Thursday, December 30, 2010

Helping The Individual Rescuer- HSTJ Successes and Challenges

One of the goals of HSTJ is to help individual rescuers. Each year, HSTJ distributes tons of food along with medicines, medical shampoos, flea/ tick treatments, and de-worming preparations to independent TJ rescuers who are taking in street animals. HSTJ also provides free and low cost spay and neuter clinic for the animals of these dedicated people, many of whom live very modestly and yet are willing to share their resources with the animals who desperately need their help. Many find homes for their rescues after successfully rehabilitating the animals. However some, while having good intentions, actually end up creating horrible situations by “collecting” animals from the streets without an adequate plan for housing, medical treatment, and general care; not to mention the need to spay and neuter and find homes for them. This year, 2009-2010 has been an especially challenging year because of two such large cases involving hundreds of dogs.

The most challenging of the two cases involves an elderly individual who has been “collecting “ animals off the streets for several years and housing them in an abandoned hotel. He was one of the first in Tijuana to actually start an animal protection organization many years ago; however, through the years, this particular operation has come under question by many private rescuers, neighbors, volunteers working at the site and HSTJ as well. Through the years, nobody has been successful in getting the authorities to intervene. HSTJ has, on several occasions, offered to visit the “hotel” to treat the animals for parasites, evaluate the condition of the animals and remove those needing urgent attention. We were denied access by the owner. Fortunately, this year, one of the volunteers working at the site took matters in hand and asked for our help in the form of food, medicines, hygiene supplies, and flea/ tick treatments so that they might be able to continue to work inside the “hotel” and reform some of the conditions that exit. HSTJ is supplying all the requested items. We were also able to get photos and video of the conditions and it was even worse than anticipated. The person is what we call a “hoarder” of sick and injured dogs who are living in abominable conditions; many in cages for so long that they are too weak to stand and living in filth. Many are diseased and/or wounded. It is a real nightmare.

We tried to convince the owner to allow us to take some of the animals most in need of medical care, e.g., those suffering and dying without medical attention. Unfortunately and under Mexican law we cannot force the owner to surrender the animals. Also, knowing that we would not get much attention from the authorities, HSTJ took a licensed veterinarian and an investigative reporter from Tijuana’s El Mexicano newspaper to the site which resulted in convincing the owner to surrender 17 animals to the women who were volunteering at the site and who then turned them over to HSTJ and other rescuers standing by to receive the animals. A long and graphically detailed article appeared in the paper and did get some reaction from the public; but , to date, the authorities still have not intervened. HSTJ continues to supply the volunteers at the site with food, medications, cleaning supplies, and misc items. HSTJ has also embarked on a public information campaign and continues to ask that the authorities intervene and allow rsponsible rescuers to remove the animals from the site.

For those who read Spanish, see the following copy of the El Mexicano article that reported on the conditions at the dog hotel run by Alejandro [Alex] Iñigo in downtown Tijuana and which is entitled “Dogs Surviving in Hell.”

Sobreviven perros al infierno
Por
Jose Israel IBARRA GONZALEZ / EL MEXICANO lunes, 01 de noviembre de 2010
Se publicó en: Edición impresa

TIJUANA.- Encerrados atrás de los cuartos de un antiguo motel de la calle Bugambilias en el fraccionamiento Del Prado, fueron descubiertos más de 60 perros con sarna, enfermedades venereas, desnutridos y golpeados. Este domingo 31 de octubre un grupo de voluntarios pudo rescatar a 17 de un sufrimiento que no se le puede desear a ningún ser vivo.

La cita fue a las 12 del día frente al hospital que lleva el nombre de la colonia, ahí estuvo la señora Victoria Bravo, una voluntaria de San Diego que conoció del caso después de leer un artículo en un periódico estadounidense.

Antes de entrar fue necesario utilizar un cubrebocas para evitar respirar el olor al excremento con sangre de los canes, así como protegerse del contagio de enfermedades virales, pues nunca han sido atendidos por un veterinario.

En las manos y en los pies fue necesario rociar un líquido para evitar que las garrapatas y las pulgas se acercaran mientras eran sacados los 17 perros que fueron trasladados en 2 pick ups a un predio en la colonia El Soler para ser curados por los voluntarios, el objetivo era llevarse los más posibles.

El hombre que los tiene encerrados se llama Alejandro Íñigo, que está encargado de administrar un estacionamiento ubicado en las derruídas instalaciones del otrora motel. Alega con Vicky Bravo que se están llevando más de los 12 perros que habían acordado, pero otro de los voluntarios se apresura a subir un par más.

El rescate

Para ingresar a la parte trasera de los cuartos hay que pasar por un pasillo sucio donde se encuentra amarrada una perra brava que intenta safarse de una cadena, mientras tanto los voluntarios se apuran a sacar a los animales que están en las mejores condiciones, los que puedan salvarse, el resto de los canes intentan salirse cuando abren las puertas pero no se pueden llevar a todos.

Antes de entrar a las jaulas improvisadas con tela de alambre, donde tienen cajas de triplay con huecos para que duerman, está una gran tina con desperdicios, es la comida que destinarán al resto de los animales, que pelean por comer y mantener un espacio en medio de un total hacinamiento.

Alejandro Íñigo, dice ser el presidente de la Asociación Pro Derecho de los Animales, un bandera que para nada se cumple en esta perrera de “enfermedad, sufrimiento y muerte” que está ubicada frente un hospital donde pueden volar las enfermedades. La operación de rescate no tarda más de 30 minutos.

“Apenas lo pudimos convencer de sacar a 12 perros, pero alcanzamos rescatar a 17”, señala la señora Bravo, una vez que se salió del lugar.

Íñigo -dicen los voluntarios- pide dinero para la manutención de los animales, una situación que no cumple, ya que los tiene en condiciones pésimas; además que no están castrados, por lo que se reproducen y los cachorros mueren, en medio de la inmundicia de las instalaciones de tierra.

Maltrato Animal

La “World Society for the Protection of Animals” utiliza en su campaña global en contra de la crueldad animal un pasaje que dimensiona la importancia de los seres vivos: “Cierto día en que Gandhi predicaba, uno de sus discípulos le preguntó: Maestro ¿Quién es mi prójimo? El generoso Mahatma le respondió: “Todo lo que respira es tu prójimo”.

Carlos Chacón, gerente regional de Educación de WSPA para México, Centroamérica y el Caribe, explicó en su reciente visita a Tijuana, que a cualquier animal en cautiverio hay que garantizarse 5 libertades, que son estar: 1)libre de hambre y sed; 2) libre de incomodidades; 3) libre de dolor, heridas y enfermedades; 4) libre de miedo y estrés; y 5) libre para expresar su comportamiento natural.

En el caso “Bugambilias” los perros no cumplen con ninguna de estas condiciones, sin embargo, nunca una autoridad ha entrado a verificar lo que está sucediendo, como ocurrió en el caso “Coward” en febrero de 2009 cuando fue descubierta una perrera clandestina donde tenían a 157 canes en condicines deplorables para cualquier ser viviente.

La WSPA (Sociedad Mundial para la Protección de los Animales) tienen 15 oficinas regionales a nivel global, con 1012 sociedades incorporadas en 156 países; tiene un estatus consultivo en Naciones Unidas, Consejo de Europa, Organización Mundial de la Salud y la Organización Mundial de la Sanidad Animal.

Al gerente Carlos Chacón se le preguntó ¿por qué se da la crueldad hacia los animales? -como sucede en el caso “Bugambilias”- Y respondió que es por la ignorancia; un círculo de violencia; el egocentrismo y el antropocentrismo; los antivalores y el irrespeto a la vida.

Para cambiar esa realidad es necesario tener una legislación para la protección y el bienestar animal, sin embargo, señaló que en el caso de México la ley es muy laxa, los “delincuentes” sólo reciben amonestaciones pequeñas y los jueces dejan para lo último este tipo de casos de violencia animal, debido a que tienen otros problemas que consideran más graves.

Por esa razón la WSPA trabaja en proyectos de campo, desarrollo de sociedades miembro, además de campañas de concientización y educación, en las que se abordan desde los ámbitos formal y no formal, con conocimientos y valores.

Casos encontrados

Uno de los perros encontrados en la perrera clandestina este pasado día de Halloween no tenía una quijada, un dolor que le hace provocar gemidos constantes de sufrimiento; otro caso es el de una perra con TVT (Tumor Venéreo Trasmisible).

Este último caso consiste en una serie de células tumorales que se contagian por contacto sexual. Este tumor -que se contó con la oportunidad de fotografiarlo-, se desarrolla mediante una proliferación de tejido, en este caso, en los genitales, invadiéndolos tanto interna como externamente.

Existen dos clases de tratamientos, uno quirúrgico y otro farmacológico, pudiendo en ciertas ocasiones realizarse ambos tratamientos simultáneos. Aunque en este caso el animal se quedó por el temor de que contagiara a los otros 17 rescatados.

Aunque no deja secuelas una vez curado, el tratamiento farmacológico, mientras se está realizando puede producir algún trastorno a nivel hepático o a nivel de la piel y tejido subcutáneo, pero una vez finalizado el mismo, se recupera perfectamente, excepto que la mascota responda mal al mismo, pudiendo sufrir un shock en cualquier momento.

Estos son algunos de los muchos casos que están ahí adentro, en el antiguo motel del fraccionamiento Del Padro y la calle Bugambilias, perros que están espera de ser rescatados de ese “infierno viviente”, señaló la voluntaria norteamericana Vicky Bravo.

Agregó que los interesados en adoptar a los perros rescatados o darles medicamento o comida, pueden escribirle a su correo vbravo6289@yahoo.com, en donde les dará la información necesaria.

Alertó para que ningún tijuanense continúe llamando a Íñigo para entregarle dinero o perros, porque sólo es condenarlos al sufrimiento constante, que ya quedó demostrado tras este rescate.

Violencia que genera violencia

Pero la crueldad animal va más allá que el simple maltrato, una investigación realizada por Sthephen Kellert Ph.D. y Alan Felthous M.D., acerca de la “crueldad infantil con los animales” y la relación con los futuros criminales -llevada a cabo en las prisiones de Kansas y Connecticut en Estados Unidos-, sugiere que la agresión entre los delincuentes adultos puede ser fuertemente correlacionada con la historia de abuso familiar y crueldad infantil con las mascotas.

Los resultados del estudio fueron dados por el gerente regional Carlos Chacón en Tijuana durante un curso otorgado en el Centro de la Cultura de la Legalidad a profesores que educarán a sus alumnos para evitar el fenómeno.

“La crueldad infantil con los animales es un indicador potencial de relaciones familiares problemáticas y futuro comportamiento antisocial y agresivo”, dijo.

Chacón explicó que trabajan porque exista un trato ético hacia los animales, para que cuando una persona decida tener una mascota de compañía sea para darle las garantías de una buena vida y que no la vaya dejarla abandonada, cayendo en manos de “supuestos” benefactores como sucede en el caso “Bugambilias”. (iig)

HSTJ's December Itchy Scratchy Clinics

In December, HSTJ held one Itchy Scratchy Clinic on December 7, 2010 in the Colonia Buenos Aires

53 animals were dewormed and treated against fleas and ticks this day

48 dogs
7 cats

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Yappy Hour at La Jolla Brewhouse

Thank you to all who came out to the December 14th holiday Yappy Hour at the La Jolla Brewhouse! So many adorable and festive costmes, both human and canine! Santa and Mrs Claus even made an appearance!


Thank you Bruce for volunteering yoiur time totake some great photos with Santa.

All in all, a great time and for a great cause. Through the raffle, we raised money for HSTJ's spay and neuter clinics!



Congratulations to Tom Thibault, the winner of the Rescue 400 Club drawing!

To view all of the photos from the Yappy Hour visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157626103558182/

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Holiday Yappy Hour - Eat, Drink & Be Merry with Your Dog!!

Join Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana for a festive Holiday Event at the La Jolla Brewhouse, Tuesday December 14th from 5-8p.m.!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza or simply the joy of eating, drinking, and being merry, especially with your favorite canine friend, you should come on out to this pet friendly event.

The holidays are here! Get in the spirit for a fun and charitable event! Holiday attire is welcomed, who said Halloween was the only time for costumes? Santa and his elves will be attending as well. Photos with Santa with your fur babies will be offerred, only $5, which includes one beer or wine - all proceeds to benefit HSTJ's spay/neuter programs!

Great giveaways, a raffle to include prizes from Whole Foods, restaurant certificates, Theatre Tickets, and more!

The La Jolla Brewhouse has a pet-friendly patio and in addition to the great drink and food specials, will be offering a canine menu for your favorite canine friend.

La Jolla Brewhouse is located at 7536 Fay Ave in La Jolla, CA 92037. The phone number is 858-456-6279

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Donate a Dog House this Holiday Season

These winter months are cold! Do you have a dog house that you are not using or would like to donate? The majority of animals in Mexico will be surviving outside and many of them will go without shelter during these winter months. Donate a dog house and we will deliver it to a dog in need in Tijuana. Email Nicole@friendsofhstj.org for more information.

You know it is cold when cats and dogs will share a dog house just to get warm!! 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HSTJ's November Itchy Scratchy Clinics

During the month of November, 3 Itchy Scratchy Clinics were conducted treating a total of 149 dogs and 18 cats. That is 167 animals!

To view the pictures from these clinic click http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625320480827/

The November 6th clinic was held in the Canyon Ruben Amaya. -Animals treated: 62 dogs and four cats.
-Volunteers attending at this clinic: Lety, Luis Mondragon, Karlita and Lisette.

The November 13th clinic was held in the Colonia Libertad (HSTJ's first time in this industrial part of TJ) -Animals treated:48 dogs and nine cats.

The November 27th clinic was held in Segunda Meza Treating 39 Dogs and 5 cats.
-Special cases: The first furry pet we were brought was in very bad shape. He was a young brown and white pup. His owner, Marisol mentioned that he had been vomiting and having diarrhea, so her aunt wa giving him aspirin several times a day. Lety immediately sent them to a vet located close by for any diagnosis and possible treatment. This is just an example of how some people in Mexico weren't accustomed to vet visits, thinking that because of the cost, it would be unrealistic to even bother. But now most that live in or around the areas where we hold Itchy-Scratchy Clinics, begin to ask around for reputable, yet low-cost vet clinics, in order to complement the treatment their pets have already received with us.

Yet another special case was that of "Mamut", a little black pooch with a severe case of mange and several lacerations on his body. Volunteer Lety made sure that he not only received direct treatment for his condition, but also follow-up visits are to be done until he has made a full recovery.

We were also brought a whole family of dogs that had a severe case of mange. The mommy along with her five puppies, as with any other four-legged visitor, recieved the full I.S. treatment for: mange, worms, fleas, ticks, ear-mite, teeth cleaning, nails clipped, doggy vitamins and were also given a full supply of pet food. Stay tuned for updates about his recovery.

These Wonderful Dogs are Still Looking for the Furever Homes

Mitzy needs a home where she'll be included as part of the family. She is social and loves kids. She knows many tricks such as "paw", "shake", "sit", "down", "stay", "come" "stop" and "leave it". She sleeps in her den (crate) and goes there to nap through out the day.


Mitzy loves to be walked and to go to Fiesta Island and other dog beaches where she can run free.

Mitzy is a 2 year old female shephard, terrier mix.



Johnny is 5 yr. old bulldog, Shar-Pei, terrier mx....based on his looks and adorable bulldog under bite. He is wonderful with adults and children. He would make an incredible therapy dog because kids just seem to come out of their shell when he is around. He is good with other dogs and has not been tested with cats. He would love nothing more than to chase a ball or to just cuddle with you on a sofa and relax....he is a very mellow guy. He does great in the car and is very good on the leash. Wherever you are, that is where he wants to be! Contact Nicole@friendsofhstj.org  if interested


 Sammy is a super sweet and loveable guy, a 2 year old terrier mix, he is 44 pounds.  Sammy is looking for an active person who is able to give him the love and attention that he deserves. He has lifetime training at Snug Pet Resort, he is potty trained, walks well on a leash, can heal and knows his basic commands! Doesn't he sound perfect?!?
Do you have it in your heart to take sammy home with you?
As you will recall Sammy was rescued from the streets of Tijuana as a puppy and it was discovered that he had limited sight, you would not know it with how he chases butterflies in the yard and runs with the other dogs.
Sammy was adopted into a home, however due to difficult times, Sammy is needing to be immediately re-homed.

Read Sammy's story of rescue http://friendsofhumanesocietydetijuana.blogspot.com/2009/12/sammys-story.html

Izzy is a 10 month old female wire haired terrier schnauzer mix. She loves to cuddle and play ball and would make a wonderful addition to any family. Meet Izzy this Sunday! Contact Christy@friendsofhstj.org for more information.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

HSTJ's November 21, 2010 Sterilization Clinic in Playas

It was a rainy day clinic on November 21, 2010 at the Universidad Iboamericana in Playas de Tijuana, but that did not stop the dedicated volunteers and people from the community from coming out to the clinic.






We sterilized a toal of 28 dogs and cats!






Welcome new volunteers Marie and Samantha and of course thank you to all of the volunteers for braving the weather and helping animals in need.


Several vets that volunteer with another organization attended the clinic to learn HSTJ's technique and clinic style.

We had one of our largest patients at this clinic, a huge female great dane mix that you could tell had had way too many litters, no mor for you missy!


We also had a sweet beagle mix that had been attacked by another dog and had sufferred an enormous gaping wound on his back. Dr Antonio was able to neuter him, clean and suture his wound and then educate the family on proper after care. It looks like that dog is going to be all right!





Thank you Dr. Antonio! It is truly amazing what these animals are able to endure and continue to survive. We are glad to help!


Our next full clinic will likely be after the cold weather and holidays.  See you in February!

To view all of the pictures from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625453654854/

Please help support our clinics by pledging to donate just $5 a month, that is only $0.16 cents a day! Join the rescue 400 club today! http://www.friendsofhstj.org/BecomeaSponsor.html

Thursday, November 11, 2010

HSTJ's October 24, 2010 Sterilization Clinic in Playas

In continuing with our mission to decrease the street animal population through sterilization, HSTJ sterilized a total of 34 animals at the October 24th clinic in Playas! Wow, 11 cats and 23 dogs! That brings HSTJ's total sterilizations for 2010 to 383 animals!

Unfortunately a very limited amount of pictures were taken at this clinic :(
Next clinic we promise to do better!
 
 



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HSTJ's October Itchy Scratchy Clinics

Colonia Gilardo Magana was a new area visited by Team Lisette, she reports the following: This Colonia has dirt roads, and no plumbing or sewage disposal. Despite being such a poor area, I was amazed to see most nearby come, bringing their little animals. They were so grateful, that they offered what little they could as their voluntary donations for HSTJ.

On a curious note, I observed that most homes have a broken down fence, if any at all. Their pets are able to roam as far and wide as they'd like, but strangely won't go beyond their own block. After asking why, I was told, and also saw for myself, that they are very PROTECTIVE of their homes.

Something else I noticed was that at least 70% of the dogs we treated (for: worms, fleas, ticks, ear mites, teeth cleaning, etc;) were suffering from what looked like a bad eye infection. Some a lot worse than others. Perhaps due to all the bacteria in the dirt, which eventually comes in contact with their eyes. A vet visit was strongly recommended for proper diagnosis and treatment, though I could tell from their reactions that most wouldn't or couldn't. So I did the best I could with the material I had. In the worst cases, I entrusted the owner with eye ointment/drops for further treatment. We saw some cases of mange, and a little pup with a strange disease. But the common denominator here was eye infections. This little community left a lasting impression on us, and we hope to come by with a follow-up clinic soon.
 
October IS Clinics
 
PLACE: COLONIA GILARDO MAGANA
DATE: 1/OCTOBER/2010
ANIMALS DEWORMED AND TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS AND MANGE 42
DOGS 37 CATS 5
VOLUNTEERS ATTENDED TEAM LISETTE

PLACE: COLONIA NUEVO MILENIO PRIMERA SECCION
DATE: 8/OCTOBER/2010
ANIMALS DEWORMED AND TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS AND MANGE 42
DOGS 42 CATS  0
VOLUNTEERS ATTENDED TEAM LISETTE

PLACE: TERRAZAS DEL VALLE
DATE: 26/OCTOBER/2010
ANIMALS DEWORMED AND TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS AND MANGE 47
DOGS 45 CATS 2
VOLUNTEERS ATTENDED: ISABEL, MANUEL AND KARLA.

PLACE: COLONIA SALVATIERRA
DATE: 31 OCTOBER 2010
ANIMALS DEWORMED AND TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS AND MANGE 143
DOGS 135 CATS 8
VOLUNTEERS ATTENDED: ISABEL, MARIA, JESUS, CLEMENTE AND JESSICA.


For pictures from all of the October IS Clinics, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625292403602/

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gizmo's Amazing Story of Rescue

During an HSTJ Itchy Scratchy clinic in the colonia Nueva Aurora, one of HSTJ's volunteers, Brian was walking around the neighborhood looking for animals that needed treatment when he happened upon little Gizmo here who was in the front yard of a house with his mom. Brian came back to the clinic and brought Lety and Dr. Sarah with him to have a look at the little pup.






Lety coaxed him to her, and then went and spoke to the owner. He was apparently the last survivor of his litter. He had such terrible mange that he had no hair whatsoever, and he was covered in motor oil (a useless and dangerous remedy). When Dr. Sarah examined him, she discovered that he was extremely dehydrated and parasite-ridden. His worms were so bad that he had a prolapsed rectum from the diarrhea.


Lety washed off the oil as best she could, and Sarah gave him subcutaneous fluids. She also attempted to put a pursestring suture in his rectum to hold it in place, but she couldn't get him to hold still well enough to get local anesthesia into him, so she just ended up using ambusol to get it back into place (a trick a cow vet friend taught her).




The poor thing was in miserable condition. Dr. Sarah felt he had a good chance of survival if given the proper care, but she didn't have high hopes. It was up to Lety, who decided to take little Gizmo home and nurse him back to health.








Lety describes that after Sarah gave Gizmo the first aid, Lety took Gizmo to a local veterinarian office, where the vet said little Gizmo had very little chance of survival as he was badly damaged due to the parasites and dehydration. For three days Lety stood by Gizmo who was connected to an I.V. with saline solution and medication until his stomach could retain liquid food, then every hour he received a teaspoon of Ensure.





Lety had little Gizmo in a pet carrier and she would carry him around the house with her to monitor him. At night, she would put him on her bed with her. She also brought him with her to work so that she could continously check on him.

When Gizmo made his full recovery, he had bonderd with Lety and her other dogs so strongly, cuddling at night with them and following
Lety everywhere, how could she not fall in love with him. She decided to make Gizmo a permanent addition to her fur family! A danger of working with a rescue organizaiton, you will always find room for one more in your heart and home :)






It is because of our dedicated supporters and volunteers that we are able to help animals just like Gizmo, prioviding them with food, medical attention and treatment.

Help HSTJ help more animals like Gizmo. Please join our Rescue 400 Club by donating just $5 a month, that is $0.16 cents a day to help an animal in need.

Humane Society de Tijuana [HSTJ] Hosts Professional Educators’ Conference Presented by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

One of HSTJ's goals is education and awareness about the humane treatment of animals. In concert with that goal HSTJ recently sponsored a two day educational conference. HSTJ invited The World Society of the Protection of Animals [WSPA] to present its teacher training program “Respect for Living Things” to 45 professional primary and secondary school teachers as well as teacher trainers. Themes included ethical treatment of animals, need to spay and neuter pets, and several other topics.



The government of the Mexican State of Baja California provided free facilities at a new hi-tech educational center and supported the teachers who were awarded continuing education credit with the intention that they impart this knowledge to their students. The WSPA presenters were sent by the Latin American headquarters of WSPA in Costa Rica who paid the presenters and supplied teaching materials to the educators.

HSTJ also provides direct, one-on-one education to adults and children who bring animals to the HSTJ street clinics and which takes the form of discussions, handouts, and demonstrations. Friends of HSTJ is proud to have a direct role in supporting not only the clinics but the educational aspect of these events.

We know that imparting knowledge is the key to bringing about a change in attitudes regarding the humane treatment of animals and reaching the children is a high priority. It is the key to saving these animals from becoming abandoned and living in misery on the streets. Many of the animals brought to the street clinics are brought by children and young adults and this is a good sign that attitudes are changing.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yappy Hour at La Jolla Brewhoue Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We hope to see you on Tuesday October 26, 2010 at the La Jolla Brewhouse to help raise some much needed funds for HSTJ's Spay and neuter clinics!
5pm-8pm at La Jolla Brewhouse, located at 7536 Fay Avenue, La Jolla
See photos from last year's Halloween Yappy Hour.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157622611089011/

Monday, October 4, 2010

Two Great Dogs Up for Adoption!

Adopt Beau


Beau is a 6 yr. old Collie. He is a very sweet guy who gets along with just about everyone he meets. He is great with people, kids, and other dogs. He has not lived with cats, but he seems to have little interest in them when he comes in contact with them. Contact Nicole@friendsofhstj.org  if interested

Adopt Johnny


Johnny is 5 yr. old bulldog, Shar-Pei, terrier mx....based on his looks and adorable bulldog under bite. He is wonderful with adults and children. He would make an incredible therapy dog because kids just seem to come out of their shell when he is around. He is good with other dogs and has not been tested with cats. He would love nothing more than to chase a ball or to just cuddle with you on a sofa and relax....he is a very mellow guy. He does great in the car and is very good on the leash. Wherever you are, that is where he wants to be! Contact Nicole@friendsofhstj.org  if interested

HSTJ's September 2010 Itchy Scratchy Clinics

A total of 202 animals were treated at the September Itchy Scratchy Clinics, here are the stats:

DATE: 5/SEPTEMBER/2010
PLACE: COLONIA MEXICO
ANIMALS TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS, WORMS AND MANGE:
34 32 DOGS 2 CATS

DATE: 6/SEPTEMBER/2010
PLACE: COLONIA SOLER
ANIMALS TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS, WORMS AND MANGE:
52 DOGS

DATE: 19/SEPTEMBER/2010
PLACE: COLONIA SOLER
ANIMALS TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS, WORMS AND MANGE:
52 DOGS

DATE: 24/SEPTEMBER/2010
PLACE: COLONIA XICO
ANIMALS TREATED AGAINST FLEAS, TICKS, WORMS AND MANGE:
64 59 DOGS 5 CATS

HSTJ's September 26, 2010 Sterilization Clinic in Playas de Tijuana

HSTJ's September 26th clinic was conducted at the Universidad Iboamericana in Playas de Tijuana.


A total of 57 animals were fixed this day.

Here are the stats:

-total of 60 animals registered, but 3 were not spayed/neutered (1 cat and 1 dog had eaten shortly before the clinic and 1 cat was taken for euthanasia)

-19 cats (8 males and 11 females)

-38 dogs (14 males and 24 females)

For pictures from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625075416538/

Message from the President about FHSTJ/HSTJ Services and Related Costs.

In response to questions that have arisen as a result of publicity about another organization's costs of operation, we want to take this opportunity to share information about our operational costs by providing a summary of our annual IRS 990 report. We want our supporters to see how their donations are used. We take great pride in making sure that we are as efficient as possible with every penny received because every penny counts in rescue. Humane Society de Tijuana and Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana are not affiliated with any other humane society and operate independently and transparently.


In an effort to offer complete transperancy, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana has published a statement regarding our 2009/2010 Fiscal year budget

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Dear Donors and Volunteers:

As we finalized the our fiscal year 990 report for the IRS [July 1, 09- June 30, 10] it became obvious that it would be less confusing to donors and volunteers if we used this data for annual reporting instead of an end of calendar year report.

I am pleased to share a summary of that report. However, before noting the data below, it is important to remember that neither Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana nor the organization which it supports, Humane Society de Tijuana, has anyone on salary or getting stipends . No board member, volunteer, or advisor receives a stipend or salary. Neither organization pays salaries or stipends to fundraisers. Fundraising expenses are limited to publicity, rental space and communications. FHSTJ/HSTJ limits its payment for services to direct animal care e.g., veterinary services; animal, food, equipment transportation; cleaning and hauling.

It is also important to understand that the bank balance at the end of the fiscal year is NOT a reserve, but rather, money already encumbered for the future clinics, truck repairs, and equipment replacement. Only five thousand of the balance is a true reserve in the event that Tijuana faces a natural disaster like that which occurred in Mexicali . It is important that we have a few dollars to see us through a disaster.

Summary of data in the FHSTJ- IRS 990 report for the fiscal year July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010

Income: $56, 597

Expenses: $35, 947

Bank Balance: $28,944

This money was used to augment the meager income and in-kind support which the Humane Society de Tijuana [HSTJ] received from donors in Mexico and which was less than $5000.00. Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana does not send any money to Mexico. Rather, it pays the bills and/or purchases items for HSTJ so as to not create a tax liability for HSTJ. FHSTJ accounts for each dollar spent on HSTJ programs.

With this meager budget, a team of 78 FHSTJ volunteers augmented the 35 member Mexican volunteer corps and:

2,539 animals were treated at free street clinics [Itchy-Scratchy Clinics];

54,000 lbs of donated pet food was distributed at various clinics;

459 animals were spayed/neutered at free and low cost clinics;

24 Tijuana colonias [poor neighborhoods] were served; and

95 special hardcore cases were rescued and treated of which 40 were adopted in the San Diego, CA area.

We feel that our results are outstanding considering our budget restrictions. We feel our cost per animal is not only reasonable but exemplary because we spend all our donations on direct animal care.

Please visit our web site: http://www.friendsofhstj.org/ and check the latest reports on clinics and events so that you can see how your donations are being used.

Your continuing support is critical. To date we have received less in donations for this same period last year and we urgently need to boost the level of donations if we are to continue serving the thousands of animals as we did last year.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Richard Massa

President, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Amazing Transformation of Oso the Little Bear


Oso is a furry Chow-Chow mix. He ws found by Dr. Veronika outside of a sushi place in tijuana, limping across the street. He was in very bad shape and according to Dr Veronika, wouldn't have made it longer than 12 more hours. He had a severe case of mange and several oozing wounds. He was so weak he could not even stand, and so thin, it looked unreal.

After a long bath, no more ticks and fleas were sucking his bood. Dr Veronika prescribed treatment, which volunteer Lisette administered everyday. After she had him for three days, it became apparent he was responding to treatment well, in fact he was back to his playful self, although still limping.

As the weeks went by, though, and his wounds healed, huge water filled lumps formed. Dr Veronika had to preform surgery and extract a foreign object, most likely a foxtail that had traveled deep inside the previous wounds.

He was also fixed and is now waiting to make a trip to his new home in Dr Veronika's native Austria.
















See the amazing transformation first hand, what a little TLC and medicine can do for an animal. These conditions are very ommon among the street animals in Tijuana. It is because of our caring volunteers and veterinarians that dogs like Oso are given a second chance.

Please help HSTJ continue to save animals from the streets just like Oso, Join the Rescue 400 club by pledging just $5 a month.
http://friendsofhstj.org/BecomeaSponsor.html
Or make aone-time donation today!
http://friendsofhstj.org/OneTimeDonation.html
Thank you for your support.





PartyLite “Give and Take” Fundraising Opportunity for the Animals of Tijuana

Talk about taking fundraising to a whole new level! Unlike traditional fundraisers that benefit a sole charity or organization, the PartyLite program is all about give and take. When you purchase candles through the PartyLite program, not only do you receive high-quality products, you also have the satisfaction of knowing that 50 percent of your purchase goes directly to a deserving organization. And, who qualifies more than Friends of the Humane Society of Tijuana?

PartyLite makes it easy by offering just three products for $20 or less (see below) with a variety of scents from which to select. Individual sellers can encourage friends, family, and co-workers to get a jump-start on holiday shopping and as a pitch let them know that boxes of tealights or votives can be divided into mini-gift packs. Most importantly, every purchase helps Friends help the animals. It’s a win-win!

If you are interested in participating in this wonderful and exciting opportunity, please contact MaryJane at friendsfundraiser@cox.net by 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 12th. She will coordinate with the sales rep to get brochures and order forms to those who will be “selling for the animals”.

The three-week selling period begins on Monday, October 25 and ends on Friday, November 12.

Our goal is no less than 20 individual sellers. Thank you!



Tuesday, August 31, 2010

HSTJ's August 22, 2010 Spay/Neuter Clinic Colonia Mariano Matamoros

HSTJ's August 22, 2010 Spay and Neuter clinic was held at the DIF center in the Colonia Mariano Matamoros.

27 animals were sterilized this day 11 cats and 16 dogs.


This clinic brings our spays and neuters to a total 62 for the month of August!


Overall a very successful clinic, our wonder dog Napolean came with his rescuer Dr. Veronika and hung out while she performed surgeries, he was so well behaved.

We had one special case, the white boxer mix with the very red eyes you see in the pictures, volunteer Nicole says "Our lady was not feeling well for a few reasons....she just had a litter of puppies a few months back and they did a number on her reproductive organs and could have caused issues down the road. Her eyes were very infected and had not been treated properly for months. At first it was thought that she had an eye infection, but after 2 vets looked at them closer, it was the consensus that she had entropion of the eye lids that was causing eye irritation when the eye lashes rub over the eye as she blinks. Dr. Veronika was able to surgically remove a small section of the under eye tissue to make the eye lashes point away from the eye and correct the irritation problem. Lady is healing wonderfully and she is an exceptional patient. Her Spay went perfectly and she is walking, eating, and drinking like normal."
Thanks Nicole for rescuing lady and thanks Dr. Veronika for fixing her eyes!

We saw many dogs infested with ticks, volunteers were picking ticks off of some dogs the entire time they were in recovery. We had several cups filled with alcohol that we would dump the ticks we pulled off. I wish I had gotten a picture of these cups, they looked like a science experiment showing so many different species of ticks, it was truly amazing. Hopefully those infested pups will feel some relief without all that baggage, we treated them with revolution as well to keep those pesky buggers off! These summer months are rough!

Welcome new volunteer Amy! Thanks for your mad tick picking skills!

To view all of the pictures from the clinic, please visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157624798652026/
To become a member of the Tescue 400 Club by pledging just $5 a month to help continue our clinics, please visit: http://friendsofhstj.org/BecomeaSponsor.html

Monday, August 30, 2010

HSTJ's August 2010 Itchy Scratchy Clinics - Dog Food Drive in Effect

Because of our faithful supporters and dedicated volunteers, HSTJ has been able to increase its Street Clinics during the summer months to bring relief to the animals suffering from tick and flea infestation.

During the month of August, HSTJ conducted 5 Itchy Scratchy Clinics treating a total of 490 animals!


Through donations received, mange and parasite medication has been replenished and sustained, however our dog food supply is extremely low and we must conduct a drive to replenish our supply. Please contact michelle@friendsofhstj.org to make a donation of food.






















Here are the details of each clinic:

Date: August 7
Place: COL. Nueva Aurora
235 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
211 dogs 24 cats

Date: August 14
Place: COL. Vista Del Valle
55 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
48 dogs 7 cats

Date: August 15
Place: Mariano Matamoros/Florido
42 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
40 dogs 2 cats

DATE: August 17
Place: Colonia Buenos Aires/Florido
93 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
85 Dogs 8 Cats

Date: August 21
Place: COL. El Nino
57 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
46 dogs 11 cats

Date: August 28
Place: COL. Maclovia Rojas
101 Animals Dewormed and treated against ticks, fleas and mange.
87 dogs 14 cats

For pictures from all of the Itchy Scatchy Clinics http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157624719199820/