Thursday, February 28, 2013

HSTJ's February 2013 Clinics!

On February 1st, HSTJ was asked to visit a small but stable colonia on the eastern side of Tijuana named Loma Dorada. After a slow start, neighbors began to approach volunteers for their pets' treatment. The colonia's leader said they would be thrilled to have a Spay/Neuter Clinic held there in the future.

On this day, a total of 106 pets were treated, including 99 dogs and 7 cats.
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On February 12th, HSTJ paid a visit to the fourth section of Villas del Sol. A small community of low-cost government housing. In these small communities neighbors endeavor to spay or neuter their pets, keep them in good health and well fed. In some cases this is difficult due to economic uncertainty, yet most homes have one or two pets. Despite the challenge, families still seek to provide their pets with adequate care, taking full advantage of programs such as HSTJ's ''Itchy-Scratchy Clinics'' and the ''Spay/Neuter Clinics''.

On this day 68 pets were treated, including 59 dogs and 9 cats.

As with all ''Itchy-Scratchy Clinics'', pets received treatment for fleas, ticks, worms, mange and received a free bag of dog or cat kibble. In many cases the eyes and ears were cleaned, the nails were clipped and vitamins were provided when needed.

All were advised to make an appointment for HSTJ's next low-cost ''Spay/Neuter Clinic''.
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February 24, 2013
With support from local Tijuana rescue group P.A.T.A. (Protection of Animals in Total Abandonment) and animal rights activists E.T.D. (Animals in Total Abandonment),
HSTJ held a much needed sterilization clinic at an extremely impoverished community in Tijuana. After an extensive funding campaign, it was possible to offer a completely FREE spay/neuter clinic to this community.

We had the help of 6 veterinarians who in total sterilized 49 pets. Unfortunately time, space and resources were limited. The demand greatly exceeded HSTJ's initial assessment and many animals were not sterilized on that day.

Arrangements are being made, and we look forward to holding yet another clinic in that same area on March 24th.

A very special thanks goes out to beloved and self-sacrificing Dr. Gail who made the journey from Orange County, CA to Camino Verde, MEX all by herself, and after several hours of continuous surgery, made the long drive back (including the border wait) unaccompanied.

Thank you for all your help Dr. Gail!
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Monday, February 11, 2013

HSTJ Featutred in San Diego's Leading Newspaper!

Saving one at a time

City with 7,000 strays depends on its special Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana committed to border area animal rescue

The retired San Diego City College dean is president of the Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, a nonprofit group that has been working since 2007 to help both animals and people in the communities that border San Diego.
The group educates the public and offers spay and neutering surgeries, parasite control programs and street rescues. It also works toward the prevention of international smuggling of animals.
The group has no shelter but is armed with eight dedicated Mexican veterinarians and four American vets, nearly 80 volunteers and a mobile clinic. Massa says the Friends of HSTJ is making strides to bring important change to Mexico for the sake of animals.
“ ‘Why do you do it?’ We hear that all the time,” says Massa, an upbeat and dedicated 74-year-old and Ohio native who moved from Jamul to Playas de Tijuana to start the group seven years ago. “We cannot help all of the animals, but we can help one at a time. And that’s how we’re going to solve the problem.”
The statistics are grim: On any given day, Massa says 7,000 animals are loose on the streets of Tijuana, a city with 1.4 million people. Many of these roaming dogs and cats are starving, ill and frightened.
While Mexico’s government does not keep statistics on the country’s animal population, the Humane Society de Tijuana estimates there is an average of one companion animal for each household.
How ever many there are, Massa says it is rare that these animals are spayed or neutered. He estimates that fewer than 1 percent receive professional veterinary care.
In 2012, the group’s veterinarians performed 557 low-cost and free spay/neuter surgeries, and provided free services for 3,626 pets of the poor and street animals, treating them for parasites, infections, mange and malnutrition. Volunteers also were able to dole out 100,000 pounds of donated pet food to animals in need.
They also supported individual rescuers helping 245 animals with free food, basic medication and spay/neuter surgeries, which resulted in 157 pet adoptions in Mexico. The group was able to place 43 rescued pets in permanent homes in the San Diego area.
“By rescuing one animal, you will not change the whole world, but for that animal you have changed his whole world,” Massa said.
The group is a major participant in city, state and federal meetings to reform dog pound conditions and work on humane legislation.
“The most important thing for us right now is to bring about a change,” Massa said. “The attitude toward spay and neuter is more positive than it’s ever been.”

Mini Spay Clinic Project Well Received by Veterinarians, Rescuers and General Public

In 2012 and thanks to special support from Mrs. Olive Walker of Los Angeles, California, HSTJ was able to initiate a two year project of mini spay clinics which are offered through participating Tijuana Veterinarians at their private animal hospitals and on revolving dates. These clinics are in addition to the HSTJ monthly community center clinics which take place in various neighborhoods of the greater Tijuana area. The HSTJ Mini Clinics, like the monthly community clinics, offer low cost or free spay/neuter surgeries for the animals of individual rescuers receiving help from HSTJ as well as the general public. They have been well received by rescuers, veterinarians and the general public.
 Now, rescuers do not have to wait until the next scheduled monthly clinic to have an animal spayed and prepared for adoption. They can go to any one of the seven participating veterinarians. Those same veterinarians are encouraging the people in their neighborhoods with limited resources to spay/neuter their animals with the support of the HSTJ program.  So far the program is averaging 22 animals a month and the numbers are increasing each month. These are in addition to the current monthly community clinic spay/neuter surgeries which are averaging 45 a month.
If you wish to see this project continue and become a regular part of the HSTJ programs, please help with a donation. Remember, HSTJ offers support to rescuers in the greater Tijuana area that have a collective average daily census of 240 animals and they rely on HSTJ for spay/neuter services, food,  basic medications and grooming supplies as well as political action in support of their animals.

 With each success HSTJ has a new challenge and that challenge is to reach out to the many more animals that desperately need help.

 Will you help us save these animals from a life of starvation, disease, pain and fear?
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