Monday, November 21, 2016

Once again, your donations made possible the spay and/or neutering of dogs and cats that would otherwise be reproducing and therefore adding to the problems created by loose street animals here in Tijuana.
Refugio Lomas Del Mar, where these were done, is a home base private rescuer who is getting HSTJ support in the form of Spay and Neuter clinics. This is just one of several types of mobile clinics undertaken by HSTJ volunteers with financial support from FHSTJ. "

Friday, November 18, 2016

"Once again, your compassion as expressed through your donations has made the lives of the animals of TJ's poorest communities what they should be: 
happy and healthy.
In October, an "Itchy-Scratchy" clinic was held in Buenos Aires Norte, where 111 animals (26 cats and 85 dogs) were treated.
As you may know, Mange is also called canine or feline scabbies and can spread to other animals as well to humans, so we are extremely proud when we see these animals being brought in for treatment... thankful too, to you dear donors, for making this possible."

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October, 2016


Updated From Our Archives
March 2015

We recently received a follow-up letter regarding little "Fluffy", adopted in March of 2015. The letter (and the story) was so heartwarming for FHSTJ, we just HAD to share the update with you!
Here is a photo of Fluffy when she was first found and rescued. As you can readily see, she was in desperate need of medical attention... and a forever home.

She was rescued and fostered by Elena, while awaiting her forever home.
Here is the condensed version of the story that her adopted mom, Valarie, recently sent us. 
"You may recall I found Fluffy online within the week of having to put down my long hair Chihuahua Shaycee who had finally succumbed to kidney failure.   While I still had Cheetah, (short hair adopted male) I wanted a 2nd dog for a companion to Cheetah and was used to two dogs.

"End result? I love my girl Fluffy!  I picked her because she had the long hair wavy coat like Shaycee.   Fluffy is very different from Shaycee and probably the most “anxious and active” dog I’ve ever had.
"The kennel I have is quite large and so it easily holds two large dog beds.  Fluffy is known for dropping her “butt” in whatever location she wants to get the best view---even if that means she’s half sitting on or pushing little Cheetah to the back of the bus…he’s just 7 lbs.   But his temperament is such that he puts up with it.

"So Fluffy has managed to scoot one of the dog beds to the front door of the kennel.   The majority of time she sits with the front half of her body perched on the edge of the bed as she stands guard hanging out of the kennel keeping an eye on ME constantly.   I work from home and so am about 10 feet across the room from her and Cheetah all day.    The 'second' I utter an OK the dogs fly across the room and know they’ve been given permission to get up in the recliner with me.    Fluffy jumps up and turns around facing out but sitting next to me…………Cheetah flies to the foot landing and then to the arm of the chair.   Sometimes he’ll stay on the arm.   More often than not he’ll scoot his butt down on Fluffy’s back and go to sleep.     Now all this occurs quite often while I have moved over in the chair as much as I can so I still have room to work my laptop while they are there with me.

"I know Fluffy was raised around cats.   She faithfully grooms Cheetah at night….licks his eyes and his ears.  Must be cat taught! Cheetah likes it a lot because he seeks out the grooming by putting his head near her face.

"Fluffy is just so very loving.  She watches TV like no dog I’ve ever owned.  She barks at every animal she sees on TV.  What’s absolutely amazing to me is sometimes I will mute the TV and she will still bark at seeing animals.   Once last year I had locked both dogs in my master bedroom as I needed to make some business calls.   I left the TV on.   For 20 minutes in the background there was just tremendous barking going on.   I finally went in the room and found the station was playing a Western movie and there was a team of horses on the screen entertaining her.  

"At night when we go to bed…I can’t hardly start to pet her before she immediately goes on her back for me to rub her big flat belly.   She will finally turn over and climb up on my stomach and just look at me with such love and adoration.  When I pet her head and face and neck she makes little noises like she’s trying to express—"Mama….you are the best"!
I love this little girl and the so sweet dog she is.   She’s stolen my heart forever.  You can’t buy this kind of love.

"Maybe you could forward this to the Foster Mom who cared for Fluffy before I adopted her.   I want her to know Fluffy and Cheetah are great friends and Fluffy is much loved."

And here are the "after" photos of Fluffy now in her happy, forever home.

September, 2016


In September, 2016, we held 2 separate
 "Itchy-Scratchy" street clinics.
If you are new to our blog, you may be wondering why this is so important. Here are just a few facts:

  • Mites, ticks and/or worms can cause fever, paralysis, lameness, itching, diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms (including death) in animals (and in some cases, to the people - including the children who play with them).
  • Picture yourself living in an impoverished neighborhood that is teaming with homeless, tick/mite, worm ridden, starving animals that are also living in fear. You love animals and hate to see them suffer, but you certainly don't want to take an animal like this into your own home, even if you HAD the means to care for it! So, what CAN you do?! 
  • This is where your donations help many animals.  We inform various communities in the TJ area of upcoming street events and encourage them to bring their pets that need attention as well as street animals in their neighborhood.  Often, when street animals are treated for mange and internal parasites they improve dramatically, and even if not adopted by a family, may find shelter among a group of neighbors where at least they have food, water, shelter and are not living on the street and being chased away because of their illnesses.  The ultimate success is when we can get these animals to our spay and neuter clinics.  See the link below.

These are what we consider to be successful rescues 

(and they are done without a lot of resources, nor a shelter).
For more information, please see our website at:

In September, we treated 208 dogs & 22 cats 
(a total of 230 animals)!  
Last year, we treated a total 329 cats & 4,635 dogs,
Giving us a grand total of 4,960 animals!
Stay tuned for this year's success stories and totals

Below are some examples of our now healthy patients and their happy rescuers/owners:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Keeping Things in Balance
FHSTJ were informed of an overpopulation of feral cats roaming one of the schools in Tijuana. Turns out, one of the young students was feeding them. However, these same animals were not spayed nor neutered, so of course, they began to multiply.
The principals of the school were approached in order to educate them regarding humane population control for these cats. FHSTJ strongly advised them against killing the animals, as this would throw off the balance in nature. (Once the cats were gone, the school would be plagued with rats and other vermin—and of course this would in turn attract even more cats)  After much deliberation, they finally agreed to lend FHSTJ a place at their facility to sterilize the cats once they were trapped.

Yesterday (October 16th), FHSTJ trapped 23 cats including several kittens.  We are happy to report that each and every one are now spay/neutered (including the kittens) and that people from that same school are going to adopt some of the kittens.

FHSTJ are planning on going back next week to follow up and take care of the rest of the cats.  We’ll keep you informed.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

August 2016- Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics

In August, 2016, we held 2 Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics at Plaza Civica Salvatierra

  1. On August 8th, treated 8 cats and 167 dogs were treated, for a total of 175 animals.
  2. On August 18th, 7 cats and 112 dogs were treated, for a total of 129 animals.

This gave us a grand total of 304 animals treated for the month of August!
Our sincere thanks go out to our volunteers:
Cesar, Jesus & Yarel!
Here are some of the photos taken at these events:


"Please take care of my baby! I REALLY love him!"

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

July 2016- Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics

In July, 2016, we held 2 Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics at Plaza Civica Salvatierra.

  1. On July 7th, 31 cats and 196 dogs were treated, for a total of 227 animals.
  2. On July 21st, 12 cats and 116 dogs were treated, for a total of 128 animals.

This gave us a grand total of 355 animals treated for the month of July!
Our sincere thanks go out to our volunteers:
Cesar, Isabel, Jessica & Alejandro.

Here are some of the photos taken at these events:

FHSTJ are truly grateful for the loving support of you donors, the authorities & volunteers, without which, these events would be impossible.

Monday, July 11, 2016

June 2016 - Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics

We held 5 Mobile Itchy-Scratchy clinics in June of 2016. Three of them at Plaza Civica Salvatierra.
The dates are as follows:

1. On June 4, 2016 we treated 39 Dogs and 5 Cats, for a total of 44 animals.

2. On June 9, 2016 we treated 80 Dogs and 4 Cats, for a total of 84 animals.

3. On June 18, 2016 we were at Colonia Nueva Aurora and treated 170 Dogs and 8 Cats, for a total of 178 pets.

4. On June 19, 2016 another team was at Colonia El Tecolote and was able to treat 69 Dogs and 12 Cats, for a total of 81 animals!

5. On June 23, 2016 we were once again in Plaza Civica Salvatierra (where the local Health Fair was also taking place). We were able to treat 159 Dogs and 12 Cats, for a total of 171 animals!
One of the volunteers writes:
"It was amazing to see people who were just going to the fair for their own benefit... run back home, bring their pets, and take the time to wait for their turn. Even though it was a very hot day and we didn’t have a shade for them to rest from the sun, they waited. Some took turns waiting under the building or under a big tree that was there. We were so busy attending to the people and their animals that we couldn't take many pictures. [This program] had a lot of success there."

This gives us a total of 517 Dogs and 41 cats treated during the month of June 2016, which amounts to 558 animals that are now living a better and more comfortable life.

Officer Moreno - Helping the community... and a few dogs as well

On June 9, 2016 we met Officer Marisol Moreno Farias. She is assigned to the Delegacion San Antonio De Los Buenos Police Station where the local Health Fair took place. We set up a mobile Itchy-Scratchy clinic where we provide basic flea, tick, deworming medications, vitamins and other goodies to the animals of people that live nearby.

Officer Marisol Moreno told us that there were many street dogs in the neighborhood and asked if we could treat them. Alex Arias, the organization's Treasurer, was coordinating the Itchy Scratchy clinic that day and told her that we would absolutely give them treatment because this is a free program to benefit everyone --including those dogs without an owner.

She then started to shout out names and 3 very, very skinny little dogs came with their tail between their legs, very, very shy dogs. They saw us reaching for food and ran to us, leaping with happiness. We gave them deworming medication in their food and very carefully applied flea/tick medicine along their back. We cared for them in a subtle and kind manner while they were eating. We certainly didn’t want to startle the hungry dogs who were busy scarfing down the food. It was clear that they were very hungry, so we gave them a little more.

Officer Marisol then told us the story: Not too long ago she had rescued 2 little dogs that lived on the streets were she patrolled, because they were in very bad condition. She started taking care of them so much that at one point when they were in much better shape --she hopped in the police car with both dogs and took them home, where today they still live with her.

Since then, she cares for and feeds as many dogs and cats that she can. We are very happy to have met Officer Moreno and to know about the hard work she does --not only for the community, but also for the animals.

Gratitude for dog food - Mrs. G

At times rescuers’ circumstances prevent them from bringing any more rescued animals into their homes, so they have developed an alternative method. They visit and feed the animals daily at their current location. Veterinary attention is provided and once the animals are in better shape, they are put in a foster home where they complete their recovery and rehabilitation. Then they can be sterilized. 
The happy animal is ready to be adopted. This is the case with Merlyng, a wonderful person that regularly makes her rounds in her community.  
Ms. Merlyng G writes:
"Thanks to Friends of Humane Society for the dog food we receive. We give food and water to dogs in the street. unfortunately I cannot make more space in my house because I already have a lot. Still, thanks for helping me with my labor. [...] Thanks to you we can keep feeding street dogs. I wish I could take in more dogs, but unfortunately I still have dogs who haven’t gotten adopted yet. But I still give them (homeless dogs) water and feed them thanks to the dog food I receive from Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana.
"One example of this is Pako. He roamed the streets of Tijuana full of fleas and ticks, hungry and afraid of everyone because people used to hit him; until one day we got hold of an individual rescuer who took him in with the condition that we provided food for the dog because she didn’t want to leave her own rescues without food. Today, thanks to the food provided by FRIENDS OF HUMANE SOCIETY DE TIJUANA, Pako has been adopted and has a place to live." [end of quote]

We have known Merlyng for quite some time, and are happy to continue assisting her and many other rescuers with food donations we receive. This message of gratitude also goes out to all of you who donate, making it possible for us to extend this support to those who help it get to where it needs to go.

Special Case - Perforated Diaphragm

This little cat was rescued by a young man who brought it to the HSTJ Center for sterilization. Dr. Ernesto detected that the cat was having insufficient breathing.  The doctor revived the kitten and used an ultrasound to see what was causing this. He detected an orifice in the diaphragm where other organs had moved and obstructed the lungs. The doctor performed an emergency surgery to try to put every organ back to its place and give more space to the lungs. But sadly these had permanently adhered to the lungs…

There was nothing left to do.

Enrique and Betty - El Tecolote

 Enrique works in cooperation with Humane Society as a rescuer. He lives in El Tecolote (a colonia in the southeastern part of Tijuana) along with his wife, Betty, their two children and their 23 dogs... all rescued. In his own words, Enrique relates his experience with the EduCan project:

"My wife and I live here in El Tecolote. Throughout the years we’ve seen our neighbors' negligence as they treat their pets as "something", not someone... and something they can throw away anytime they want. My wife and I started to adopt some of the ones that roamed in the nearby streets from our house. My neighbors think that their pet is fine because it's alive --even though the animal is starving or very sick, "it is fine".

"Nearly 5 years ago I tried organizing a sterilization event right here, but we couldn’t because of personal circumstances. But this time it was different, the EDUCAN project helped us to get to our goal. Through the Angel Del Campo kindergarten and the CEPS (Social Participation School Council) and with the guarantee of HSTJ (Humane Society de Tijuana), we were able to give talks about fleas and ticks to the children in the Kindergarten and the Ramon Lopez Valverde elementary school. We even organized parent meetings and talked about deworming (Itchy Scratchy) and sterilization clinics. Despite the prevalent lack of interest and the [Mexican] Father's Day holiday being that day [June 19, 2016] we had 22 pets sterilized. I am very happy for that.

"The El Tecolote, the Granjas Lagunitas, and other colonias nearby need a major diffusion campaign and considerable preparation in order to accomplish more Spay-Neuter clinic with even greater success.
"My wife and I can only recognize that this is a titanic labor, and although we lacked experience, and things didn’t come out as planned, now we know our failures and can correct them. Now we know what to improve for future projects

"We thank HSTJ and FHSTJ for their help, as well as their valuable volunteers that come together to help the animals through the Itchy Scratchy and Spay-Neuter clinics."

Needless to say, Enrique and Betty are outstanding human beings and very valuable members of Friends of Humane Society of Tijuana. Their work is outstanding, they have all our support and we continually provide assistance with the care for their rescues.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


The EduCan Project for the months of May and June 2016 took place in Colonia Tecolote. A community on the southern end of Tijuana that nearly borders Rosarito.

People at this colonia are quite accustomed to the dirt roads that wind up and down the hills, and many little family homes that cling to the cliff-side. Most families here rely on the small salary they obtain by working at one of the factories in their vicinity. Although these are hard-working folk,  their income does not allow them to travel into the city and pay a veterinarian for the standard cost of sterilization.

Our star husband and wife team: Enrique and Betty Avila, took on the colossal task of bringing EduCan to this community where they also reside. They began by visiting community centers and elementary schools, as well as kindergarten classrooms. The workshops covered topics such as: Benefits of sterilization and the myths commonly associated with it; Flea and Tick prevention and protecting the family from infectious diseases; Animal Care - Best Practices before and after surgery, to name just a few.

The next step was to hold various Itchy-Scratchy Clinics in which they applied topical flea and tick repellent and administered worm medication to the animals living in the area. Enrique and his wife Betty worked side by side, treating the animals one at a time. They learned a lot from this experience. We are happy to report that many people became interested in sterilizing their animals.

Mr. Enrique Avila was able to obtain permission to use the nearby Kindergarten facility to hold a small sterilization event. The space was quite reduced, but volunteers were especially excited to know that this area would be served. Everyone made the most of the space that was available that day. Three vets worked to sterilize 22 animals, and there are plans to organize repeat clinics to fill the need at Tecolote.

Your generous donations of materials are being used with the very deserving animals of the communities we target for assistance. We cannot tell you enough just how much your support means to us and to the families and animals that we serve. In the pictures you can also see that those e-collars were put to use with many of the animals that were sterilized that day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

To see more pictures, click here.