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.