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Dr.Juan Jose Martinez:
A Champion for the Animals of Mexico


Dr. Juan Jose MartinezDr. Juan Jose Martinez is a Mexican veterinary surgeon who lives in Juarez, Mexico. He has been working with Compassion without Borders since he was a vet student in 2003. Dr. Martinez is an incredible advocate for the animals of Mexico and is relentless in his efforts to bring about humane reform and educate his colleagues.

Read more about Dr.Martinez and his work in Mexico below.


Q: Name, title, description of work:

A: Dr. Juan Jose Martinez Perez. Director of Animal Control in Juarez, Mexico, surgeon at a sterilization clinic in Mexico, head surgeon for Compassion without Borders in Mexico where I train other veterinarians around the country and do high volume, high quality sterilization at spay camps in the state of Chihuahua and Sonora. I also oversee the humane euthanasia program for Compassion without Borders throughout Chihuahua.


Dr. Juen Jose in a clinicQ: How did you start working in the area of animal protection?

A: I started before I was a veterinarian, working with CWOB at sterilization clinics in Juarez. I started as a lay volunteer, cleaning and setting up at the beginning and end of the day and giving information to people who came to the clinics. 


Q: What is it that most motivates you?

A: I am most motivated by the desire to help educate my colleagues, fellow Mexican veterinarians, planting seeds for reform by teaching them how to set up their own spay/neuter clinics and promoting a culture of respect for animals.


Q: What do you think the biggest issues facing animals in Mexico are? 

A: The main problem is overpopulation, which should be a community wide issue. There is also a lack of culture on how to treat companion animals, keep them indoors, care for them properly, and sterilize them. There is also a complete lack of humane education and how to get folks involved in the solution. There is also a lack of officials {governmental employees} working on this issue and addressing the laws that are already in place to protect animal welfare.


Q: What opportunities to help animals have you had with CWOB?

A: I have had the opportunity to grow as a veterinarian and help to set up sterilization programs all over Mexico, achieving a real change in the viewpoint and mentality of the communities, and opening permanent sterilization clinics in Chihuahua and Sonora. I have also been able to help promote humane reform in the animal control centers throughout Chihuahua.


 Q: What is the part of your job that most frustrates you?

A: I am most frustrated that the government and politicians don't pay any attention to the problem of thousands of homeless animals roaming the streets and do not appropriately allot resources to address the problem. I am also frustrated that animal cruelty cases are not appropriately prosecuted. I am also truly discouraged by the conditions in animal control centers around Mexico that are truly like cages of torture for so many animals.


Q: How can people in the U.S. help?

A: By supporting organizations that provide international help like CWOB, adopting animals that come from third world countries, helping to build sterilization clinics, and helping to promote a culture of respect for all animals.


Dr. Juan Jose MartinezQ: How do you think CWOB has helped animals in Mexico?

A: CWOB has been working for more than 8 years in Mexico. In the state of Chihuahua they have achieved the eradication of electrocution for all animals in animal control centers, they have sterilized over 15,000 animals through intensive spay/neuter clinics, they have gathered the support and infrastructure to open two permanent sterilization clinics in Juarez, brought they spay/neuter solution to various other cities like Agua Prieta and Obregon, Delicias and Chihuahua. This on top of rescuing hundreds of dogs who they rehabilitate and give a dignified life to who otherwise would die in Mexico. This on top of their education programs and humanitarian aid.
Q: When you started studying veterinary medicine, did you think you would be doing this type of work? How have your plans changed?
I never imagined I would be working in high volume sterilization, but my life has truly changed, my way of seeing animals and people has changed, and I have changed so much I know feel like I am in a position to teach others about how to protect animals and promote there welfare.


Q: Introduce us to your companion animals and where are they from?

A: All my animals are rescued
Salem: A handsome black cat that is 7 years old, he was abandoned at a clinic and they were going to euthanize him.
Scar: An 8-year-old golden that was going to be euthanized. I felt bad for him because of his sad face and so I brought him home and now he is playful and loves to fetch and shake.
 Luceria: a bulldog rescued from animal control at age 10, she was very ill and I recovered her medically and now have had her for 4 years living happily with my family

Maroma: Labrador cross, they had thrown her over the fence on an abandoned property


Q: Anything else you'd like to say?

A: Thank you to everyone who has supported this work and me personally. Thanks to you I have had the opportunity to grow as a person and a veterinarian and make a real difference in my country.



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