Cats: 12 males and 15 females
Friends of HSTJ is recognized by the IRS as a San Diego Non-profit. The 501(c)(3)#is 77-0704404. We directly support Humane Society de Tijuana. Friends of HSTJ is dedicated to improving the community through the humane treatment of animals. Our programs focus on: spay and neuter clinics; Tijuana Street Clinics to treat animals for parasites, mange, fleas & ticks; Rescue of street animals; adoptions; Public education programs; and promoting humane legislation.
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!
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.
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.