Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Exactly two years ago, HSTJ responded to a hoarding case, a man was found to be hoarding 157 dogs in two locations of Tijuana. (a link to the article is below). As a result of mass publicity and the help of rescue groups, 80% of these animals were adopted out. However, the conditions of the animals that remained were horrible. HSTJ arrived to conduct a street clinic on these remaining animals, but as volunteers started processing the animals and treating them, we slowly realized that we could not just leave them there, we had to do something. Within an hour, we had found a property where we could temporarily house the remaining dogs, a huge undertaking for an organization of such meager resources, but the volunteers were strong, resourcful and determined. I don't thinkwe realized how much work would have to be put into this project but in the end it was well worth the blood, sweat and tears.
Read the full story here
I have decided to re-visit this story and follow up wth as many of the owners of the rescued hoarding dogs, so that their amazing stories can be shared and live on forever.
Where Are they Now, Part One - Here is Jake's heart-warming story
I don't know what I would have done without my rescue dog
About a year and a half ago, after a relationship break up, I decided I wanted to get a dog. I always wanted a Jack Russell. So, I checked the Craigslist Pets section. Amazing, miraculous timing. There, just a few ads down from the top, was my Jake. The "Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana" had rescued and saved some dogs from a horrific hoarding, some 157 dogs. I believe they rescued 30 of them, and Jake was one of them. I loved his picture, and wrote/called immediately. Jake was under the care of a Foster home. The young woman and her boyfriend brought Jake to my place, so I could meet him, and he meet me. They also wanted to make sure that he was getting a good home. I loved him immediately. I don't know if he loved me right away, but he did love the Pup-a-roni treats I had gotten for him.
I had to go to their adoption event that Saturday, in order to apply, and adopt Jake. I went, filled out the paperwork, and took my new best friend home. He had been in a horrible situation. I know he could have not been the largest, most aggressive dog at the hoarding house. I am sure he had to fight for food, water, a place to sleep, and fight for his life. He also still has, to this day, a chain mark around his right hind leg. Nice hoarders, huh? As a result of this part of his life, he is easily frightened, is very wary of people, does not like other dogs, and took about a month at my place to not look depressed. He was so depressed, that I actually thought it was not going to work out.
Well, it seems like the very next day after thinking that, Jake snapped out of it. He was prancing around, started to eat more, and have a personality. I work from home, so he is always with me. Where ever I go, he goes with me. If I go out to eat, I only go to restaurants with a pet friendly patio. He is, without a doubt, my very best friend. I thank the Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana, for saving Jake, and for placing the ad for him, at the right time for me to see it.
People always say how nice it was for me to rescue Jake. That might be true, but how I think of it, is that Jake rescued me right back.
Adopt a rescue dog!!!! They know they have it better than before, and they will love you for it. Here is the web site for Friends of Humane Soceity Tijuana. Tell Michelle WE sent you.
Brian and Jake
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thankfully she now is enjoying daily walks, park time, toys, good food, doggie treats, warm beds, and new kitty friends (that we are starting to warm up to.)
I encourage everyone who reads this to support Friends of HSTJ and get the word out via social networking of the great work they are doing. I have worked with non-profits, and I know how challenging it can be right now in this economic climate. The Rescue 400 Club is only $5 a month, and will provide much needed medical/healthcare to dogs in need. That's basically a coffee at Starbucks..once a month!
Monica Hoover, a San Diego photographer volunteered at this clinic taking some really great pictures. Thank you Monica!
Vicky Bravo and fellow volunteers brought 17 of the dogs to be fixed from the hoarding case they responded to at the Hotel Indigo a couple of months ago. HSTJ has been providing Vicky Bravo and her team with food, some medicines and of course providing free spay and nueter services to their rescues. We would like to commend Vicky Bravo and her team for a job well done.
Here is the break down of the clinic numbers:
10 cats, 4 females and 6 males
28 dogs, 11 females and 17 males
To view all of the pictures from the February 19th clinic visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157625980772051/
Please help support and continue HSTJ monthly spay and neuter clinics by pledging just $5 a month. Join the Rescue 400 club today and help end the sufferring of so many animals romaing the streets every day.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
HSTJ was contacted in September 2010 by a nun at the Eudist Servant's Convent in Tijuana about several dogs and cats they had rescued from the streets of their local neighborhood. HSTJ has been assisiting these nuns ever since providing an ample supply of, cat food, kitten food, kitty litter and ampoules of Advantage and Revolution along with other miscellaneous items. This coming weekend HSTJ will conduct a mioni Itchy Scratchy Clinic at the convent to treat their rescues and the neighboring street animals.