Friday, September 11, 2015

August 2015 Report

The Doggie Street Festival, a whopping response at the HSTJ Center, a huge increase at our monthly clinic, a new way to distribute food, what’s new on the EduCan Project, update on cockapoo hoarding case, and the heartwarming story of a basset hound that fought a courageous battle until the very end. We invite you to read this month’s report.

The 2015 Doggie Street Festival 
We begin by thanking all of you who came out to show your support at our booth. Here are some fabulous pictures that capture the energy of the moment. It was such a boisterous festival, with lots of people coming and going, and many stopping by to say hello to our furry babies. We are happy to report that HSTJ brought 17 dogs to this event, and there were so many people interested in them that volunteers spent the rest of the month doing follow-up calls and visits, aside from our usual adoption events. We are all looking forward to next year's Festival! :-)

The HSTJ Center
This month there was a tremendous increase in the HSTJ Center program. This month vets performed an outstanding 163 spay/neuter surgeries!!! In addition to this, Dr. Angel Hernandez, head vet at the Center, performed eight different procedures, ranging from biopsies, gastrointestinal disorders, to splenectomies, and even a cesarean! Thanks to support from our donors we can subsidize these services year round, and thanks to the self-sacrificing labor of these vets, low-income families and rescuers have access to these services during regular business hours –and all at low cost, or no-cost to them. In fact, we have done the math, and on average, treatments at our Center cost only 31% of what they would cost elsewhere. Now that is progress! In the future, and if donations increase, we would love to open more of these Centers throughout Tijuana.

Monthly Clinics on the Up & Up
With a Grand Total of 62 surgeries in just one day, vets and volunteers alike worked in unison to accomplish such a great feat. A total of four vets attended this month's clinic, which was held in our very own facilities on August 23rd, 2015. Never a dull moment at these Mobile Clinics! Have you ever considered volunteering? If so, please see below, and if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

***Can you help?***
We welcome volunteers to assist in this, and all of our other activities. There is always plenty to do and all help is greatly appreciated. If you are considering volunteering at a future event, contact us. Transportation into Mexico and back to the U.S. is provided by us.
And if you are a licensed veterinarian and would consider dedicating one full Sunday to perform cat/dog sterilizations in Tijuana, that would be fantastic too! 

Food Distribution program
Humane Society de Tijuana has always tried and tested new and innovative ways to approach the ordinary, and the food distribution program is no exception. In August, Board Members brainstormed new ways of getting dog/cat food donations directly to those who need it the most. They came up with various strategies. One of them was to periodically visit each rescuer and physically observe the amount of rescues that they are able to house and rehabilitate, and based on that update the distribution list systematically. This idea would mean that everyone receives exactly what they need, no more and no less, and it also means that we could potentially expand our food distribution network enormously.
Another idea on the table was to ask if those people who receive the food are available to help in any of our programmed activities, at a time most convenient to them, of course. The Board has agreed to explore these ideas other, in order to streamline the process and achieve an improved and more comprehensive distribution. These adjustments are set to begin during the months of September and October, and if successful then they may become permanent.

What’s up, EduCan?
You will be pleased to hear that our EduCan Project continues to be well received within the communities. In collaboration with DIF (Community Development for Families, a government organization), we have booked this program in eight different communities since May of this year. You can find more information on this project and how it enables us to help at-risk communities here.

From 31… only six are left 
Update on the cockapoo hoarding case, and yes, you read right. Only six are left! If you are not familiar with the full story, you can read it here. Slowly but surely these pups have found wonderful homes. Granted, it has taken longer than initially anticipated, but helping them get a second chance at life makes it all worthwhile.
Many of HSTJ’s loyal volunteers such as Xindi, Adria, and Teresa, just to name a few... have invested countless hours and driven immeasurable distances in order to do initial home visits, and follow up visits, on these pups in their new homes.

How can we truly measure success? When local adopters are not only willing, but also capable, of properly caring for their new addition. Or as one volunteer puts it, “We developed [the interviews] because we want them to ask as many questions as they like, to get all their doubts and hesitations out in the open. We can then fill in the gaps and tell them what to expect. Only then can we discover if this will really be a good match.”
As soon as they are all adopted, HSTJ will prepare a slideshow of all of them in their new homes. Few are aware of this, but there really are lots of excellent homes right here in Tijuana. Cases like this one prove it. A big thank you to all who have participated in making this possible.

Fighting a courageous battle until the very end
We finish our report by sharing a story that must be told. Alika the basset hound lived to be nine years old, and her life teaches us a valuable lesson about senior dogs. We invite you to read her story here.