Friday, August 14, 2015

JULY 2015 - REPORT

Muscular reconstruction, tumor removals, a bustling Spay-Neuter Campaign, exciting Adoption Events, and to top it all off, a hoarding case that deeply touched the hearts of many. These are just some of the highlights from HSTJ's activities and events during July. We invite you to read this month's report.

On July 26th, the monthly Spay/Neuter Campaign was held in colonia Nueva Aurora. Their community benefited from the comprehensive EduCan Project which included workshops with kids and adults, as well as three "Itchy-Scratchy Street-Clinics", prior to the S/N campaign. 

Stats
21 FEMALE DOGS
8 MALE DOGS
4 FEMALE CATS
6 MALE CATS
TOTAL ANIMALS SPAYED OR NEUTERED: 39

NUMBER OF VETS THAT PARTICIPATED: 3







***Can you help?***
We welcome volunteers to assist in this, and all of our other activities. There is always plenty to do and all help is greatly appreciated. If you would like to volunteer at a future event, please do not hesitate to contact us. In most cases, transportation into Mexico and back to the U.S. is provided by us.
And if you are a licensed veterinarian and would consider dedicating one full Sunday to perform cat/dog sterilizations in Tijuana, that would be fantastic too!

Volunteers Coordinator:  nicole@friendsofhstj.org
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The HSTJ Center saw a tremendous increase in traffic!

The HSTJ Center is a low-cost veterinary clinic for rescuers and families with little means. All of the services offered are subsidized by us. Click on the link if you want to learn more about this facility.

HSTJ Center - Stats for July 2015
 6    MALE CATS - NEUTERED
17   FEMALE CATS - SPAYED
26   MALE DOGS - NEUTERED
34   FEMALE DOGS - SPAYED
 TOTAL: 83 cats and dogs sterilized

Other cats and dogs required special procedures or surgeries this month. Some of those were:

2  CASES OF TUMOR REMOVALS
1  CASE OF PIOMETRA
1  CASE OF GASTROENTERITIS
2  EMERGENCY CASES
1  CASE OF INTERNAL HEMORRHAGE
3  CASES OF PROPHYLAXIS (EAR)
1  CASE OF PROPHYLAXIS (NOSE)
1  CASE OF ERLICHIOSIS
1  MUSCULAR RECONSTRUCTION
1  REMOVAL OF ONE SEGMENT OF DAMAGED FEMUR
This girl was just rescued off the streets
 with a severe case of mange.
With proper care and treatment, she will
soon make a full recovery.
This kitten was found and
brought to the HSTJ Center.
Through social media, we located
another rescuer with a mom cat and
her litter. She has become a fine
 surrogate for this little one.
The attending vet at the HSTJ Center, Dr. Angel Hernandez,  also saw and treated many routine cases such as: flea/tick infestations, stomach illnesses, worms, eye infections, minor scrapes/bruises, skin infections (mange), etc. He also preformed ultrasounds for at-risk pregnant females and administered vaccinations.
...And remember, all of this is offered to rescuers and low-income families at a very low cost, and in many cases, completely free of cost. Month after month, it is evident that the HSTJ Center has certainly proven to be a wonderful resource.
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Itchy-Scratchy Clinics

WHAT ARE THEY?
These events are scheduled weekly in different locations. We target the most impoverished areas of Tijuana, where people would otherwise not be able to afford something like this. Volunteers set up a small booth along the street and invite all the neighbors to bring their cats and dogs. The trained volunteers administer flea/tick repellent, a broad-spectrum deworming medication, vitamins, their eyes and ears are cleaned, nails are clipped, in some cases minor lesions are cleaned but in other cases owners are referred to the HSTJ Center for proper examination and treatment. All of this is a free service, but we do ask those with means to consider making a small donation. Many are so grateful for these events that they happily make whatever contribution they can.
NOTE: The services offered at these clinics will vary, depending on the materials we have on hand that week
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WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THESE EVENTS?
Ultimately, making direct contact with residents is not only educational, but also the first step towards sparking their interest in sterilization. Also, this may be the first time that their animals have ever been evaluated or treated.

These clinics are rapidly becoming an integral part of our new EduCan Project.

During July the total animals treated at street clinics were 317 cats and dogs.
THE CLINICS WERE HELD IN:
Nueva Aurora
La Morita
La Gloria
Lazaro Cardenas
Camino Verde
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Adoption Events
During July we held 3 adoption events in San Diego and are happy to report that six of our wonderful rescues found their forever homes and were embraced by the warmth of their new family.

Thanks to Petco's continuous support, we happily conduct several adoption events every month. You are more than welcome to come out and meet some of our wonderful rescues that are absolutely ready for adoption. Or you can also visit our Petfinder profile, browse the pictures and learn more about our Adoption Protocol. A calendar of future events is on our Petfinder page.
Last month's dates were:
July 5th - Petco
8501 Fletcher Parkway, 
La Mesa, Ca
July 11th - Petco Unleashed
8011 University Avenue,
 La Mesa, Ca
July 26th - Petco 
10410 Friars Road, 
San Diego, Ca


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Neglected and Abused Cockapoos
In mid July many of us were taken aback by a very sad hoarding case discovered in Tijuana. HSTJ was called in to help and immediately assessed the situation firsthand, then held a meeting to organize the best way we could help. The next day we rallied up our volunteers, allocated resources, and devoted much time to getting all 29 dogs in better shape (sadly, out of the original 31, two had to be immediately euthanized due to severe pain, illness and emaciation).
It was a tremendous group effort. On this occasion we had to work in conjunction with a local non-profit group and with Tijuana Animal Control.
One month after the cockapoos were initially rescued, we can report that almost half have been adopted, and the other half remain at the Tijuana Center for Animal Control. We are working very hard to find all of them permanent homes. Follow the link to read the full story.
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TRANSLATION: Thanks to your DONATIONS of food
I was able to rescue Fifi and take him to the vet.
After being injured he lost one of his eyes,
but today he tells another story. He is healing
and we are rehabilitating him so that he will
once again trust in humans.
The Food Distribution Program
TRANSLATION:
Thanks to you, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, for
your donations to Ms. Saralegui. She can continue with
her work as an independent rescuer. She expresses her
gratitude. Here she is receiving her dog food.
Thanks to the food donations that we receive on a weekly basis, we are able to support a network of rescuers with fresh dog and cat food. Together, they have a collective daily census of over 200 rescued cats and dogs that are being rehabilitated. Here are some rescuers expressing their gratitude on our Facebook page. [CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTOS]

To learn more about how we help Individual Rescuers follow this link.










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Thank you for reading our monthly report.

To continuously provide these and many other programs year-round in Tijuana, we rely on people that want to volunteer or help in any other way. We welcome monetary donations that keep operations running, and we also welcome unopened bags of fresh dog/cat food, as well as grooming supplies, flea/tick treatment, and deworming medications.

To volunteer, please email our Volunteers Coordinator, Nicole: nicole@friendsofhstj.org
For adoption information, please contact our Adoptions Coordinator, Vicky: lolasarg@gmail.com
To donate, please visit our website friendsofhstj.org

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sharing the love - MEXICAN RED CROSS

Back in February 2015, the Mexican Red Cross asked Humane Society de Tijuana for help in assuring that they can maintain their K-9 corps of four rescue dogs in good condition. They have a special need for quality dog food. HSTJ has been fortunate to date to have received enough food donations to supply the volunteer rescuers that HSTJ supports on a regular basis and can now assist the Mexican Red Cross [Cruz Roja] K-9 corps of rescue dogs. The Mexican Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization just like HSTJ.

The Cruz Roja K-SAR program is relatively new in Tijuana but the rescue dogs, Jose Felix, Flash, Antonio and Rex have already participated in a national rescue effort-the hurricane in the state of Tabasco and three local tragedies in the neighborhoods of Florido, Esperanza, and Los Pinos. Your continued donations to Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana will assure that we can continue to support Tijuana residents that rescue street animals as well as others needing help with animal care. 


Recently, on July 4th, 2015 the Mexican Red Cross invited HSTJ to the event that celebrated the end of this year's collection drive. The event was held at the Tijuana City Hall, and among other noteworthy guests present, was the Mayor of the City of Tijuana.
We were asked to provide information about a variety of topics such as proper care for pets, the benefits of sterilization, etc. In addition to that, we were asked to hand out one ton of dog food that was donated by Purina Mexico. We promoted the HSTJ Center and handed out 200+ flyers.









COMING SOON: New Municipal Regulations for Animal Welfare in Tijuana

Since its founding back in 2006, it has always been Humane Society de Tijuana's policy to work cooperatively with the City of Tijuana through dialogue.

Having a solid reputation and ample experience in the field, HSTJ and FHSTJ were among a handful of organizations invited by the Town Councillor and other government officials to collaboratively analyze, critique and revise the new Municipal Regulations for the Humane Treatment of Domestic Animals in Tijuana.

Representatives of both our organizations studied the document and were able to pinpoint specific articles that required revision. Meetings were held periodically beginning in April 2015 and concluding in July 2015 when the final draft was approved by the majority.

The new regulations are certainly a step in the right direction for the City of Tijuana because in over 50 years nothing as specific as this document had ever been enacted. We are in expectation for the final document to be made public over the coming months.

A Certificate of Recognition for HSTJ


Recently HSTJ was invited to participate in a family health campaign that would benefit the community and commemorate the "International Day of Health". A dedicated volunteers, Theresa, quickly designed and printed some colorful flyers and was off to represent HSTJ at this event.

Throughout the day she was able to teach people about the importance of animal health and its direct correlation to the family's overall health. Some other topics discussed were: the reality on overpopulation of domestic animals, and a whole session debunking myths and answering questions about spay and neuter.


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On behalf of HSTJ, Theresa accepted this certificate of recognition from the Regional Delegation for the Mexican Institution of Social Security in Baja California (IMSS) for the support at this event.

Thank YOU for your dedication, Theresa!




Proyecto EduCán

The Project
The city of Tijuana is rapidly expanding east, and so are the animals. Although Spay/Neuter Clinics held at the HSTJ Center have been successful, there are other, more impoverished areas with a great need. Thus, we needed a new way to access appropriate facilities in these areas and set up our mobile clinics.
In May 2015 a new project was set in motion. It incorporated several of our independent programs into one step-by-step project, allowing us to concentrate our resources and efforts into one area of Tijuana at a time. Initially it was a pilot program, but it soon showed promising results.

Problem of Community Unawareness
Most Tijuana residents care deeply for their pets, yet ignore some of the most basic knowledge on animal needs, care and treatments. Although many have access to free or low cost spay/neuter in Tijuana, very few know of the benefits it provides.
Realistically, it could take years before local government establishes programs such as these at a larger scale, however, we can do something about this right now.
In our almost ten years of experience, time and again we have seen that our direct participation in specific colonias has resulted in an overall change of attitude towards animal care by the majority of its residents.
Because of the length of time it takes to hone in on just one area, we made contact with the Department of Social and Familiar Development (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, DIF) and began working with coordinators overseeing six communities in eastern Tijuana. We quickly discovered specific communities that, according to DIF, were in greatest need of this program.

Solution to the Problem
The EduCan Project was designed to achieve these main objectives:
*Engaging and educating through direct contact.
*Treating as many animals as possible at Itchy-Scratchy clinics (parasites, mange, fleas, ticks, etc.).
*Objectively assessing the need for a S/N clinic and comparing that with local interest.
*Finding new and appropriate locations to hold S/N clinics.
*Creating new and exciting opportunities for volunteers to help.


The program includes five different events:


1. Working with local schoolchildren and getting to know the area.
  • Hands-on activities are taken from the WSPA Guidebook.
  • Children take home a calendar of HSTJ activities soon to take place in their area.
  • Initial scouting for an appropriate S/N facility.
2.  Having a series of two educative workshops geared towards adults and teens.

  • First session titled: Fleas and Ticks – what you can do to fight them
  • Second session titled: Caring for your pets – myths vs. realities
  • Both include educational material from the WSPA conference that HSTJ hosted.
  • Both include a slideshow (PowerPoint presentation) that complements the workshop
  • All sessions are highly interactive and include at least one demonstration.
  • A flyer with the dates and locations of local HSTJ activities is given to each person or family that attends.

3. One or more Itchy-Scratchy clinics are held at appropriate locations within that community.
  • This is an educational and hands-on activity for local families, as they will be asked to assist.
  • A brief explanation of animal care/health can be given to any who were not able to attend the workshops; any questions will be answered.
  • Everyone who brings their pets will be asked to fill out a very short survey to help us assess their needs and what resources are already available to them locally.
  • Ideally, these I.S. clinics will all be held at a time most convenient to local residents and volunteers will be encouraged to come down and participate in this one of a kind experience. If necessary, transportation can be arranged.
  • This event will also serve to verify the conditions of the facility provided and ensure that it is actually suitable for a possible S/N clinic.
4. A Spay/Neuter clinic is scheduled and held for people who reside in the surrounding areas.
  • It is possible that not all colonias will qualify for one of these events, and that will depend on the people’s interest and cooperation, available facilities, and the overall need of that area, among other things. All factors will be considered, as this will not be an arbitrary decision.
Since May 2015 six colonias have been targeted, one at a time. According to the DIF institution, they are all categorized as “low-income communities” and are located on the outskirts of Tijuana. 

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This is the calendar of events.
Please consider volunteering. 
(To do so, contact our Project Coordinator directly).


The cluster of communities that benefit are:
1.     La Morita
2.     El Pipila
3.     Mariano Matamoros Centro
4.     Mariano Matamoros Sur
5.     Altiplano
6.     Maclovio Rojas
[See Map]

Costs
Our funds are limited, so as always, and in order to reduce the cost of operation, we have found ways to implement this project while staying inside our yearly budget.

Conclusion
In conclusion, we believe that people will continue to benefit from the knowledge they receive long after we have passed through. There is obviously a limit to what our organization can do for the people and animals of Tijuana and at times it may seem like a daunting enterprise, but it is good to remember that the greater benefits are not always visible to the naked eye.

The first presentation opens with this statement: Ignorance is our worst enemy, but knowledge is our best ally because it enables us to protect our families and our pets. We know there are many out there who try exhaustively to care for their animals as best they can, and we do our utmost to help them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Update on the Cockapoo hoarding case

Many of you are wondering what the status is on the recently rescued cockapoos. But in case you missed it, see the full story here.

What we can tell you right now is that it took many volunteers and vets working together to get all of these sweet little dogs in better shape. 

video

It was a busy couple of days, but as of now, all of them have received a veterinary evaluation, a much needed haircut, medicated baths, spay/neuter surgeries, needed medications and are ready for adoption. 

Slowly but surely 12 of these dogs have been adopted by Mexican families who reside in Tijuana. Of the original 29, only 17 remain at the Dog Pound facilities. Out of the 12 that have already been adopted, two of them were completely blind, yet two different families fell in love with them and were willing to adopt them, care for them, and be patient so that they could adapt to their new homes. Out of the 17 dogs that have yet to be adopted, four are blind as well.

 Their stay at the pound has been extended, but we are still working very hard to get these adopted. Friends of HSTJ has reached out to many cockapoo rescues in the U.S. and as of now have not been able to find room for any of these dogs. We are bringing them up a few at a time so that people can meet them at our Adoption Events held regularly at Petco UNLEASHED locations in the greater San Diego area (held on Sundays). For a regular calendar of these events, please follow us on Facebook.

An invitation has been broadcast to Tijuana residents looking to adopt, in the hopes that they will consider visiting these facilities and just might fall in love with one of these pooches. The invitation is open to anyone, and the adoption process is quite simple.

 1) Be willing and able to adopt and care for a dog. 2) Have enough patience to allow the dog to adjust. 3) Visit the dog pound facility in Tijuana and fill out an application. 4) A home visit is scheduled in order to verify that the dog will have appropriate living quarters (The home visit is done that same day or the following day, depending on availability). 5) Then the family is ready to pick up their newest member and take him home. **The Tijuana city pound is charging an adoption fee of $278 pesos (approximately 17 U.S. dollars). 
Maggie BEFORE

 Here is an example of one of the transformations. This dog was nicknamed "Maggie" and she is approximately three years old. Such a happy and beautiful girl!

If you or someone you know is looking to adopt, we ask that you please consider one of these rescued cockapoos. They deserve a second chance at life, and long for the warmth of a home and the love that only a family can give. 
If you are in the U.S. and are interested in adopting one of these dogs, please contact one of our Adoption Coordinators for more information.

Maggie AFTER
IMPORTANT: For this case in particular, we are NOT soliciting food or monetary donations of any kind, nor have we enlisted anyone to solicit donations on our behalf. What we ask is that you please consider fostering or adopting one of these pups.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

URGENT HELP NEEDED FOR RESCUED COCKAPOOS

If animals could speak, they would probably yell and yell until they made themselves heard. Instead, time and time again they must rely on us humans to be their voice. And this case was not the exception.
 Before we tell this story you should know that, unlike in the U.S., Humane Society of Tijuana (HSTJ) does not have authority of law or the advantage of having 30+ different rescues to rely on. So, basically they take on these large, sophisticated projects with extremely limited resources. A lot more could be done, but unfortunately, because of the limitations, the animals do suffer.
Our role as Friends of HSTJ is to assist HSTJ in coordinating, funding and implementing decisive actions, and this case is a perfect example of that joint effort.


THE FACTS
This story begins on July 1st, when several neighbors in the Colonia Libertad (Tijuana, Mexico) got together and made a formal complaint against someone they claimed was guilty of animal neglect and endangerment. The director of the Tijuana dog pound, Dr. Tapia, personally investigated and discovered 31 dogs in terrible conditions. They had been confined to living within a tiny space with basically no hygiene whatsoever, malnourished, some of them very sick, and the healthier males and females continuously reproducing. Their owner was an older woman who suffers from several mental disorders, is permanently handicapped and in a wheelchair. Dr. Tapia spoke with this woman’s sister and explained they had 15 days to bathe the dogs, clean their living quarters, and have them checked by a local vet –which he referred.
When he came back and saw that the dogs’ conditions were exactly the same, he informed the women that it was his obligation to make a formal complaint before the authorities (police), as recent laws dictated. The women immediately surrendered all 31 dogs and they were taken to the pound. All of the dogs were scared and near starvation. Two of them had to be put down immediately because they were in severe pain due to old injuries and other complications.
Dr. Tapia could tell that many of them were still quite adoptable and did not want to euthanize the whole group, so on Wednesday, July 15th, he contacted two private non-profit groups. One that could help in getting them all sterilized (spay/neuter), and another that could bring local Mexicans to adopt the dogs from the pound.

VISITING THE POUND
This is where HSTJ comes in. Among the local authorities, and the public in general, HSTJ has a well established reputation for consistently holding well-organized MASH-style Sterilization clinics in the poorest areas of Tijuana. We were more than willing to help, but there were other implications involved so we met with Dr. Tapia on Thursday, July 16th and raised several important questions, such as available post-op care for the female dogs, etc.
On Friday, July 17th the President of Humane Society de Tijuana, and the Project Coordinator for the sister organization in the U.S., Friends of HSTJ, went down to the pound and made a personal assessment and were able to gather some more critical information.
Among other things, we discovered the following:
  • The Tijuana dog pound is willing to put them up for 45 days beginning on Saturday, July 18th.
  • The Tijuana dog pound is willing to waive the $278 peso (19 dollar) adoption fee for these dogs [Relevant information because the average salary for one week’s work in Tijuana ranges from $600 pesos (40 dollars) to $900 pesos (60 dollars), so the adoption fee is roughly 1/2 to 1/3 of a week’s salary]
  • One or more of the females are pregnant, and at least one of them is within a few days of giving birth so we have to get her out of the pound and into a foster home ASAP.
  • One of the dogs has an injured leg and requires specific evaluation.
  • Since the dogs had been basically abandoned and had lived without human affection for such a long time, they were very nervous, scared, and would have to be re-socialized individually.
  • All of the dogs are Cockapoo and their fur has grown so long that it has become extremely matted. To make matters worse, they are all flea-infested and require special attention and extensive grooming.

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That very evening, several board members of both organizations (HSTJ and  Friends of HSTJ) held a meeting to discuss what could be done. 

DISCUSSION: WHAT WE CAN DO AND HOW WE CAN DO IT
Even for experienced veterinarians, the sterilization of female dogs is a complex surgery that can last up to an hour if there are any complications. The clock is ticking on this, so we discussed the best way to schedule all of these necessary, but unexpected surgeries.
Some other topics discussed were:
  • How many could be accommodated daily at our  HSTJ Center  –without affecting the everyday flow of pets/rescues,
  • How many surgeries could be performed at our next  MASH Spay-Neuter Clinic to be held on July 26th?
  • Whether or not we could get the vets at the dog pound to perform some of the surgeries as well,
  • How many volunteer vets we can we get to do this for free on such short notice,
  • How will the dogs be cared for after the surgeries?
  • What is going to happen to the ones that haven’t gotten adopted, once the 45 days are up?
  • What will happen to the ones that are not deemed “adoptable” due to illness, old age, inability to be socialized, etc.?
We came up with a structured plan and began its implementation the very next day.

CONCLUSION
As of July 18th, 2015 we do not have an exact count of how many are males/females, each dog’s health condition, age, etc, or how many out of the 29 left are genuinely adoptable. This information will begin to trickle in as the days go by. What we do know is that these animals deserve the chance of their lifetime –the opportunity to find their forever home. If these animals could speak they would have asked for your help a long time ago. 
We ask that you please share this case with anyone you know that can be of assistance, or with any family that is considering adoption. Perhaps a Cockapoo Rescue near you would be able to help extend that opportunity for even one of these dogs.
We should highlight that Friends of HSTJ has operated an adoption program that includes a comprehensive adoption protocol for all dogs/cats that find their permanent homes across the border. We place an average of 190 hardcore rescues from Mexico in permanent homes in the U.S. every year. You can find many of these stories on our Blog.

IMPORTANT: For this case in particular, we are NOT soliciting food or monetary donations of any kind, nor have we enlisted anyone to solicit donations on our behalf. What we ask is that you please consider fostering or adopting one of these pups. We especially need a foster for the pregnant mom. If you would like to volunteer, please do not hesitate to contact us. And if you are a licensed veterinarian and are able to dedicate one full Sunday to perform surgeries in Tijuana, please consider doing so (we provide all the materials and provide transportation).
For specific information on how to do this, please visit our website: www.friendsofhstj.org  or you can contact our Nicole at nicole@friendsofhstj.org

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RECENT UPDATE ON THIS CASE
READ HERE

Friday, July 3, 2015

June 2015 Report

June was full of activity. We held a mini* sterilization clinic inside the HSTJ Center facilities.


In addition to that, we want to extend a special thank you to Dr. Traversi from the Sunset Cliffs Animal Hospital located in the U.S.
Their assistance with seven free sterilizations of rescued animals. This is extremely valuable to us, and a huge step towards placing rescued animals in permanent homes.


 Mini Sterilization Clinic - June 2015
10 female dogs
7  male dogs
5  female cats
1 male cat
TOTAL: 23 animals, spayed/neutered

*We chose to hold a mini clinic due to a shortage of volunteer vets during the month of June. If you are a licensed veterinarian in the U.S., live in or around the San Diego area, and would consider dedicating a full Sunday to perform cat/dog sterilizations in Tijuana, please contact nicole@friendsofhstj.org.




























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HSTJ Center - June 2015
This kitty was rescued and in rehab, when the vet discovered
a severe UTI infection and obstruction.
His bladder was expressed and he is currently being treated.
10 female dogs - spayed
4  female cats - spayed
4  male dogs - neutered
2  male cats - neutered
TOTAL: 20

There were also several cases of rescued animals that received treatment at the HSTJ Center.
Some of these cases were:

-MALE CAT, UTI OBSTRUCTION REMOVAL
-MALE DOG, TUMOR REMOVAL AND CHEMO
-MALE DOG, ABDOMINAL HERNIA CORRECTED
-FEMALE DOG, TREATED FOR A BLOOD DISORDER
-MALE CAT, SEVERE SKIN INFECTION, TREATED ON REPEAT VISITS
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HSTJ Itchy-Scratchy Clinics - June 2015
The total animals treated at our street clinics during the month of June were 346 cats and dogs.
THE CLINICS WERE HELD IN:
DIF (Family Community Center) at Granjas Familiares
Colonia Rial de San Francisco
Colonia Valle Verde
Colonia El Pipila

Please consider volunteering at one of our MASH Sterilization Clinics, held once a month, usually on Sundays; or at one of our Itchy-Scratchy clinics, held weekly, usually on Saturdays.
Also, a small monetary donation goes a long way to help the suffering animals in Mexico. To help us continue with these and many other programs we run year-round in Tijuana, we rely on donations from people who wish to help. We also welcome unopened bags of fresh dog/cat food, as well as grooming supplies, flea/tick treatment, and deworming medications.
To donate, please visit our website friendsofhstj.org To volunteer, please email our Volunteers Coordinator, Nicole:  nicole@friendsofhstj.org