Monday, April 24, 2017


 A follow up exam was done one week after Maxi's initial exam and already progress was noted. The swelling from the glaucoma had been reduced and the corneal ulcers were showing signs of healing; however, the prognosis is still very guarded as before. Maxi will be on a prolonged regime of medical treatment. His daily activities are routine and normal and he is doing exactly what dogs are supposed to do. 
If you want updates on Maxi, please send an email to
 and in the subject line of the header, type: "SEND UPDATE ON MAXI". If you would like to help with the expenses so that we can help more animals, go to the web site  and click on DONATE or send a check to FHSTJ at the address below.

Friends of HSTJ
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173

This month we had a medical challenge--Maxi. Enrique  notified FHSTJ that this dog was in need of urgent medical attention. (For more information on Enrique, see the blog below dated April 23rd entitled: “The Neighborhood Rescue Efforts of Enrique and Beatriz”.) FHSTJ took Maxi to one of the Tijuana veterinarians participating in a program to offer low cost care and spay and neuter for people and rescuers with very limited resources who are referred by FHSTJ.

Maxi was relieved of his pain and a conservative form of treatment was started to see how he responds. 

He was groomed and treated for internal and external parasites as well as the stones that had imbeded in his feet. 

While the prognosis to save his eye is guarded, for the time being, he will be comfortable and cared for. In the worse case scenario, even with one eye and free of any unforeseen complications, he will be able to live contentedly with the love and care of his rescuers. If you want an update on maxi, send email to and entitle your email ¨ Send Update on Maxi¨

Sunday, April 23, 2017


April 6th, we held the 1st of this Spring/Summer’s Itchy/Scratchy clinics and it was a fabulous success!  One hundred and seventy six pet & rescue dogs were treated in Salvatierra, one of the poorest Colonias here in Tijuana. As you can see from the photos, it was a tremendous success!
We want to give a special thanks to our donors, because if it wasn’t for you, these animals would still be sick and miserable.
We also want to express our appreciation and gratitude to Alex and his team of volunteers!!! We at FHSTJ highly value your self-sacrificing hard work! 


The neighborhood rescue efforts of Enrique and Beatriz

For years, Enrique & Beatriz have been doing street rescues in their neighborhood in the hills above the colonia of la Gloria in the South of Tijuana—an extremely poor area.  We have done stories on them in the past, so we thought you would enjoy this update.

These loving people , who live very modestly , share their home and space with street rescues, many of whom are not candidates for adoption. This is due to these animals having lived on the streets and among packs for so long that they do not adjust well to living without them. Enrique, Beatriz and their children provide a home for these dogs that would otherwise have to remain on the streets, hungry, diseased and fearful.

FHSTJ has been supplying food and veterinary care for this neighborhood rescue operation since 2008. Once again, we are happy to be able to share an update. Every month we deliver several hundred pounds of dog food to feed the entire group of current rescues which averages a daily census of 25. FHSTJ also provides veterinary care and spay and neuter services. 

As you can see , everyone comes to the food shed when the monthly food delivery arrives. It is obvious that these animals and the children share a strong bond

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Well folks, since our last blog, it seems like its been raining nearly every week.  
That’s made it difficult to hold our clinics..  
But, we’re happy to report that on March 16th, we were able to spay & neuter 4 more cats and 33 more dogs (a total of 37 animals).
Of course, the words and the photos only tell a partial story, because the real success comes after the surgeries, as these animals typically become calmer, more affectionate and, of course, unable to produce unwanted animals.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Its been raining cats and dogs here in Tijuana 
(yep, pun intended!😉), and that has made it difficult for us to have our clinics as often as we'd like.  However,
we did manage to have one
Spay & Neuter clinic on February 5th. We were able to treat 11 dogs

and 7 cats.
Here are a few pictures of  the event.
Stay tuned for more news very soon!

Monday, January 9, 2017


Once again, your kind and generous donations have made possible yet another spay & neuter clinic.  This one was held on December 4, 2016, in a suburb of Tijuana (Rancho el Durazo).  We were able to spay/neuter 17 dogs and 9 cats.

Interesting too, that initially the community in general seemed a tad apprehensive.  Yet as they began to see how professional and clean the clinic was and were educated as to the benefits of spay/neutering their animals,  their skepticism was turned into confidence and trust... so much so that we are scheduling another spay/neuter clinic on January 15th, in the same area!  Stay tuned for more reports!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Once again, your donations made possible the spay and/or neutering of dogs and cats that would otherwise be reproducing and therefore adding to the problems created by loose street animals here in Tijuana.
Refugio Lomas Del Mar, where these were done, is a home base private rescuer who is getting HSTJ support in the form of Spay and Neuter clinics. This is just one of several types of mobile clinics undertaken by HSTJ volunteers with financial support from FHSTJ. "

Friday, November 18, 2016

"Once again, your compassion as expressed through your donations has made the lives of the animals of TJ's poorest communities what they should be: 
happy and healthy.
In October, we held an "Itchy-Scratchy" clinic in Buenos Aires Norte, and treated 111 animals (26 cats and 85 dogs).
As you may know, Mange is also called canine or feline scabbies and can spread to other animals as well to humans, so we are extremely proud when we see these animals being brought in for treatment... thankful too, to you dear donors, for making this possible."