What we can tell you right now is that it took many volunteers and vets working together to get all of these sweet little dogs in better shape.
Slowly but surely 12 of these dogs have been adopted by Mexican families who reside in Tijuana. Of the original 29, only 17 remain at the Dog Pound facilities. Out of the 12 that have already been adopted, two of them were completely blind, yet two different families fell in love with them and were willing to adopt them, care for them, and be patient so that they could adapt to their new homes. Out of the 17 dogs that have yet to be adopted, four are blind as well.
Their stay at the pound has been extended, but we are still working very hard to get these adopted. Friends of HSTJ has reached out to many cockapoo rescues in the U.S. and as of now have not been able to find room for any of these dogs. We are bringing them up a few at a time so that people can meet them at our Adoption Events held regularly at Petco UNLEASHED locations in the greater San Diego area (held on Sundays). For a regular calendar of these events, please follow us on Facebook.
An invitation has been broadcast to Tijuana residents looking to adopt, in the hopes that they will consider visiting these facilities and just might fall in love with one of these pooches. The invitation is open to anyone, and the adoption process is quite simple.
1) Be willing and able to adopt and care for a dog. 2) Have enough patience to allow the dog to adjust. 3) Visit the dog pound facility in Tijuana and fill out an application. 4) A home visit is scheduled in order to verify that the dog will have appropriate living quarters (The home visit is done that same day or the following day, depending on availability). 5) Then the family is ready to pick up their newest member and take him home. **The Tijuana city pound is charging an adoption fee of $278 pesos (approximately 17 U.S. dollars).
Here is an example of one of the transformations. This dog was nicknamed "Maggie" and she is approximately three years old. Such a happy and beautiful girl!