and generally provide education and support for local animal owners.
President of Friends of Baja Animals
Every child over the age of five needs their own puppy. My first, Tippy, a small fox terrier, taught me a great deal about love, trust, and tolerance. I was in the 5th grade, my teacher brought two puppies to school and asked if anybody wanted one … I had to ask my parents. When I went home and asked, mom wanted to know what breed he was. I returned to school with the question and received the perfect answer and confident my parents couldn’t turn down a puppy, especially one that was a ‘Thoroughbred Mutt’ … they didn’t. Since then I’ve not been without a 4-legged friend, or in the process of getting one … apart from when I was in the Navy.
I retired from the State of California, Caltrans, about 20 years ago and moved to Baja about 10 years later with my wife and my faithful mutt Motzart – a little fluffy terrier that made me laugh a lot. I lost him about 3 years later to some kids that took my car for a joy ride with him in it. I had left my car, locked, in the shade, with windows down an inch, for about 15 minutes. In the subsequent search, I became acquainted with a wonderful man, Joaquin Villasenor, a veterinarian working with a small, dedicated community of animal rescue people that were organized and making a difference. I soon became active in this group, the Give Some Life Foundation, and learned about all it means to rescue, spay, and neuter animals.
My wife Data has also been a force and is coming home with another animal almost monthly. God bless her. I am sitting here typing right now with a recently bobtailed cat (caused by an injury) that is sure I am doing this all wrong, and a sleeping dog on my legs keeping me warm. Both are rescues. La vida es buena … Life is Good.
Born in 1952 in Bridgewater MA, USA to a home with Mom & Dad, two brothers and Duke the Cocker Spaniel.
Begged for a dog for most of 1958 and Santa brought wiggly happy Cocker Spaniel Duchess. She’d return from neighborhood jaunts most reliably to my plaintiff call. She had many litters. Once she had 8 pups and our cat Tiger had 7 kittens on the same day. I was dubbed the family Super-Duper Pooper Scooper. We learned about puppy care, sickness and pets passing. I was very sad about Tiger dying until I looked out my bedroom window and saw a huge cumulous cloud that looked just like her floating peacefully by.
Cochise the Russian Blue elegantly ruled the family’s roost through high school.
While at Harvard I hung out with Psssst the alley cat. On a trip to my parent’s home in the country he decided that he liked hunting flying insects and scurrying barn mice better than gnarly city rats, so she opted for an early retirement. He never hissed, and was tidy when he pissed, but came running to the sound of “Psssst”. I’m told that he disappeared during a blizzard and days later a very nice, hospitable family several blocks away put a notice in the paper that he was found. My Dad was happy that Psssst found a new home and a nice new name.
I was born in New York and brought up in England. My first pets Chelsea and Kensington were two adorable cats. As my first pets, each of them brought me the experience of joy that only an animal can give you. I was hooked! One day both just disappeared. I was in shock. I remember calling for them each day for hours only to never know what happened to them. I was totally devastated to say the least. A few years later I went on the search for a Great Dane. When I saw this magnificent Blue Dane with a long Latin name, I knew the search was over. She was a huge puppy with big paws, beautiful eyes and a shiny coat. The breeder had other Danes, but none of the others touched me as much as this baby.
Bambi lived for 11 years, which is a long life for a Dane. She and I would walk the streets of London, no leash, few commands, just the two of us. She would carefully stop at all the street corners and wait for me to move across the road. Bambi was like a tiny horse and people would stop us to chat and pet her. She was the first dog that my baby son got to experience. The baby would lie next to her with his head propped up against her belly drinking his bottle. Bambi was a beautiful family pet that we all loved and still miss today.
During my professional life as a Real Estate Brokerage owner and entrepreneur, my dogs have been a huge part of my life. Next came Blondie, Hoppee, Ali, Bella and now Beauty and Pretty Boy. They have all been by my side as I work and live my life. I don’t know what my life would have been without the love and companionship of these beautiful animals. I believe God gave us domestic animals to show us what unconditional love is like.
Today as I live in Mexico and participate in our Friends of Baja Animals non-profit, my goals are to save as many animals as we possibly can. To get them off the streets, spay and neuter them, heal those that we can and find loving forever homes for them. We have huge goals to create an organization that will help hundreds of animals and give them all the love they deserve.
I sincerely look forward to being a part of this organization for many years and hope those reading my bio will join me. You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me directly at 425-493-6647.