Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Tijuana "Dog Pound"

When HSTJ was formed ten years ago, we found a terrible situation at the Tijuana Dog Pound. The animals were being euthanized through electrocution; captured animals were not being promoted for adoption; and animals were only held for a maximum of 72 hours before being sacrificed.

That is why FHSTJ volunteers are filled with satisfaction and pride when the Dog Pound's vehicle arrives at one of the clinics full of dogs that will be sterilized, knowing that they will receive a new opportunity at having a home.


In late February 2016 HSTJ attended an invitation from the Tijuana Municipal Animal Control [formerly the Tijuana city dog pound] to be firsthand eye-witnesses in the investigation of a report of animal hoarding. The discovery was that a couple was housing 54 dogs at their home. Almost all the dogs were in fair condition, but they were too many for such a small space and were overcrowded. Animal Control convinced them to surrender 31 dogs and keep only 23.

Out of the 31 dogs surrendered, only two had to be put down. The rest will remain in the animal control facilities until they are adopted.

HSTJ's collaboration with projects like this is not new. As is registered on previous blog entries, we have participated in sterilizing and adopting out many animals confiscated by and/or surrendered to the Tijuana Municipal Animal Control. This is provided free of cost, with the only condition that the animals not be euthanized, but instead given sufficient time to be adopted. On this occasion FHSTJ assisted with the spay and neuter of 13 of the surrendered dogs.

Then this past Sunday, Animal Control loaned one of their units to transport both owners and 14 of the dogs they will be keeping to be fixed at the HSTJ Center. Currently, the Tijuana Animal Control promotes captured animals for an opportunity at adoption, uses humane euthanasia, and prolongs their stay as much as possible to give all animals an opportunity to be adopted. They are also promoting low-cost sterilization on a small scale, and have lowered their adoption fee by almost 75%. Good work! Things are certainly starting to flow in the right direction.

On Sunday, March 6th, 2016 we held a Sterilization clinic with three vets operating, for a total of 55 animals spayed and neutered.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Update on PINGO - A Champion With a Heart of Gold

Here is an update on PINGO, this champion with a heart of gold. Here is a recent photo of him with his rescuer, Salma.

This wonderful pooch had a second chance at living life. In case you missed it, here are the details of his rescue:

PINGO was rescued in December 2015 by Salma, an individual rescuer that we support. Salma found him scavaging for food scraps among the bags of garbage outside his work place. He was new in the area, or at least that is what Salma thought. He began feeding the dog the next day and was wondering whether or not this dog would come to trust him. 
He didn't have to wait long. That day the dog felt Salma's good intentions and patiently sat outside this man's workplace. His boss said that PINGO could stay in the back until he recovered. 

Salma fed him for several days, and bathed him carefully. This is when he saw what appeared to be a small wound on his front leg. Salma cleaned and cared for the wound every day, but noticed no improvement in the wound. Also, PINGO's health continued to decline. Salma decided to bring PINGO to the HSTJ CENTER, and upon close examination, the vet could clearly see that the leg had gangrene/necrosis and had to be amputated. 

The surgery was performed on January 17th, 2016. It was a successful amputation that prevented further damage and essentially saved this dog's life. 

PINGO had enough time to recover in an enclosed area with sufficient food and water. Each day, as Salma arrived at his work place he would check up on PINGO and play with him for a while. Then every night, before heading home, he would make sure PINGO had everything he could need for the night.

PINGO has completely recovered and is a very happy dog. He is looking for a home. Please share his story and help us find him a foster home in the U.S., or even better, a forever home with a loving family. You can find his full bio/profile on our Petfinder Page.


FHSTJ are here to answer all of your questions and will remain with you throughout the entire process. With your help we can get PINGO and many other deserving rescues into temporary homes in the U.S. which in turn accelerates the adoption process. Please consider volunteering as a foster to a rescued animal from Mexico or at one of our other San Diego events