How are the Spay/Neuter programs structured?
We are an all-volunteer association and all volunteers and officers receive no financial compensation. Therefore, and in order to maintain the functionality and consistency of the different S/N programs held year-round, we follow the same protocol for most of them.
The process is simple and involves Mexican and American volunteers who:
1) Locate an area, 2) organize several Itchy-Scratchy Clinics* to promote the S/N program, 3) find an appropriate location within that community and schedule the S/N Clinic, and finally 4) contact volunteers.
*SEE THE SECTION “The importance of Itchy-Scratchy Clinics”
What different programs are there?
Mobile HSTJ Sterilization Clinics are scheduled throughout the year in some neighborhoods of Tijuana based on need. This program targets the general public in the poorest areas of Tijuana and sterilizes an average of 60 pets per clinic.
Centralized Spay/Neuter Clinics are organized once a month at the HSTJ Center, which is a small facility that provides free and/or low cost veterinary treatment for individual rescuers and families with limited resources. This program sterilizes an average of 40 pets per clinic.
HSTJ Center is open during regular business hours and is prepared to offer free and/or low cost sterilization for rescues. It is conveniently located at Calle Mexicali in Colonia Buenos Aires Norte. This program sterilizes an average of 60 rescued pets per month.
Mobile HSTJ Sterilization Clinics
This program enables us to assess the need in various areas and expand our outreach in these more impoverished parts of Tijuana that would have no other means of controlling animal population. Secondly, we take advantage of veterinarians that cannot be present everyday but can dedicate a full day doing surgeries. Also, a mobile hospital can be set up in an area where the greatest need is at that time.
Centralized Spay/Neuter Clinics
We are able to use the HSTJ Center to set up mobile clinics on a regular basis, combining the benefits of mobile clinics with the added benefit of a modest, but well-supplied, veterinary clinic.
With the HSTJ Center open during regular business hours, rescuers do not have to wait for our monthly clinics to treat or spay & neuter new rescues.
The average for each of the past five years has been approximately 600 sterilizations per year. The overall increase is noticeable, but more so is the increase in the cat-to-dog ratio, as more and more people are convinced of the need to sterilize their cats as well as their dogs.
We are firmly convinced that all the effort volunteers put into organizing and carrying out these programs is completely worthwhile because this resource is continually available to the people who need it the most.
The Importance of Itchy-Scratchy Clinics
The “Itchy-Scratchy Clinic” is a street clinic for the community where volunteers are trained to provide treatment for internal and external parasites as well as minor injuries; pet owners are given 3 lb. bags of dry dog/cat food. All of this is a free service, yet those with resources are asked to consider a small donation to help with the cost of medicine. This program is essential. Through it we touch the lives of many animals who desperately need these services. It also gives us the opportunity to educate the public and encourage them to bring treated animals to our Spay/Neuter Clinics.
On behalf of Friends of HSTJ, we would like to thank our many supporters because without them, programs such as this one would not be possible.