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.