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!

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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.