Thursday, February 28, 2013
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.
For pictures from this clinic, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632867855508/
FEBRUARY 12TH ITCHY-SCRATCHY CLINIC
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''.
For pictures from this clinic, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632864512623/
FEBRUARY 24TH SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC
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!
For pictures from this clinic, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157632866741115/
Monday, February 11, 2013
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
By Karen Pearlman6:10 p.m.Jan. 17, 2013
Pet overpopulation, abandonment and neglect are unfortunate issues that Richard Massa knows only too well.
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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