Friday, December 14, 2007

Live Broadcast Re: HSTJ by Brooke Binkowski - LISTEN HERE

Seasons Givings: Nonprofit Group Helps Stray Animals in Tijuana

Brooke Binkowski
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.

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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

December 9th Clinic in the Colonia of Salvatierra Cancelled Due to Weather

Due to the rainy conditions, our December 9th Clinic at the Colonia Salvatierra was postponed to January 13th in the same location.

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 hstj_donate@yahoo.com if you are interested in helping or making a donation!

Thank you for your continued support.