Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Illegal Puppy Vendors in Playas" Article by Vivian Stratton

An article was recently published in a popular Tijuana publication called Vecinos, exposing the Illegal Puppy Vendors that stand on the side of the main road in Playas selling puppies that are often too young and ill. The article was written by Vivian Stratton, an American who now lives in Baja.

The article tells the truth about the problems that exist within this popular industry and should be read if you or anyone you have know has ever considered purchasing a puppy from one of the street vendors in Mexico.

The text of the article is as follows:

Illegal Puppy Vendors in Playas
Many sick, underage pups sold.
By Vivian Stratton

On any Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Playas, dozens of people stand on the edge of the little park across from Waldo's and the Church, waving puppies in the air at people driving along Avenida Ensenada. None of these puppy sellers have any kind of permit. None of the puppy sellers pay any kind of taxes on the hundreds of dollars they may collect with one days sale of their pups. Many pups are selling for $200 or more each. A puppy seller can easily make over $1,000 in just one day. Many of these pups are may look good, but often they are underage, and sick. Many purebred types are actually inbred, the results of mating a mother and a son, or brother and sister. The buyer never sees the conditions that the pups were bred in, and often the mother is kept caged up in filthy conditions, producing litter after litter until she dies. Yes, it is true that some of the pups are bred by decent people who care for their dogs, but still, many of these pups will also end up tossed in the streets. Local humane groups have found many purebreds, Cocker Spaniels, Dalmations, Pastor Aileman, roaming the streets of Playas, starving and mangy. Baja animal shelters are full of unwanted pets, and the Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada perreras pick up purebreds running in the streets everyday. Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in Baja, and respectable pet lovers should never support these street side puppy vendors.
Once the pup is sold, many vendors just take the money and run. If the pup gets sick or dies, the buyer has no way to get his money back. Every Playas veterinarian has had people bring them sick pups purchased from these "here today, gone tomorrow" vendors. Rarely is the new buyer given any kind of care instructions. Buyers have lost hundreds of dollars, often more than a family makes in a week.
Despite these many problems that puppy vendors bring to our community, the city regulations department doesn't try to stop them.
If a family wants a new puppy or an adult dog, they should contact their local Humane Society. There is a Humane Society in Playas, and they can offer advice about pet care, and where to go to get a healthy dog. Call the Humane Society of Tijuana 664-680-6020. They will be happy to answer questions and help. There are also several very good pet stores, such as the one in Commercial Mexican, that are responsible and sell healthy beautiful pets.
Don't support these puppy sellers in Playas. They have cost many a family a weeks salary, unexpected vet bills, and many a child a broken heart.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Friends of HSTJ at Earth Fair on April 20, 2008

This past Sunday, Friends of HSTJ attended Earth Fair in Balboa Park. The weather was perfect, drawing a large crowd to meander through the hundreds of informative booths spread throughout the beautiful park.

We were stationed right next to the Humane Society of San Diego's booth and we received such a positive response.

Many people were so surprised and relieved to know that we existed.

Many people felt strongly about the conditions animals endure living on the streets of Mexico and felt compelled to help in any way that they could.

We had valuable information on HSTJ's sterilization campaigns as well as our goals to increase the number of our clinics in order to make a bigger impact in the animal overpopulation of Tijuana.

A special THANKS goes out to our hard working and dedicated volunteers Vicky, Jody, Enshurah, Monique, Laurel, Lety, Lila, Richard and Alex. Without you, Earth Day would not have been the success that is was for Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

HSTJ's April 6, 2008 Sterilization Clinic in Castillo

The monthly Spay and Neuter clinic took place in Colonia Castillio, Tijuana on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Centro Comunitario on Avenida Naciones Unidas.

Prior to this clinic, two Itchy-Scratchy Street Clinics were held in areas near the Community Center in Colonia Castillo. Because of this, the turn out was large. Fifty [50] animals were seen at the clinic. Twenty seven [27] of them were new and treated for parasites, mange, ticks and fleas and the owners given extra food to ready them for next month's sterilization clinic.

Twenty three [23] were prepared for surgery. Of these, three were rejected by the lead veterinarian due to problems ranging from age to parasites.
Surgery was performed on 20 animals.

A great turn out thanks to the free advertising donated by "El Mexicano," the daily newspaper that is widely circulated in Tijuana.

8 Female dogs were spayed
3 Male dogs were neutered
7 Female cats were spayed
2 Male cats were neutered

As usual, the volunteers did an excellent job in the reception area, anesthesia and skin prep, surgery, recovery, instruments and clean up and transportation. We had three new volunteers join us this Sunday! Welcome Jessica, Sarah and Pamela! Thank you for your great work.
This area is excellent for holding both Itchy-Scratchy and Sterilization Clinics. It is also close to many poor areas of the city and makes it easy for those with limited transportation to reach the clinic.

Sterilization is the only effective way to prevent the overpopulation of animals. Along with the Spay and Neuter Program, HSTJ uses the Itchy-Scratchy Street Clinic as a public education tool as well as a clinic for the animals of the poor. Tijuana has thousands of animals living in the streets. HSTJ doesn't have a lot of resources so we must approach this problem one animal at a time. Thanks to our volunteers and donors, many animals are being saved from a life of starvation, misery, pain and fear.

If you can't volunteer, you can help by making a donation. US residents may make their donations payable to: Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana* and mail them to:

Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana
641 E. San Ysidro Blvd. #B3-431
San Ysidro, CA 92173

*Friends of HSTJ has a United States IRS 501 [c] [3] status pending and donors will be notified of the number so they may use the donation as a tax deduction.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

HSTJ Attended a Local Spring Fair in TJ

HSTJ attended a local Spring Fair in Tijuana on March 29th to inform and educate the locals about the inportance of sterilizing your pet and the impact that pet health can have on the home and community.

Here are some photos.

Now that summer is here, there are many upcoming events that we will be a part of to help spread awareneness and gain support. If you are interested in helping, please contact Michelle at

Don't forget, we will be at Earth Fair in Balboa Park on Sunday, April 20th. Please come and see us!