Friday, December 14, 2007
December 14, 2007
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The Humane Society de Tijuana is a Mexican and American nonprofit with volunteers from northern Mexico and southern California. The group treats stray cats and dogs and holds regular spay and neuter clinics.
Humane Society de Tijuana - Volunteer Info
Brooke Binkowski: With Season's Givings, I'm Brooke Binkowski. Stray animals are a huge problem in Tijuana. Scrawny and wretched dogs and cats slink through the streets infected with fleas and parasites. The Humane Society de Tijuana is a Mexican and American nonprofit with volunteers from northern Mexico and as far north as Los Angeles. They help sick strays and hold regular spay and neuter clinics. Leticia Coto is the Humane Society's president.
Leticia Coto: We focus on the poor, poor communities, to improve the life of the animals. If you notice here, the animals, they drink just the dirty water on the street, very malnourished, in very bad condition, but when we came here and we start to treat the animals against the scabies and everything, and the owner of the animals notice the difference, they start to take care of the animals also.
Binkowski: The Humane Society in Tijuana also does a regular event called the "Itchy-Scratchy Clinic." They treat animals for fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites. Kids bring in most of the animals. Board member Richard Massa is an expatriate American who now lives in Tijuana and devotes much of his time to the Tijuana Humane Society. He says, by helping the animals, they're helping heal the community.
Richard Massa: These illnesses are contagious, and we have to educate them to be careful about not cross-contaminating, not only between animals, but with the children, and the other members of the family.
Binkowski: Massa says the main focus of Tijuana's Humane Society is low-cost spaying and neutering pets for people who can't afford to pay.
Massa: They're gonna be healthier, and of course it's going to avoid this problem of them having two litters a year, and then just animals all over the street. Feral cats, abandoned puppies, abandoned dogs, with malnourished illnesses, frightened.
Binkowski: Volunteers from both sides of the border meet in Tijuana once or twice a month, in community halls, to hand out food and medicine, clean up, and prep animals for surgery, which is performed by professional veterinarians. HSTJ members estimate they've kept at least 60,000 animals off the street so far.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
We had the clinic set up and ready to go, our volunteers arrived ready to help but unfortunately it was just too cold and wet outside.
Salvatierra is a modest community. All of the roads are unpaved and most of the locals do not own vehicles. The weather caused very muddy streets, making it difficult for people to bring their animals. Also, we were concerned that it was too cold for the recovery of the animals post surgery- this is the problem we face in conducting clinics in the winter, fortunately we live in Southern California and our weather is pretty mild except for these few instances.
We look forward to returning on the 13th of January. Have a Happy New Year!!
Stay tuned for photos and blog.
Please contact Michelle at email@example.com if you are interested in helping or making a donation!
Thank you for your continued support.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Another successful rescue!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Above: Morita the first day we saw her. Photo taken from a distance.
Above: Morita one week after we started treatment in the vacant lot.
We followed her to a hole in a dirty vacant lot where she was hiding. We left food, water, cardboard box with bedding and observed her from a distance. As soon as we were sure was able to eat without problems, we started stuffing food with de-worming and anti-mange medicines and gradually adding antibiotics. We didn't see any pups in spite of a search of the surrounding areas. After a week she let us come to her and touch her. We did not want to capture her at this time since we had no place to put her. All of our rescuers, as usual, already had full compliments of animals in their homes and Morita needed to be quarantined too. So, as is our practice and with little money, no shelter but lots of will power, we cared for her daily at the vacant lot hoping that she would improve enough so that someone would allow her to sleep on their patio until we could find a person to adopt her. After a week we saw some improvement and were continuing with the routine when Alejandro, the HSTJ rescuer , was confronted by a local resident, a wealthy Mexican plastic surgeon. He demanded that Alejandro stop doing rescues claiming that HSTJ's work was annoying him by attracting strays that were damaging his home. We tried to explain our work and the specific plan for Morita. That didn’t work. The surgeon called the police who detained Alejandro. What he and the police didn’t know was that Alejandro holds a law degree, is certified in Mexican law and is HSTJ's volunteer legal consultant. He had the upper hand quoting animal welfare regulations and legal procedures. The police were befuddled and decided not to follow through with the arrest.
The problem was solved for the moment but we knew we had to get Morita out of there as soon as possible to avoid her being beaten, stoned or poisoned. We didn’t want to involve the city pound as that would mean certain death. While the painful electrocutions at the pound have been suspended so long as we or our associates furnish humane drugs, even this more humane euthanasia was not what we wanted. We had to move quickly. Fortunately, a woman who was already caring for two rescues, offered to foster her even though the woman lives in an extremely modest home and barely has enough resources for her own family.
Three days later, I went to visit Morita to do a follow up visit. She greeted me with a lot of emotion. It brought tears to my eyes. That skinny, bald, wrinkled little sweetie came up to me with a squeaky toy in her mouth and then gave me a lick on the hand. Two months after her rescue, she was almost back to normal and was adopted by the sister of the woman who fostered her.
Above: Morita today with her new family.
Morita survived because people like you cared enough to help. Thank you.
On November 4th, a Street Clinic Team visited a new area of Tijuana, Colonia Castillo. Thirty six animals were treated at the clinic and six more were treated in homes in the area, a remarkable turnout for a first day in a new colonia. The Street Clinic, also know as the Itchy-Scratchy Clinic, treated animals for parasites, mange, and minor infections and also educated the owners and rescuers about the need to spay and neuter animals. Owners were given food and vitamins to ready the animals for sterilization. Last month in Nueva Aurora, a repeat clinic was held in that extremely poor neighborhood and treated over 100 animals.
Colonia Castillo Street Clinic Photos 4 Nov 07
An HSTJ volunteer calms a patient.
Registration of animals
Receiving animals for treatments. HSTJ works out of tents and SUVs. This senior citizen got all dressed up to bring his dogs to us. One has already been spayed and is planning for the other.
This guy is getting some relief from the treatment. He was one of the calmer cats.
Treated for parasites, mange and eye infections and malnutrition.
A sad case: five pups abandoned at the clinic site.
Each treated and bathed.
Two were adopted by neighborhood people, One was adopted by an HSTJ volunteer and two are being fostered by another HSTJ volunteer until they can be adopted.
Spay and Neuter Clinic-Colonia Castillo 11 Nov.'07
Seven days after the Street Clinic, people brought 25 animals to spay and neuter, a remarkable turnout for only having a seven day presence in the colonia. Eighteen HSTJ volunteers from both Mexico and the San Diego area participated. Three Mexican veterinarians did the surgery.
Colonia Castillo Spay and Neuter Clinic Photos
First patient arrives in OR- The OR can handle up to four surgeries at one time.
Preparing to glove and start on another surgery. Three Mexican veterinarians did the surgery.
Preparing an animal for anesthesia.
Shaving and cleaning before surgery.
Processing the surgical instruments.
Recovery room area
Volunteers take a break. Volunteers brought food for the team.
More patients arrive in the recovery area.
A special area for cats in recovery.
HSTJ gets no government support and relies on its volunteers and supporters to provide these clinics. HSTJ cannot afford a private shelter so our volunteers must shelter rescues in their own homes. HSTJ helps over 30 rescuers spread all over Tijuana, a city of 1.4 million people, by providing food, medications and education.
On any given day there are over 7000 abandoned, sick, starving and frightened animals living in the streets of Tijuana. You can help us help these animals by sending a donation and by passing this email on to others so that more people will know of the work being done here.
All donations to help the animals of Tijuana may be mailed to:
Humane Society de Tijuana*
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173
Make checks payable to: Humane Society de Tijuana
*HSTJ has a 501 (c) (3) organization status pending in the USA. HSTJ's current Asociacion Civil [not-for-profit] Mexican tax ID number is : R.F.C. # HHS060901AY7
Monday, November 5, 2007
All donations go to help the Animals of Tijuana and fund the continuance of our Sterilization Clinics and Itchy Scratchy Clinics
Remember, Animals Have No Nationality
For your donation of $3, you will receive one "Animals Have No Nationality" friendship bracelet as seen above. For your donation of $10 you will receive 4 friendship bracelets.
They make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Just contact me and I can either mail them to you or if you are local, deliver them to you.
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If you would like to help futher our cause, please make a donation today!
Checks coming from the USA: Make payable to Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
Send donations to:
Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173
For more information about making a donation or becoming a volunteer:
In the USA, call 619-922-3394 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is what your donation can do!
** 2 dollars (20 pesos) can feed a large dog for a week!
** 50 dollars (500 pesos) is our average cost to treat and care for a "hard core" rescue.
** 20 dollars (200 pesos) helps us treat and place the average rescue in a new home.
We need you help to fund a free spay and neuter clinic for the people in the poorest areas of the city.
** 15 dollars (150 pesos) will pay for the materials and drugs to spay a cat or dog and save countless pups and kittens from being tossed into the streets where they will live in hunger, pain and fear.
We need your help to cure the diseases of our rescued animals.
** 30 dollars (300 pesos) will cure most cases of severe mange so a dog can be placed in a new home.
We need your help to feed the animals.
** 12 dollars (120 pesos) buys enough dry kitten or puppy replacement milk to hand feed a small litter for a week.
Every dollar/peso counts! No donation is too small to make a difference!
As you can see, the animals in Castillo are in a much better condition than those in Aurora Nuevo and that is because the town of castillo is much more civilized. The roads are paved, there are no visibly open sewers and the people are a little wealthier. Regardless, these animals were sill in need of treatment and I think the clinic was an overall success.
Needless to say, I have a new addition to my family.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
On October 20, 2007, we returned to the poor neighborhood of Nueva Aurora, Tijuana. This was HSTJ's 2nd Itchy Scratchy Clinic and back in August, they held a sterilization clinic here.
You must understand that the conditions the people of Nueva Aurora live in are not the best. Homes are dilapidated and often patched by random pieces of plywood and fencing. Many families share a one room structure. The roads are unpaved and not up kept. The winds just spread the dust and dirt from the road upon the entire community.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Cats: 12 males and 15 females