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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pit-bulls in Peril - PART 2


IF YOU ARE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE DETAILS OF HOW THIS NIGHTMARE BEGAN, 

We continue unraveling the story of these 54 pitbull dogs. 
As of now, here are the facts:
  • Despite the judge giving a 40-day period, no one claimed  ownership of these dogs.
  • They are ill and suffering from various ailments as a direct consequence of their previous living conditions.
  • HSTJ and other local animal rights activists have joined forces with Tijuana Animal Control and with the Municipal Direction of Health to see that these dogs are rescued from this situation, but also to create a proper protocol on how to handle cases like this in the future.

It is rumored that there are many clandestine locations like this one all around Tijuana, but no one speaks out, partly because they feel government will do nothing, and partly because they fear for their own lives.

GETTING THEM OUT
On the morning of April 1st, 2016 a judge ordered that these dogs be temporarily held by the city for the remaining duration of the 40-day allowance. HSTJ and other activists had been making this petition repeatedly, seeking to ensure that the dogs couldn’t “mysteriously disappear”, and also to begin treating them for their ailments.



Due to formalities and tedious bureaucratic procedures, it took the entire day for the court order to materialize, but at the end of the day, around 4:00 pm. we finally got the green light to pick up those poor dogs. Admittedly, the timing was slightly unexpected, but everyone there knew it was an urgent matter. So in under an hour teams had assembled to transport the dogs individually. HSTJ President, Leticia Coto was present from beginning to end. Many of the dogs had to be sedated to facilitate transport, but mainly because it was extremely difficult to detach their chains and tight collars without making them uncomfortable.

Back at Animal Control, their personnel was assisted by several volunteers as they scrambled to accommodate such a large number of dogs as they kept arriving. It was a long day for everyone involved with this case, working well into the night. It took tremendous effort and hard work to adapt the facility to hold these 54 dogs individually (initially, since the dogs had never been taught to socialize with other dogs, they absolutely could not be near or next to another living dog).
 The organizations involved immediately reached out through social media and other contacts, seeking to find temporary foster homes to help keep these dogs safe and secure for the remainder of the allotted time. In a matter of days the applications started pouring in. The process was extremely selective and families had to be screened individually because not everyone qualified. In a matter of days 20 of these dogs found local foster homes right here in Tijuana. The rest remained at the Tijuana Animal Control facility.

STRANGE SYMPTOMS
On April 18th, 2016 all of these dogs began showing symptoms that baffled local vets, because blood work tests were coming up negative for specific bacteria and diseases (4DX SNAP TEST, AMONG OTHERS). It was determined that whatever was harming them was not viral, therefore not contagious. Nonetheless, all of the dogs began showing the same evolving/fluctuating symptoms at around the same time --even the ones that had been living in Foster homes. The team of vets eventually agreed on a certain way to treat them and they are finally showing signs of improvement.


LOTS OF HELP, BUT WE STILL NEED MORE
This is Ms. Xindy (Cindy) Jaime, a devoted volunteer who is pouring her heart
and soul, and resources, into helping these animals. #eternallygrateful
Humane Society of Tijuana wants to extend a very special thank you to Xindy Jaime [cell. (602) 488-4305], who has been at the forefront of the gargantuan task of looking after every single one of these dogs. Detailed logs are being kept for each one of the dogs, daily recording their temperatures, treatments, progress and other important information. Volunteers come by every Sunday to help Xindy walk the dogs (on a leash) in the nearby clearings.

 Another big thank you goes out to ProVidaAnimalTJ and AbogadosAnimalistas. Two local animal welfare organizations that have worked tirelessly throughout this whole process, shoulder to shoulder with HSTJ, and continue to do so without letup. Working in cooperation, all three organizations have created a support system for Animal Control and for Municipal Direction of Health so that in the future, a situation such as this one can be handled according to an established protocol in Tijuana. There are many rumors of other illegal dog-fight related operations such as this one. And in such a big city like Tijuana where local law enforcement focus the majority of their resources on fighting murders and other similar crimes, rural areas are basically off the radar. However, we believe that dog-fights entail so much more, and influence crime at many levels. This should be tackled in a direct manner, and victories like this one will certainly make more people feel that making anonymous reports does indeed make a difference.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR THESE DOGS?
On May 5th, 2016 the 40-day grace period ended. The city officially took possession of them on that date. We desperately make a plea for anyone that wishes to help these dogs, to do so directly by making a One-Timedonation through our PayPal account. 
WE DESPERATELY NEED HELP TO PURCHASE ENOUGH DOXYCYCLINE TABLETS (250 MG.) FOR ALL 54 DOGS TO COMPETE A FULL TREATMENT. 
Their blood platelets are dangerously low.  
Doxycycline is expensive medication and as of now weekly blood tests, medications and some vet consults are being paid for by one or two people (purchases are made daily and out of their own pockets). 

If you would like to hold a donation drive at your place of work or among your family in direct support of these pitbulls, please do not hesitate to do so. That money will be used EXCLUSIVELY to purchase the medication that is urgently needed and to pay for the weekly blood tests for all 54 dogs.

Now that the dogs have begun treatment and are showing signs of improvement with this medication, we tackle the challenge of finding suitable adopters for each and every one of them. Happily, 17 of the 20 families that are fostering dogs have made it very clear that they desire to keep their dog permanently. That makes us all very happy.

Everyone involved with these animals is jointly promoting the dogs’ adoptions on Social Media, on Television, on the radio and in the local newspapers
This case has received international publicity, but we need more than just good wishes. 
We need help. We would like to make a monetary gift to the people that have paid out-of-pocket for all the constant blood-tests, medications, vet consults, etc. 



HSTJ VET CENTER - Dr. Angel Gonzales

HSTJ has provided support at the HSTJ Center since the very beginning, and other vets have reduced their prices as much as they possibly can. But we are talking about 54 dogs, all of which need medical attention for a wide variety of ailments. HSTJ has limited resources and also runs other programs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Therefore, we are counting on your generosity to help us continue helping these poor dogs that have already suffered enough. Yes, there is a lot of stigma surrounding this breed, and no, we do not take the responsibility lightly. But we believe that they at least deserve the opportunity to live, rather than immediately be euthanized. Whatever can be done for these dogs, should be done, and the clock is ticking.


Dr. Cesar Wilfredo
THANK YOU FOR HELPING




Adopters must meet the following requirements:
1. Be athletic, because these dogs have a lot of energy to burn.
2. In some cases: not have children or other pets.
3. Sign a binding agreement that they are now accountable for properly caring and training their new dog.
4. Commit to continuing the Doxycycline (250 mg) treatment until it is completed.
5. Bring the dog back for sterilization once his platelets are high again.
6. (AMONG OTHERS)

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, contact us immediately.

And if you would like to help these animals directly, please contact Xindy at: (602) 488-4305 (cell phone)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Pit-bulls in Peril - PART 1

This is the story of 54 pit-bull dogs that were caught up in a life-threatening situation and thanks to many people, they now have the opportunity to experience the joy of living.

This ordeal began in mid-March of 2016 when someone made an anonymous report to animal welfare activists in Tijuana stating that a semi-truck (18 wheeler) had pulled into a remote part of the Arroyo Alamar, delivering about 50 pitbull dogs to an irregular property located at: AVENIDA DEL VERGEL #128 COLONIA ALAMAR, TIJUANA. Other anonymous claims stated things such as the dogs spent the entire day under the direct sun (no shade). Some even claim that one night one of the dogs was barking repeatedly and after a gunshot was heard, the barking ceased. Everything is anonymous because local residents are continuously threatened not to say anything about what they see or hear.

Arroyo Alamar is a community commonly known to be an “invasion” or “irregular”. The reason is that this part of Tijuana was originally a 3 mile long trench for runoff during the rainy seasons. The area floods and homes are washed away. During dry spells, however, poor families clear spots of land and build homes or shacks to live in. Local Tijuana government has intended to move these families to other areas by giving them land, but the story repeats itself and as of this day many families and other people continue to reside at Arroyo Alamar. This area is notorious for delinquency and is considered by some as “no-man’s land”.

On March 21st, 2016 animal control was advised about this case and on March 22nd, 2016 they made a visit, accompanied by HSTJ President, Leticia Coto, as well as other animal rights activists and two municipal police canine units. The police offered support in establishing a dialogue with the person in charge of the animals (NOT THE ACTUAL OWNER).
The person in charge of the animals indicated that the owner was “Caucasian and resided in Los Angeles”. He never gave the owner’s name nor did he provide any additional information about him. He did state that they had those dogs as a clandestine breeder and that they were not used for fighting. Upon inspecting the animals we immediately noticed that they had serious wounds and no individual water or food, and absolutely no shade.
The chief officer at the CERRO COLORADO delegation of the 10th district transported this individual to the local judge as a courtesy to Animal Control (this man was not under arrest). After hearing their story and seeing the preliminary reports, both the judge and the police chief officer sided with the men determining that there was “no animal mistreatment”, that the animals “were not suffering abuse” and even made sarcastic comments insinuating that animal control couldn’t even handle that amount of animals if they were confiscated. He scheduled an open hearing in order to establish a dialogue with the actual owner of the dogs.
The hearing took place on March 24th, 2016 with media reporters present, where Attorney Raymundo Contreras [Legal representative of the alleged owner] handed over 54 vaccination charts (without vaccine stickers) that all had the date “March 23, 2016” written on the inside, expressing that those animals had no previous veterinary attention prior to that date.  A local veterinarian [Dr. Portugal] sent a formal letter in which he established that he was medically in charge of these animals and explained that the idea for a pitbull breeder had already been in place for 7 years. This report was handed over to those present at the hearing (it contained several dubious accrediting seals). The rightful “owner” was nowhere to be seen, nor did the attorney provide any name or true address.

The judge determined that the owner would be given 40 days to improve the conditions of the dogs and that he was to comply with the requirements established by law in order to run a legal breeder. This included taking immediate measures to improve the dogs’ quality of life, such as: individual water bowls, food and appropriate shade, and even placing them on longer chains immediately.
On April 1st, 2016 Animal Control, accompanied by HSTJ Veterinarian, Dr. Angel Gonzales, HSTJ President, Leticia Coto, as well as some law enforcement and other animal rights and animal activist organization members all made a visit to the premises to witness the conditions of the animals. We all arrived early in the morning and could plainly see that the dogs were still in the same conditions --and in direct violation of the judge’s orders. Our veterinarian, along with other vets present that day, assessed the dog’s overall health. Out of the 54 dogs found, 17 are females and 37 are males. None were pregnant. None were sterilized. They immediately appeared to be people-friendly, but they were ill. 29 had terrible skin infections, and 32 had eye and ear infections, 18 had terribly infected skin conditions, among many other health problems caused by poor living conditions. 

Authorities determined that the dogs must be secured temporarily at the Animal Control facility for the remainder of the duration of the 40-day grace period granted by the judge.


What will happen to these dogs?

*** UPDATE***
FOR PICTURES AND THE LATEST ON THESE DOGS,
PLEASE SEE THE POST: "Pit-bulls in Peril - PART 2"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PANAMERICANO 2016

This is Colonia Panamericano. Originally these condominiums were built on an unstable landfill and sold to families in the early 80's. After a very rainy season, a whole row of buildings collapsed, killing many families. The owner disappeared, and the surrounding structures were considered uninhabitable. As time went by, families with little means began invading these buildings and continue to live in them until this day, along with many, many cats and dogs.

A young college student named Cristina made contact through social media, asking for our help in PANAMERICANO. We had been here back in 2011 and 2012, but there was not much interest in sterilization. [SEE "ONE OF OUR BIGGEST OBSTACLES"]. Cristina showed much initiative and soon gathered a small team of 6 diligent people. We scheduled activities for March and April 2016, beginning with community workshops locally, as well as interactive lessons at the local elementary and middle schools. From the get-go both children and adults were told they must attend at least one of the workshops in order to obtain free parasite treatment for their animals and to reserve a spot at the upcoming sterilization clinic. The response was fantastic. We discussed themes such as: "How to keep you pet and your home parasite-free; The truth about sterilization--debunking old myths and highlighting the benefits; What exactly are ticks and how can they transmit the deadly disease: Rickettsia?", among others.

ONE OF OUR BIGGEST OBSTACLES
It sometimes happens that in the poorest neighborhoods people are the least informed, and this is accurately reflected by a lack of interest in sterilizing their animals. In the past we have spent weeks publicizing, promoting and even going door to door inviting people in "at-risk" neighborhoods to sterilize their animals FOR FREE at an event near their homes... but to no avail. 4 or 5 people show up. I am 100% serious.
Unfortunately, misinformation and lack of knowledge are the biggest obstacle, and the primary reason why these neighborhoods are teeming with homeless cats and dogs. To combat this we have incorporated workshops now. These include many visual aids (impacting full-color images). And we tell people that they must come to the workshops in order to get free parasite treatment and to reserve a spot for the s/n clinic.  We tried it, AND THE RESULTS INDICATE THAT IT WORKS.

After the workshops we scheduled two Itchy-Scratchy clinics, treating 96 cats/dogs the first day and 192 the following day, referring a total of 37 extreme cases to our HSTJ Center. It is incredible the amount of cats we saw. As an added benefit, Tijuana Animal Control heard of our event and sent us an employee to administer the rabies vaccine (for free) to those animals that required it. Many took advantage of that opportunity.
(At I.S. clinics trained volunteers administer deworming medication, flea/tick medicine, clean eyes/ears, clip nails if needed, and tend to minor cuts. Special cases are screened and referred to our HSTJ Vet clinic for free treatment. This is done to prepare the animals for surgery in the coming week. All of this is free, and dog/cat food is distributed when we have sufficient donations.) 

We now wish extend a very special and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone over at AMC Vet on Telegrapgh Canyon Rd. because without their generous donation of supplies this Itchy-Scratchy clinic would definitely not have been possible. Their response to our plea came at the most opportune time. Another big THANK YOU to MR Industrial Plumbing Inc. for their support of the Spring Raffle which helped cover most of the clinic expenses. Please know that your help touched the lives of all those animals, plus many more to come. THANK YOU!!!


During the entire PANAMERICANO project, Cristina and 5 other new volunteers learned the ropes. We are very happy to welcome these six people as new active HSTJ volunteers:
Cristina Marin, Lupita Diggs, Jairo Tovar Atreaga, Noe Martinez, and Alvaro & Imelda Marin.

THANKS TO THESE PEOPLE'S HARD WORK WE HAD WELL OVER 100 PANAMERICANO RESIDENTS RESERVE A SPOT TO SPAY/NEUTER THEIR ANIMALS!!!!!

The Spay and Neuter clinic took place on Sunday, April 24th 2016 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 
We are very grateful to all the vets that dedicated this day to doing surgeries to help reduce overpopulation in this communty:
Dr. Gayle Roberts, Dr. Dulce Velazquez, Dr. Mike Constantine, Dr. Herlendi L√≥pez Morales, Dr. Jose Manuel Gomez, and Dr. Ernesto Quevedo. 
These six vets, along with many volunteers, worked together to sterilize 53 cats and dogs in just one day. THANK YOU ALL!! 

The remaining animals will be sterilized at a follow-up event, and those with means of transportation were referred to the HSTJ Center for free immediate sterilization. (At locations such as this, we set up a mobile clinic in an adequate location, such as a community center or a school. All medical supplies, materials and equipment are transported to and from clinic sites by local Mexican HSTJ volunteers.)




ALL IN ALL, A SUCCESS FOR THE FAMILIES AND THE ANIMALS AT PANAMERICANO.

Would you please help us spread the word? We have scheduled spay/neuter clinics on the last Sunday of every month. The next clinic will be on May 29th at Colonia Altiplano.If any vets are able to dedicate one Sunday to doing surgeries and are interested in coming down, contact Nicole: 949-412-2439 

Please consider joining us at an Itchy-Scratchy or S/N clinic. Volunteers are free to participate whenever their schedule allows, be it once a month or once a year. There is plenty to do, and you don't have to speak Spanish.

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MORE PICTURES: Itchy-Scratchy Flickr Album

MORE PICTURES: Spay-Neuter Flickr Album

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Tijuana "Dog Pound"

When HSTJ was formed ten years ago, we found a terrible situation at the Tijuana Dog Pound. The animals were being euthanized through electrocution; captured animals were not being promoted for adoption; and animals were only held for a maximum of 72 hours before being sacrificed.

That is why seeing the Dog Pound's vehicle arrive at one of our clinics full of dogs that will be sterilized, and knowing that they will receive a new opportunity at having a home, fill us with satisfaction and pride.

THE STORY:

In late February 2016 HSTJ attended an invitation from the Tijuana Municipal Animal Control [formerly the Tijuana city dog pound] to be firsthand eye-witnesses in the investigation of a report of animal hoarding. The discovery was that a couple was housing 54 dogs at their home. Almost all the dogs were in fair conditions, but they were too many for such a small space and were overcrowded. Animal Control convinced them to surrender 31 dogs and keep only 23.

Out of the 31 dogs surrendered, only two had to be put down. The rest will remain in the animal control facilities until they are adopted.

HSTJ's collaboration with projects like this is not new. As is registered on previous blog entries, we have participated in sterilizing and adopting out many animals confiscated by and/or surrendered to the Tijuana Municipal Animal Control. This is provided free of cost, with the only condition that the animals not be euthanized, but instead given sufficient time to be adopted. On this occasion we assisted with the spay and neuter of 13 of the surrendered dogs.

Then this past Sunday, Animal Control loaned one of their units to transport both owners and 14 of the dogs they will be keeping to be fixed at our HSTJ Center. Currently, the Tijuana Animal Control promotes captured animals for an opportunity at adoption, uses humane euthanasia, and prolongs their stay as much as possible to give all animals a opportunity to be adopted. They are also promoting low-cost sterilization at a small scale, and they have lowered their adoption fee by almost 75%. Good work. Things are certainly starting to flow in the right direction.

On Sunday, March 6th, 2016 we held a Sterilization clinic with three vets operating, for a total of 55 animals spayed and neutered.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PICTURES FROM SUNDAY'S CLINIC

Monday, March 7, 2016

Update on PINGO - A Champion With a Heart of Gold

Here is an update on PINGO, this champion with a heart of gold. Here is a recent photo of him with his rescuer, Salma.

This wonderful pooch had a second chance at living life. In case you missed it, here are the details of his rescue:



PINGO was rescued in December 2015 by Salma, an individual rescuer that we support. Salma found him scavaging for food scraps among the bags of garbage outside his work place. He was new in the area, or at least that is what Salma thought. He began feeding the dog the next day and was wondering whether or not this dog would come to trust him. 
He didn't have to wait long. That day the dog felt Salma's good intentions and patiently sat outside this man's workplace. His boss said that PINGO could stay in the back until he recovered. 

Salma fed him for several days, and bathed him carefully. This is when he saw what appeared to be a small wound on his front leg. Salma cleaned and cared for the wound every day, but noticed no improvement in the wound and the PINGO's health continued to decline. Salma decided to bring PINGO to the HSTJ CENTER, and upon close examination, the vet could clearly see that the leg had gangrene/necrosis and had to be amputated. 

The surgery was performed on January 17th, 2016. It was a successful amputation that prevented further damage and essentially saved this dog's life. 

PINGO had enough time to recover in an enclosed area with sufficient food and water. Each day, as Salma arrived at his work place he would check up on PINGO and play with him for a while. Then every night, before heading home, he would make sure PINGO had everything he could need for the night.

PINGO has completely recovered and is a very happy dog. He is looking for a home. Please share his story and help us find him a foster home in the U.S., or even better, a forever home with a loving family. You can find his full bio/profile on our Petfinder Page.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT, YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE www.friendsofhstj.org WHERE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD OUR FOSTER APPLICATION

SIMPLY PRINT, FILL OUT, AND EMAIL TO nicole@friendsofhstj.org

We are here to answer all of your questions and will remain with you throughout the entire process. With your help we can get PINGO and many other deserving rescues into temporary homes in the U.S. which in turn accelerates the adoption process. Please consider volunteering as a foster to a rescued animal from Mexico or at one of our other San Diego events

SEE PINGO PLAYING AROUND!!!




Monday, February 29, 2016

January and February 2016 Report

During the cold months of January and February we dealt with some inclement weather, in fact, one of our Spay/Neuter clinics had to be cancelled the night before because a storm lasted longer than meteorologists had anticipated. Nonetheless, people still made an effort to bring their pets. Here are the stats for these two months:

ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINICS

First Itchy-Scratchy Clinic in January was held on 1/24/2016 in Colonia Loma Bonita, treating 58 dogs and 5 cats, for a total of 63 animals. The second Itchy-Scratchy Clinic was held on 1/31/2016 in Colonia Villa Fontana, treating 59 dogs and 7 cats, for a total of 65 animals; bringing the total for January to 116 dogs and 12 cats. 

For February, the first Itchy-Scratchy Clinic was held on 2/21/2016 in Colonia Rial de S. Francisco, treating 75 dogs and 1 cat, for a total of 76 animals. The second clinic was held on 2/28/2016 treating 82 dogs and 2 cats, for a total of 84 animals; bringing the total for February to 157 dogs and 3 cats. 

At these events neighbors are invited to bring their pets to a booth we set up on the corner. Trained volunteers have a gentle touch and administer treatment for worms, mange, fleas, ticks, and other general care in preparation for an upcoming sterilization event. (Animals must be clean and in relatively good health before being operated. Spay and neuter are very complex surgical procedures and the animals we serve are either rescued street animals, or are pets that have had deficient diets and life-long flea or tick infestations, and no vaccinations or deworming treatments ever.) As usual, the treatment we offer at these mobile street clinics is free and all pet owners receive a 3 lb bag of dry dog/cat food for each pet they bring. At least the animal will have eaten well prior to his surgery, regaining some stamina.

Since 2006 this has been part of what we bring to the poorest neighborhoods of Tijuana where families can barely afford to feed themselves and their animals, much less pay for sterilization and other vet care.

People living here are extremely grateful for all services we bring and some will even walk long distances, up and down dirt roads with their animals. This is only made possible thanks to your generous donations.  So the next time you think about the animal problems in Mexico or see something on social media, know that you are making a direct contribution to combat this in a more permanent way: through education and sterilization. Overpopulation compounds the problem.

THE HSTJ CENTER

Our free/low-cost veterinary clinic is also a valuable resource for animal owners living in Tijuana. These services are strictly for families with little means and for individual rescuers (people who refuse to associate themselves with any specific animal rescue organization --but who dedicate their personal time and resources to pick up suffering animals off the streets, provide them veterinary attention, rehabilitate and care for them inside their own homes.)

During January the HSTJ CENTER did 62 spay/neuter surgeries and had 128 people bring their pets/rescues for various other reasons, not related to spay/neuter. [FEBRUARY STATS FOR THE CENTER WILL BE ADDED SHORTLY]

Just to give you an example of some special cases for January and February: The veterinarian performed three emergency cesarean surgeries. Pictured here is a litter of four puppies that were born in January. Boy were they loud puppies! :-)  Today they are growing big and strong. When they are ready, they will be up for adoption.

 Another special case was that of this white dog now named Pingo. He was rescued by Salma, an individual rescuer that we support. Salma cared for his wound on the front leg. He was consistently cleaning it, but noticed no improvement in the wound and the dog's health continued to decline. Salma decided to bring Pingo to the HSTJ CENTER, and upon close examination, the vet could clearly see that the leg had gangrene/necrosis and had to be amputated. Pingo has completely recovered and is a very happy dog. He is up for adoption. You can find his full bio/profile on our Petfinder Page.



 Yet another special case was that of this brown female dog of approximately three years of age. At some point she must have been involved in a fight with another dog, causing her to suffer an injury to her left eye. Being a stray, this remained untreated for many months, possibly over a year. She had lost the eye, and must have suffered a terribly painful infection. When a couple began noticing her on their way to work, they would continue to feed her every morning at the bus stop, gaining her confidence. They tell us that she was very friendly, but her eye area was extremely sensitive and appeared to cause her much pain. They decided to bring her to the HSTJ CENTER for examination and removal of the bad eye. The surgery was a success and this little lady recovered at the CENTER for the first few nights. The couple who rescued her rent a tiny apartment studio and were not allowed to bring her inside. They made her a small living quarters outside of their building. We are seeking a foster home for her on the U.S. side. If you know of someone looking to foster, please share her story with them. Thank you.


MONTHLY STERILIZATION CAMPAIGN
In January there was one event, sterilizing 15 animals. In February there were two events, sterilizing a total of 51 animals. These are cold months and it is important that pet owners can guarantee that the cat or dog will remain indoors after the surgery for at least the first few nights. Many people are not able to do this so they are asked to wait until the weather was a bit warmer. Please stay tuned for all the programmed activities during the upcoming months. As the weather gets warmer the flea and tick problems become severe, especially in the rural communities..

Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 Holiday Fundraising

Dear Friends of the Humane Society de Tijuana,

WE take this opportunity to thank you for such an amazing response to our holiday fundraising efforts, and also to update you on what has happened in these past few months. So many good things are happening.

Just what is being accomplished?

We continue to finance veterinary care and the weekly cost to feed more than 150 cats and dogs that are being saved by individual rescuers at any given time, and help supplement over 150 more that were saved by smaller rescue groups that are not able to feed or care for them all. We also share all donated supplies among these rescued animals.

We have been able to continue to fund the life-saving facility that is now more familiar to many of you: the HSTJ Center, a free/low-cost veterinary clinic now located in Lomas Verdes, Tijuana.
On a side note, having to move the entire veterinary clinic out of its previous location and into a new one was costly and difficult, not to mention that it happened on very short notice and was completely unexpected, to say the least. But with good coordination and teamwork we were able to make it happen.

All of the equipment currently in use at this clinic has either been purchased or donated, and is necessary for our vets to save so many lives --sometimes performing very complicated procedures.

You may not realize it, but it takes a lot to equip and successfully run a veterinary facility in Mexico that is capable of handling such a wide variety of special cases. Of course, we are very grateful to the vets that donate their time and services at our facility, but the rent/utilities, surgical supplies and all other expenses are payed for by Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana.


  • Over 5,886 animals were treated in 2015, that averages more than 16 animals every day, which is truly amazing. 
  • And since some can't even afford the cost of transportation to the HSTJ Center, during 2015 we provided mobile clinics in 37 of the poorest and most vulnerable "colonias" (communities) in Tijuana. 
  • We helped 62 cats and dogs find forever homes through our adoption programs.
  • We educated over 400 children and adults on the humane treatment and proper care of animals. 
  • During summer months we had an intense participation with the Municipal Department of Health in Tijuana, and treated hundreds of cats and dogs for ticks during the 2015 Rickettsia-Tick epidemic. Sadly, several people in lost their lives due to Rickettsia in 2015, but we are confident that the hard work put forth by many volunteers was able to keep that number at a minimum.


Does all of this mean that our work is over?

Not at all. In fact, we're gearing up to extend our reach even further in 2016. Yes we have made progress and touched the lives of many animals, but there are still thousands more suffering on the streets and they desperately need help.

To this effect, Board Members for both organizations are so interested in expanding our reach as much as possible, that they have reanalyzed ways we can cut back in expenses so that we can provide much more support to the programs that are having the most success and an immediate impact on the animals and the families in Tijuana. Board Members are completely confident that the cost-saving initiatives we are taking, coupled with your continued support, will enable us to care for all the needs of the animals we serve.

On behalf of  Friends on HSTJ in the U.S. and HSTJ in Mexico, we would like to thank you sincerely for your generous support of this life-saving work benefiting the less fortunate animals and families that reside in this border town that is Tijuana. Here on our Blog you can always read more specific examples of what is being accomplished as a result of your generosity.

THANK YOU

Cachito - Close Call

This is the story of a young man and his only companion.

The young man in the blue (we do not wish to use his name) now lives here in Tijuana. He came here just a few months ago seeking better work opportunities, leaving the rest of his immediate family back in the south of Mexico. Cachito, his chihuahua, had been his companion since he was just a boy, and he had no intention of leaving him behind. He now lives with a cousin and his family in the most eastern part of Tijuana, near the mountains.







On this this day, he went outside to purchase a jug of drinking water from the corner store, and Cachito hopped out the door to follow him. At that very moment the neighbor across the street was opening her front door and both her large dogs came running outside and the first thing they saw was Cachito. They attacked him, but the woman saw this and stopped it immediately. The young man had put down the jug and ran over to pick up his dog. The woman told him that she would pay for Cachito's vet care, and in just a few minutes they were at the HSTJ Center.

Dr. Angel Hernandez administered some anesthesia and sutured his wounds. Fortunately there wasn't too much damage because the owners intervened immediately. Everyone waited patiently until Cachito was out of anesthesia and his owner received the prescribed antibiotics and discharge instructions. The neighbor insisted on paying and ultimately did pay a very small fee.

Since the new Municipal Law on Animal Welfare was passed for the City of Tijuana, many more people are doing the right thing and keeping their pets enclosed on their own property. People are becoming aware of the benefits of adhering to these legal requirements, and the consequences of not doing so.

Takki - Recovering Well

This the story of Takki, a beautiful female dog that has demonstrated endurance and patience throughout this whole ordeal.

Takki was a stray like any other, rummaging for scraps and anything else she could eat for survival. Her body shows that she had at least two litters of pups at some point in her life. One tragic day she was hit by a vehicle and thrust onto the side of the road. The impact was so strong that it broke her spine in half, paralyzing her hind legs. There she was, near the side of the road with vehicles passing by just a few feet from where she lay. Squirming and trying to get up, Takki was in lots of pain and desperately tried to get away from the passing vehicles. One woman had seen everything. It had all happened so fast. She found her way to Takki as fats as she could and picked her up very gently.

Takki was brought to the HSTJ Center in a matter of minutes. Once there, our attending veterinarian, Dr. Angel Hernandez, immediately phoned and requested the services of a mobile X-Ray to have a look at Takki's bones. Once the X-rays were taken he was able to do a complete assessment of Takki's situation. She underwent a very complex surgical procedure and was in very good hands. Dr. Angel has been brought three other cases just like this one, and all of them have regained mobility and are able to walk on their own once again. Of course, not all cases have exactly the same outcome, and so those of us present that day were waiting in expectation and hoping for the best.



Takki came out of surgery just fine. She is recovering at the home of her rescuer and is eating quality food, taking her meds, getting light exercise, but most of all, getting the warm affection and love that was once unknown to her. As soon as she has recovered completely we will post a video of her walking around, as well as any pertinent adoption information.

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October, November and December 2015 - Report

As many of you know, the last three months of 2015 were a bit difficult for us because we had to move the HSTJ Center to a new location in less than 30 days. Just finding an appropriate location, moving everything over and getting installed was hard enough, but also having to make several trips just to close our assorted utilities contracts for the old location, and then open up new utilities contracts for the new location was time consuming. Additionally, running a veterinary clinic in Mexico --and doing it legally-- requires applying for, and obtaining, several government permits.

It will please you to know that throughout all of this, we were able to keep the HSTJ Center running without interruption. Here are summaries of the data for those months. And please stay tuned for January's Monthly Report, which will include many stories and pictures, as is our custom.

October 2015
99 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
5 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
183 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
198 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
14 special surgical procedures

November 2015
63 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
3 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
162 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
71 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
6 special surgical procedures

December 2015
62 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
4 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
176 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
161 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
10 special surgical procedures