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.