Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HSTJ's May 23, 2010 SN Clinic

On Sunday, May 23rd HSTJ held a sterilization clinic in Playas de Tijuana at the Universidad Iboamericana.

Welcome new volunteers Andrea, Suzanne and Tanya. This clinic ran very smoothly thanks to you! A total of 20 animals were fixed this day.

Thanks to donations received this week, we were able to bring lots of dog food down to be distributed to all of the patients.
We had one dog that was brought to the clinic to be spayed and the owner had such a tight chain around its neck, it began to chafe and cut into the dog's skin.
We removed the chain right away, shaved and cleaned the area, gave the animal a safe harness and educated the owner about the dangers and harm that chain was causing to the animal. Hopefully the owner will heed our advice and never allow that to happen again.

For all of the pictures from the May 23rd clinic, visit our flickr account at

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

HSTJ's May 15, 2010 Itchy Scratchy Clinic in Colonia Roberto Yahoaca

On saturday, May 15th, volunteer Lissette and team reached one of the more impoverished colonias in TJ, Colonia Roberto Yahoaca, a fairly new colonia with no paved roads and only a few homes in this area have electricity and running water. A very rural low resource community. A total of 78 dogs and 12 cats were treated, almost every pet in this small rural community received treatment.
There were several cases of mange, and a few special cases, one dog with a severe eye infection whom we were able to give some eye ointment to, another who had lost mobility suddenly, the family believes it was bit by a bug, another whose tail was terribly infected and portions had fallen off.

HSTJ can only priovide as much treatment as we are able, mainly helping to relieve flea, tick and mange symptoms and care for superficial wounds and infections. While educating the public about keeping cleaner conditions for their pets and proper nutrition and care in the impoverished state of this colonia, it is impossible to expect that these owners would be able to take their animals to a vet for the more of these extreme ailments.

We are looking into possibly organizing a Sterilization clinic to help curtail the continuance of stray animals in this area.

For more pictures from this clinic visit

HSTJ Visits Local Tijuana Kindergarten

Volunteers Lety and Alex visited a local Kindergarten in Tijuana to educate the children on humane treatment of animals.

Lety brought her dog Bamboo with her as Bamboo is really great with children and they could have some hands on training with him.

Lety and Alex focused on teaching the children how to touch and pet an animal gently and kindly, so as not to be bitten.
They cut images from one of the coloring book we received from the education materials donations to make puppets so that each child could speak for an animal.

Some of the adorable comments made by the children in speaking for their puppet were:
Feed me
Give me water
Do not kick me
Play with me

A really fun day for all and a great opportunity to educate these future adults that animals deserve to be treated humanely and properly fed and cared for.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rubio's Story of Rescue

Do you remember back in August of 2008, this very small kitten, Rubio was found discarded in the trash. All four of his paws were stuck to a glue type mouse trap. He was left to die, helpless and alone. One of our volunteers, Lety found him and took him immediately home. With a lot of baby oil, warm water, patience and love, Lety was able to free poor Rubio from his deadly predicament. Rubio stayed with Lety until he was about 6 months old when he found his forever home with his new mom Sandra, Sandra says:

"Rubio is loving his new home with his two new older brothers (Percival and Matilda) and his friend Roxy (pitbull mix). He also has fun with our German Shepherd, Samantha, and enjoys playing with the cats of the neighborhood. He loves to sleep most of the time, especially on my bed, hogs all the food at breakfast time, enjoys to plays with the laser pointer and hangs out all day on the cat tree. He is really used to his home now and I just wanted to thank you all for rescuing Rubio and giving him a second chance in life."

It is exactly these success stories of rescue and love that motivate each and every HSTJ volunteer to continue working for the animals of Tijuana. We are so happy for Rubio and Sandra for finding each other!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Help Napolean Walk Again!

Napoleon’s Story starts back in the end of April, 2010 when one of our wonderful volunteer veterinarians named Veronika, who lives in Tijuana, was told about a dog that had been hiding underneath the front porch of a friend’s house for 2 days and would not come out.
It was thought that he had a broken leg but they could not get a good look at him where he was hiding. Veronika decided to go over there and flush him out to see what kind of medical care he needed.

It turned out that he was a very friendly dog and must have known that she was there to help him because he let her do what she needed to, to assess the situation.

The conclusion was that he had a pretty severe spinal cord trauma from a car accident or something that hit him pretty recently because his legs were not atrophied yet.

She decided to consult another veterinarian to help her better diagnose his injury. This Dr. told her that he thought Napoleon had a good chance of recovery as they did the necessary tests to check on him further.

After some good food and some time to recover, she noticed that he was not improving and decided to work with another colleague in order to see what else she could do for this happy dog. They did another series of physical tests and realized that he doesn’t have any deep pain sensitivity in his hind area and that it most likely is a permanent injury and he would not recover his ability to walk.

To us, it was devastating, but in Napoleon’s mind, he had already recovered. He gets around just fine and he still has the ability to go potty properly. He loves walks and is super affectionate with people. His name fits him just perfectly because he is not a fan of dogs that are larger than him.

Because he is so happy and so active, we would like to give his poor hind legs a break from the tough ground by getting him a cart for better mobility. He is already a proud and happy guy, but could you imagine him if we gave him his legs back?! He could conquer the dog world!!

Please help us give Napoleon this gift - Help Napolean Walk Again! A cart to allow this costs $400, please help us raise the money to purchase a cart for Napolean. Click here to make a special donation for Napolean. Donation to Help Napolean Walk

Are you interested in fostering Napolean or Adopting him? Please contact Nicole at

Currently Napolean is being fosted in Tijuana at the home of Veronika, but we ned to get him over to this side of the border as soon as possible so that he can find his forever home and get the attention and love that he craves so much:-) Can you help him? For more information, contact

Saturday, May 8, 2010

HSTJ's May 2, 2010 Sterilization Clinic

On Sunday, May 2, 2010, we made a return visit to the home of Adela, an elementary school teacher in the Colonia Los Pinos. Adela lives modestly and uses all of her resources to rescue animals in her area. She runs a rescue group of her own and has a network of fosters who care for many of the animals to find them homes in Tijuana. HSTJ performed a clinic at Adela's home spaying and neutering 25 animals, 21 dogs and 4 cats.

To see all of the pictures from the May 2nd clinic, visit our flickr page at

Friday, May 7, 2010

Nearly 1,000 Animals Treated at the Street Clinics in April!

HSTJ volunteers reached amazing numbers during the month of April at the Itchy Scratchy Clinics, and not a better time to do so, with flea and tick season upon us.
April 10th - Colonia Salvatierra: 214 animals treated
April 17th - 2 clinics at Loma Bonita/Fundadores: 87 animals & Jardines de La Meza: 197 animals
April 18th - Colonia Salvatierra: 191 animals
April 24th - Ruben Amaya Canyon: 217 animals

That's a total of 904 animals treated for parasites, fleas and ticks! 847 dogs and 57 cats!

Please help HSTJ continue to serve these animals. Please contact or if you have any contacts able to donate flea/tick remedy, or other medicines and supplies.
In the locations of Salvatierra and Nueva Aurora volunteers brought and distributed many collars and leashes, so the animals with ropes and chains could have a rest from that pain at least for some days.

Salvtierra is one of our more popular colonias, people are always waiting for our return to this facility, the population in this area are low/medium resouces, but in average each home has 4 pets, cats and/or dogs, so our clinics are a big relief, providing support each third month so they have the chance to have pets dewormed and healthy. Volunteers also provide infomation about the spay/neuter clinic.

At all street clinics attend the dedicated volunteers Maria, Jesus, Clemente, Jess
ica and Enrique without these folks, this amazing result in only one month could not be possible.

Loma Bonita is a new location in a very low income and resources area. As in all street clinics we provide treatment against fleas, ticks, woms and mange. Also vitamins and special products when the animals condition needs it, always a nice bag of fresh dog/cat food for each animal treated.

For Pictures from all of the April Itchy Scratchy Clinics, visit our flickr page at

HSTJ's Mid-Year Report 2010

Dear Donors and Volunteers:

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about a particular and very difficult problem that we will be facing as the summer heat begins to affect the tick problem in this border area of Mexico. The San Diego/ Tijuana border area always has to contend with ticks, but the situation is very bad in Mexico due to the sanitation problems as well as the general lack of care given to pets. It is not just the problem of animals being bitten by ticks, but also the disease borne illnesses carried by those insects. In this case it was a Rickettsial disease that affected humans.

Last year, the Rickettsial cases in this area resulted in the unnecessary and cruel round-up and killing of countless street dogs, which in the end, accomplished absolutely nothing. The disease is not from the dogs but rather the ticks. However, the authorities did not listen to our cry for reason and demand for a campaign for tick and parasite control. Instead, the government reported the cases and their efforts to round-up the dogs. The mass media spread the word in a reckless and sensationalist way; failing to point out any humane programs, and instead, promoted the government's solution for round up’s and extermination. This reinforced the erroneous notion that dogs were the problem, not tick control.

All of this came about rather suddenly and HSTJ, despite trying to get as much media coverage as we could, was not able to reach sufficient numbers of the population to prevent them from abandoning their tick infested pets. HSTJ desperately tried to visit as many poor neighborhoods as possible, apply flea and tick remedies, and educate the people. However, HSTJ could only reach a small fraction of the neighborhoods affected.                 

This year, we want to be able to reach more neighborhoods to treat pets as well as street dogs, and to get the word out early that the solution is tick control and not the rounding up and killing of dogs. To do this we need your help and we need it now!

You can help by joining our Rescue 400 Club by pledging $5 a month for one year. This will allow us to increase our street clinics without having to curtail other programs e.g. spay and neuter, adoptions, and public education.


You can do it for the cost of a coffee and pastry. For only 16 cents a day, you can help save an animal from pain, fear and disease. Visit the web site

Join the Rescue 400 Club or send a special donation to bolster support for the street clinics.

To point out how responsive our donors have been in the past, I want to remind you that four years ago we were doing street clinics with two volunteers using cardboard boxes and tailgating from my SUV. We started out by treating 40 dogs a month. Now, we have six principal volunteers with a volunteer team who organize street clinics in 16 different neighborhoods using public community centers or tent facilities in private lots. Just in the month of April, 2010 we reached nearly 1,000 dogs and cats. STILL, IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO PREVENT ANOTHER ROUND-UP AND KILLING OF DOGS.
Please help us do more by saving these animals from a life of starvation, disease, pain and fear.

Thank you.

Richard Massa
President of FHSTJ
Delegado Directivo and USA Liaison, HSTJ.

For more information on volunteering or making a donation, please contact