HSTJ Adoptable Pets

Wednesday, July 27, 2016



We offer an apology for an error in our July fundraiser. Confusion resulted when we had initial contact with the rescuer, and we do not wish to take credit to anything continued. We deal with many hard working individuals that rescue and rehabilitate their own animals. This was an honest mistake. The information was incomplete and it was published in error and we regret that.

Here is the link to a public statement made by HSTJ on Social Media. (Translated text is below).

“We would like to offer a sincere apology to Karu Maruno Maru, because due to a human error [resulting after initial contact], the US-based organization that supports us used a photograph of a rescue that she rehabilitated, and which we in no way wish to be awarded credit for. [We must give] honor to whom deserves honor, and she is an admirable young lady that --on her own and with very little help-- makes miracles to rehabilitate her rescues; she works with complete seriousness and that is why we are very sorry about this and we publicly extend an apology.”

Monday, July 11, 2016

June 2016 - Mobile Itchy-Scratchy Clinics

In June 2016 we’ve had 5 Mobile Itchy-Scratchy clinics. 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 the people 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 rounded 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 that. He detected a 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.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


The EduCan Project for the months of May and June 2016 took place in Colonia Tecolote. A community on the southern end of Tijuana that nearly borders Rosarito.

People at this colonia are quite accustomed to the dirt roads that wind up and down the hills, and you can see many little family homes that cling to the cliff-side. Most families here rely on the small salary they obtain by working at one of the factories in their vicinity. Although these are hard-working folk, their meager budgets can't allow them to travel into the city and pay a veterinarian for the standard cost for sterilization.

Our star husband and wife team: Enrique and Betty Avila, took on the colossal task of bringing EduCan to this community in which they themselves live as well. They began by visiting community centers and elementary schools, as well as kindergarten classrooms. The workshops covered topics such as: Benefits of sterilization and the myths commonly associated with it; Flea and Tick prevention and protecting the family from infectious diseases; Animal Care - Best Practices before and after surgery, among others.

The next step was to hold various Itchy-Scratchy Clinics in which they applied topical flea and tick repellent and administered worm medication to the animals living in the area. Enrique and his wife Betty worked side by side, treating the animals one at a time. They learned a lot from this experience and we are happy to report that many people became interested in sterilizing their animals.

Mr. Enrique Avila was able to obtain permission to use the nearby Kindergarten facility to hold a small sterilization event. The space was quite reduced, but volunteers were especially excited to know that this area would be served. Everyone made the most of the space that was available that day. Three vets worked to sterilize 22 animals, and there are plans to organize repeat clinics to fill the need at Tecolote.

Your generous donations of materials are being used with the very deserving animals of the communities we target for assistance. We cannot tell you enough just how much your support means to us and to the families and animals that we serve. In the pictures you can also see that those e-collars were put to use with many of the animals that were sterilized that day. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

To see more pictures, click here.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Pit-bulls in Peril - PART 2


We continue unraveling the story of these 54 pitbull dogs. 
As of now, here are the facts:
  • Despite the judge giving a 40-day period, no one claimed  ownership of these dogs.
  • They are ill and suffering from various ailments as a direct consequence of their previous living conditions.
  • HSTJ and other local animal rights activists have joined forces with Tijuana Animal Control and with the Municipal Direction of Health to see that these dogs are rescued from this situation, but also to create a proper protocol on how to handle cases like this in the future.

It is rumored that there are many clandestine locations like this one all around Tijuana, but no one speaks out, partly because they feel government will do nothing, and partly because they fear for their own lives.

On the morning of April 1st, 2016 a judge ordered that these dogs be temporarily held by the city for the remaining duration of the 40-day allowance. HSTJ and other activists had been making this petition repeatedly, seeking to ensure that the dogs couldn’t “mysteriously disappear”, and also to begin treating them for their ailments.

Due to formalities and tedious bureaucratic procedures, it took the entire day for the court order to materialize, but at the end of the day, around 4:00 pm. we finally got the green light to pick up those poor dogs. Admittedly, the timing was slightly unexpected, but everyone there knew it was an urgent matter. So in under an hour teams had assembled to transport the dogs individually. HSTJ President, Leticia Coto was present from beginning to end. Many of the dogs had to be sedated to facilitate transport, but mainly because it was extremely difficult to detach their chains and tight collars without making them uncomfortable.

Back at Animal Control, their personnel was assisted by several volunteers as they scrambled to accommodate such a large number of dogs as they kept arriving. It was a long day for everyone involved with this case, working well into the night. It took tremendous effort and hard work to adapt the facility to hold these 54 dogs individually (initially, since the dogs had never been taught to socialize with other dogs, they absolutely could not be near or next to another living dog).
 The organizations involved immediately reached out through social media and other contacts, seeking to find temporary foster homes to help keep these dogs safe and secure for the remainder of the allotted time. In a matter of days the applications started pouring in. The process was extremely selective and families had to be screened individually because not everyone qualified. In a matter of days 20 of these dogs found local foster homes right here in Tijuana. The rest remained at the Tijuana Animal Control facility.

On April 18th, 2016 all of these dogs began showing symptoms that baffled local vets, because blood work tests were coming up negative for specific bacteria and diseases (4DX SNAP TEST, AMONG OTHERS). It was determined that whatever was harming them was not viral, therefore not contagious. Nonetheless, all of the dogs began showing the same evolving/fluctuating symptoms at around the same time --even the ones that had been living in Foster homes. The team of vets eventually agreed on a certain way to treat them and they are finally showing signs of improvement.

This is Ms. Xindy (Cindy) Jaime, a devoted volunteer who is pouring her heart
and soul, and resources, into helping these animals. #eternallygrateful
Humane Society of Tijuana wants to extend a very special thank you to Xindy Jaime [cell. (602) 488-4305], who has been at the forefront of the gargantuan task of looking after every single one of these dogs. Detailed logs are being kept for each one of the dogs, daily recording their temperatures, treatments, progress and other important information. Volunteers come by every Sunday to help Xindy walk the dogs (on a leash) in the nearby clearings.

 Another big thank you goes out to ProVidaAnimalTJ and AbogadosAnimalistas. Two local animal welfare organizations that have worked tirelessly throughout this whole process, shoulder to shoulder with HSTJ, and continue to do so without letup. Working in cooperation, all three organizations have created a support system for Animal Control and for Municipal Direction of Health so that in the future, a situation such as this one can be handled according to an established protocol in Tijuana. There are many rumors of other illegal dog-fight related operations such as this one. And in such a big city like Tijuana where local law enforcement focus the majority of their resources on fighting murders and other similar crimes, rural areas are basically off the radar. However, we believe that dog-fights entail so much more, and influence crime at many levels. This should be tackled in a direct manner, and victories like this one will certainly make more people feel that making anonymous reports does indeed make a difference.

On May 5th, 2016 the 40-day grace period ended. The city officially took possession of them on that date. We desperately make a plea for anyone that wishes to help these dogs, to do so directly by making a One-Timedonation through our PayPal account. 
Their blood platelets are dangerously low.  
Doxycycline is expensive medication and as of now weekly blood tests, medications and some vet consults are being paid for by one or two people (purchases are made daily and out of their own pockets). 

If you would like to hold a donation drive at your place of work or among your family in direct support of these pitbulls, please do not hesitate to do so. That money will be used EXCLUSIVELY to purchase the medication that is urgently needed and to pay for the weekly blood tests for all 54 dogs.

Now that the dogs have begun treatment and are showing signs of improvement with this medication, we tackle the challenge of finding suitable adopters for each and every one of them. Happily, 17 of the 20 families that are fostering dogs have made it very clear that they desire to keep their dog permanently. That makes us all very happy.

Everyone involved with these animals is jointly promoting the dogs’ adoptions on Social Media, on Television, on the radio and in the local newspapers
This case has received international publicity, but we need more than just good wishes. 
We need help. We would like to make a monetary gift to the people that have paid out-of-pocket for all the constant blood-tests, medications, vet consults, etc. 

HSTJ VET CENTER - Dr. Angel Gonzales

HSTJ has provided support at the HSTJ Center since the very beginning, and other vets have reduced their prices as much as they possibly can. But we are talking about 54 dogs, all of which need medical attention for a wide variety of ailments. HSTJ has limited resources and also runs other programs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Therefore, we are counting on your generosity to help us continue helping these poor dogs that have already suffered enough. Yes, there is a lot of stigma surrounding this breed, and no, we do not take the responsibility lightly. But we believe that they at least deserve the opportunity to live, rather than immediately be euthanized. Whatever can be done for these dogs, should be done, and the clock is ticking.

Dr. Cesar Wilfredo

Adopters must meet the following requirements:
1. Be athletic, because these dogs have a lot of energy to burn.
2. In some cases: not have children or other pets.
3. Sign a binding agreement that they are now accountable for properly caring and training their new dog.
4. Commit to continuing the Doxycycline (250 mg) treatment until it is completed.
5. Bring the dog back for sterilization once his platelets are high again.

If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs, contact us immediately.

And if you would like to help these animals directly, please contact Xindy at: (602) 488-4305 (cell phone)