Monday, January 11, 2016

2015 Holiday Fundraising

Dear Friends of the Humane Society de Tijuana,

WE take this opportunity to thank you for such an amazing response to our holiday fundraising efforts, and also to update you on what has happened in these past few months. So many good things are happening.

Just what is being accomplished?

We continue to finance veterinary care and the weekly cost to feed more than 150 cats and dogs that are being saved by individual rescuers at any given time, and help supplement over 150 more that were saved by smaller rescue groups that are not able to feed or care for them all. We also share all donated supplies among these rescued animals.

We have been able to continue to fund the life-saving facility that is now more familiar to many of you: the HSTJ Center, a free/low-cost veterinary clinic now located in Lomas Verdes, Tijuana.
On a side note, having to move the entire veterinary clinic out of its previous location and into a new one was costly and difficult, not to mention that it happened on very short notice and was completely unexpected, to say the least. But with good coordination and teamwork we were able to make it happen.

All of the equipment currently in use at this clinic has either been purchased or donated, and is necessary for our vets to save so many lives --sometimes performing very complicated procedures.

You may not realize it, but it takes a lot to equip and successfully run a veterinary facility in Mexico that is capable of handling such a wide variety of special cases. Of course, we are very grateful to the vets that donate their time and services at our facility, but the rent/utilities, surgical supplies and all other expenses are payed for by Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana.

  • Over 5,886 animals were treated in 2015. that averages more than 16 animals every day, which is truly amazing. 
  • During 2015 we provided mobile clinics in 37 of the poorest and most vulnerable "colonias" (communities) in Tijuana, for those that could not afford the cost of transportation to the HSTJ Center,
  • FHSTJ helped 62 cats and dogs find forever homes through our adoption programs.
  • FHSTJ educated over 400 children and adults on the humane treatment and proper care of animals. 
  • During summer months FHSTJ had an intense participation with the Municipal Department of Health in Tijuana, and treated hundreds of cats and dogs for ticks during the 2015 Rickettsia-Tick epidemic. Sadly, several people lost their lives due to Rickettsia in 2015, but we are confident that the hard work put forth by many volunteers was able to keep that number at a minimum.

Does all of this mean that our work is over?

Not at all. In fact, we're gearing up to extend our reach even further in 2016. Yes we have made progress and touched the lives of many animals, but there are still thousands more suffering on the streets and they desperately need help.

To this effect, Board Members for both organizations are so interested in expanding our reach as much as possible, that they have reanalyzed ways we can cut back in expenses so that we can provide much more support to the programs that are having the most success and an immediate impact on the animals and the families in Tijuana. Board Members are completely confident that the cost-saving initiatives we are taking, coupled with your continued support, will enable us to care for all the needs of the animals we serve.

On behalf of  Friends on HSTJ in the U.S. and HSTJ in Mexico, we would like to thank you sincerely for your generous support of this life-saving work benefiting the less fortunate animals and families that reside in this border town that is Tijuana. Here on our Blog you can always read more specific examples of what is being accomplished as a result of your generosity.


Cachito - Close Call

This is the story of a young man and his only companion.

The young man in the blue (we do not wish to use his name) now lives here in Tijuana. He came here just a few months ago seeking better work opportunities, leaving the rest of his immediate family back in the south of Mexico. Cachito, his chihuahua, had been his companion since he was just a boy, and he had no intention of leaving him behind. He now lives with a cousin and his family in the most eastern part of Tijuana, near the mountains.

On this this day, he went outside to purchase a jug of drinking water from the corner store, and Cachito hopped out the door to follow him. At that very moment the neighbor across the street was opening her front door and both her large dogs came running outside and the first thing they saw was Cachito. They attacked him, but the woman saw this and stopped it immediately. The young man had put down the jug and ran over to pick up his dog. The woman told him that she would pay for Cachito's vet care, and in just a few minutes they were at the HSTJ Center.

Dr. Angel Hernandez administered some anesthesia and sutured his wounds. Fortunately there wasn't too much damage because the owners intervened immediately. Everyone waited patiently until Cachito was out of anesthesia and his owner received the prescribed antibiotics and discharge instructions. The neighbor insisted on paying and ultimately did pay a very small fee.

Since the new Municipal Law on Animal Welfare was passed for the City of Tijuana, many more people are doing the right thing and keeping their pets enclosed on their own property. People are becoming aware of the benefits of adhering to these legal requirements, and the consequences of not doing so.

Takki - Recovering Well

This the story of Takki, a beautiful female dog that has demonstrated endurance and patience throughout this whole ordeal.

Takki was a stray like any other, rummaging for scraps and anything else she could eat for survival. Her body shows that she had at least two litters of pups at some point in her life. One tragic day she was hit by a vehicle and thrust onto the side of the road. The impact was so strong that it broke her spine in half, paralyzing her hind legs. There she was, near the side of the road with vehicles passing by just a few feet from where she lay. Squirming and trying to get up, Takki was in A lot of pain and desperately tried to get away from the passing vehicles. One woman had seen everything. It had all happened so fast. She found her way to Takki as fast as she could and picked her up very gently.

Takki was brought to the HSTJ Center in a matter of minutes. Once there, the attending veterinarian, Dr. Angel Hernandez, immediately phoned and requested the services of a mobile X-Ray to have a look at Takki's bones. Once the X-rays were taken he was able to do a complete assessment of Takki's situation. She underwent a very complex surgical procedure. Three identical cases had already been brought to Dr. Angel, and all of them have regained mobility and are able to walk on their own once again, so Takki was in very good hands. Of course, not all cases have exactly the same outcome, so those of us present that day were waiting in expectation and hoping for the best.

Takki came out of surgery just fine. She is recovering at the home of her rescuer and is eating quality food, taking her meds, getting light exercise, but most of all, getting the warm affection and love that was once unknown to her. As soon as she has recovered completely we will post a video of her walking around, as well as any pertinent adoption information.

October, November and December 2015 - Report

As many of you know, the last three months of 2015 were a bit difficult for us because we had to move the HSTJ Center to a new location in less than 30 days. Just finding an appropriate location, moving everything over and getting installed was hard enough, but also having to make several trips just to close our assorted utilities contracts for the old location, and then open up new utilities contracts for the new location was time consuming. Additionally, running a veterinary clinic in Mexico --and doing it legally-- requires applying for, and obtaining, several government permits.

It will please you to know that throughout all of this, we were able to keep the HSTJ Center running without interruption. Here are summaries of the data for those months. And please stay tuned for January's Monthly Report, which will include many stories and pictures, as is our custom.

October 2015
99 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
5 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
183 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
198 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
14 special surgical procedures

November 2015
63 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
3 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
162 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
71 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
6 special surgical procedures

December 2015
62 animals spayed or neutered (cats and dogs)
4 colonias visited with animal health/education programs
176 animals treated at mobile "Itchy-Scratchy Community Clinics"
161 animals treated at the HSTJ Center
10 special surgical procedures