Friday, October 19, 2007

October 7, 2007 Sterilization Clinic

The Sterilization Clinic conducted on October 7, 2007, 8:00 a.m. at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Playas de Tijuana was a huge success!
We conducted 44 surgeries!

Dogs: 5 males and 12 females
Cats: 12 males and 15 females
The people bringing animals to be sterilized were Tijuana residents with pets, as well as Humane Society de Tijuana volunteers who have rescues in their care and individuals who are not volunteers with HSTJ but do rescues in their neighborhoods.














The mash style clinic was very well organized -
with a surgery room














a recovery room













and sterilization of instruments room.
We are always in need of supplies for our upcoming clinics. If you wold like to help, please send me an e-mail.

Thanks!

HSTJ on The Dog Whisperer

The Humane Society de Tijuana is one of the organizations mentioned and filmed on a recent episode of The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millán which currently airs on the National Geographic channel. Watch for repeats of the episode when Cesar Millán visits Tijuana, Mexico.

See the newsletter here:
http://www.cesarmillaninc.com/newsletter/200703.html#article8

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Nueva Aurora - A huge challenge for Humane Society de Tijuana

July 8, 2007 - Yesterday, our president, Lety Coto, and treasurer, Alejandro Arias, went to visit a very poor colonia [neighborhood] in Tijuana, Nueva Aurora. What they encountered was a situation that overwhelmed them and even surprised those of us who are familiar with the condition that exist in Mexico.

HISTORY
HSTJ and UHA had just completed a sterilization clinic in Playas de Tijuana which both organizations sponsor cooperatively. Simultaneously, HSTJ was contacted by a community leader in Nueva Aurora, a very poor colonia [neighborhood] in Tijuana and invited us to have a spay and neuter clinic there. Lety and Alejandro went to Nueva Aurora to check out the facilities to determine if we could set up a mobile hospital there for the next spay and neuter clinic.










YESTERDAY'S UNPLANNED STREET CLINIC [ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC]
Within minutes of arrival they spotted numerous animals needing attention. Most were in desperate need of help. Since HSTJ also does bi-weekly street clinics [Itchy-Scratchy Clinics] to prepare animals for the spay and neuter clinics, the team had street clinic supplies with them. [Please note the photos below of the animals in the streets.]





























They asked the director of the community center to knock on doors and tell the owners to bring these dogs over to the center. We always keep some supplies in the van and they were prepared to help the animals that they spoted near the community center building. They were expecting about 8 animals. Instead, 60 people showed up within minutes and with 80 animals. [please note the other photos of some of these same animals waiting for treatments.]










REALITIES OF THE LACK OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
In addition to the 80 animals that Lety and Alejandro treated for parasites, ticks, fleas, mange and other skin conditions, they spotted several sick animals that they were unable to capture, even with the help of the residents of the neighborhood. They noted that many of these animals were homeless, ill and beyond any help that our meager resources would permit. They also learned from the residents that the department of Antirrabico never goes into that neighborhood to remove the ill and injured animals and take them to the city pound for euthanasia. [ Our American associates at United Hope For Animals have been operating an humane euthanasia program at the pound for over a year. As a result, the city is no longer doing painful electrocutions. The animals would be spared painful electrocution and humanely euthanized if brought there; however, according to the residents, the city is not serving this area.]



PLANS FOR THE NEXT STREET CLINIC [ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC]
Thanks to the generous donations from Olive Walker of Los Angeles, we have been able to fund past clinics and as result of another donation can fund three more in addition to the one we just did.
We will be back in Nueva Aurora to do the follow up injections of Ivermectin for the dogs with mange and check the other animals that were de-wormed and treated for ticks to see if they may be healthy enough for sterilization and scheduled for the next spay and neuter clinic. However, with the increased numbers of animals being treated at each clinic, we will need to seek out additional funding. The additional costs of de-worming medications, miscellaneous skin preparations, Advantage for cats, injectable Ivermectin for mange, and gasoline for the trips is putting a drain on our meager budget. We also need more volunteers to help but most of our volunteers do not have the financial resources to drive across this town of 1.4 million people. It costs them five dollars for gasoline and the cost of lunch. At present, we don't have resources to reimburse them. Incidentally gasoline costs 7.41 pesos a liter in Mexico- $2.80 US dollars for a gallon.

SPECIAL NEEDS FOR NUEVA AURORA
Unlike our past Itchy-Scratchy clinics, we will need to have the services of a veterinarian for this colonia to treat some of the other conditions and euthanize those that are dying slow deaths and beyond our ability to help them. We are not permitted to give immunizations or treat for conditions other than parasites and mange. We will need to hire a veterinarian to accompany us. That along with the cost of the euthanasia drugs will greatly increase the cost of the clinic. Normally, we can fund a street clinic of 40-50 animals for about $125 US dollars. Having a veterinarian and buying euthanasia drugs will more than double the cost of an average street clinics in this area.
We have several special needs for all of the street clinics:
>Advantage for cats-we need something that can be used on debilitated animals and not harm them, kill the fleas and last long enough until we can do a follow up clinic to ready them for sterilization. With a four pack of Advantage [large 4ml per ampoule] we can treat 40 cats by measuring 4-5 drops per cat which will work.
>Gasoline: we need to be able to reimburse volunteers the cost of their trip and lunch. Most of these people live in very humble homes and barely have resources for their own families yet help us help the animals.
>Euthanasia drugs, these are costly but effective and the best gift we can give an animals that is destined to live out it's last days in hunger, pain and fear.
>Injectable Ivermectin, syringes, needles
>Printing of educational materials about follow up care, re-visits, and educate the public about the need to spay and neuter.
>Dog and Cat Food
>Special cleaning and disinfectant supplies like Chlorhexidine and Betadine,
>Honorariums for veterinarians to treat the more complicated conditions and perform euthanasia when necessary. Equally important, to be able to have a veterinarian present to avoid problems with the local government.

THE PEOPLE OF NUEVA AURORA REALLY CARE ABOUT THEIR PETS AND THE STREET ANIMALS!

THEY LACK THE EDUCATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP THEM. WE NEED YOUR HELP SO THAT WE CAN HELP THE PEOPLE OF NUEVA AURORA AND THEIR ANIMALS.

MANY OF THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT ANIMALS TO THIS ON-THE-SPOT CLINIC WERE CHILDREN!


POLITICAL REALITIES
We have already tried to get the attention of the city functionaries to pressure the department of Antirrabico [city dog pound] to serve the poor communities but it is useless. They tolerate our efforts but do not give us support. Nor will they give us the information about the budget being given to the city pound and how it is spent. The department of health doesn't object to our work but the department doesn't help us. Complicating the issue is that several members of the Mexican veterinary community have made it know that they do not want us taking business away from them even though we can show that the animals that we treat are not animals that would ordinarily ever be taken to a veterinarian. It is the same for our spay and neuter clinic; however, in that clinic, we already involve the Mexican veterinarians who support our efforts and they have been the buffer between those who object to our efforts and the department of health. On the positive side, we now have community leaders, especially the directors of the community centers who see the work being done and the positive effect on the community. They are beginning to speak out and help us with political support.


DONATIONS:
All donations for the Street Clinic [Itchy-Scratchy Clinic] can be sent to:

Humane Society de Tijuana
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173

Please make the check payable to: Humane Society de Tijuana.

WE NEED YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE WORD. PASS THIS ON TO AS MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU CAN.

Thanks for your continued interest in helping us help the animals of Tijuana.

Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana - Introduction

Humae Society de Tijuana ("HSTJ") is a private, non-profit, volunteer Mexican organization dedicated to improving the community through the humane treatment of animals, assisting individuals who rescue street animals, providing public education and outreach, and working with government officials to find alternatives to electrocutions as a means to control pet overpopulation at city pounds. HSTJ's Mexican Tax I.D. number is [R.F.C.] HHS060901AY7.

With no government support or shelter of its own, HSTJ relies solely on donations and volunteers. Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana is a California non-profit (pending) committed to advancing the work of HSTJ by raising desperately needed funding to continue serving neglected and abused animals in the poorest of neighborhoods through monthly spay and neuter clinics and bi-monthly street clinics to treat animals debilitated by parasites, mange, fleas, and ticks

Thank you again for becoming a “Friend”! Together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals who exist in a constant state of illness, fear, and pain. Let’s put a stop to needless suffering. If you believe in Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, you believe in Kindness without Borders.

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