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.