Tuesday, November 22, 2011

HSTJ's October Clinics - 2011

HSTJ Conducted TEN Itchy Scratchy clinics during the month of October treating a total of 732 dogs and 34 cats! In addition to the Street clinics, our regular spay clinic was on the 30th of October, held at a public building in the Colonia Cumbres and totals as follows:

Male dogs 2
Female dogs 10
Male cats 1
Female cats 8
Total 21

Also in October, HSTJ's sponsored spays/neuters were done at several local vet offices for rescued animals being cared for by a TJ rescue group. The total is as follows:

Female dogs 14
Male dogs 5
Female Cats 6
Male Cats 1
Total 26

That brings our total spay and neuters for the month of October to 47! Our grand total of sterilizations for the calendar year of 2011 is 462 animals!!

Here are two reports from the ten street clinics. To view all of the pictures from our clinics visit:
To support our monthly clinics, please consider becoming a sponsor by pledging just $5 a month: http://friendsofhstj.org/BecomeaSponsor.html
This is the report of the Itchy-Scratchy clinic, held on October 1 on the property of a dog hoarding elderly man, nick-named Don Juanito.

We have been supporting a rescue group who has taken charge of this place. That is no easy matter, besides vaccinations, vet visits, supplying food and fresh water (there is no running water on that property), there is also the matter of spay/neutering all the dogs and arranging for the adoption process for all those who are candidates..

This is in fact a never ending story, because of the constant flow of dogs. People are still leaving animals at his doorstep. Most of them are in very bad shape or sick.

For example the night before this I.S. clinic, a pregnant dog was left outside the door of this place. At the time of the IS clinic she began to give birth. Thankfully this kind elderly man is receiving more than enough help from various groups, including HSTJ.

The October 10 I.S. clinic was held in Sub-Delegacion Lomas del Porvenir. It was a very long day. Three volunteers treated 127 dogs and 3 cats. Treatment includes: flea, tick and worm medication; ear and teeth cleaning; vitamins, nail clipping and a big bag of dog food. Thanks to all the donations, on this day we also had each pet owner choose a gift. A leash/collar, a chew toy or one article of pet clothing. They were very grateful. Thanks to all whose valuable donations make clinics like this possible.

In one special case, a seven month old chihuahua showed advanced signs of mange, and was given special care. Needless to say, a follow up visit was scheduled.

Also, 11 dogs were reffered to nearby HSTJ volunteer vets for proper diagnosis and treatment. They showed symptoms of different diseases and some appeared very sick. Just a few examples were: advanced signs of Parvo, ear infections, chronic diarrea and excessively advanced tooth decay.

Pets must be in good health before being brought to our monthly Spay/Neuter Clinics, which is why we hold the Street Clinics in the area first. There owners are educated on proper animal care and assistance is provided when necessary.

Annual Report, Letter from the President - Kick Off Fundraiser Announced!

As I reflect on the activites of the past year, I am truly surprised by what we have accomplished. It has exceeded our goals and has put the Humane Society de Tijuana on a path of becoming the leader for reform of local animal welfare regulations, including the administration of the city dog pound. With the support of Friends of HSTJ, all program goals for street clinics, community center spay/neuter clinics, and rescue support were exceeded. In addition, two new programs were initiated 1) HSTJ sponsored low cost spay/neuter services through private veterinarians and 2) Active political action with interface in the city, state and federal government.

Through the generosity and continued support of Mrs. Olive Walker from Los Angeles, CA., we were able to initiate these new programs without taking resources from our already established clinics.
"During the past fiscal year, HSTJ’s programs performed 531 low cost and free spay/neuter surgeries; provided free services for 4,685 pets of the poor and street animals, treating them for parasites, mange and malnutrition”

To give you an idea of the number of animals served, please note the following excerpt which was part of the FHSTJ 501(c ) 3 Federal Income Tax Return for the fiscal year, July 1 through June 30, 2011:

" During the past year, FHSTJ provided 85% of the financial support for the Humane Society de Tijuana's programs that performed 531 low cost and free spay/neuter surgeries; provided free services for 4,685 pets of the poor and street animals, treating them for parasites, mange and malnutrition; supported individual rescuers having a collective daily census of 240 animals with free food, basic medication and sterilization surgeries; facilitated 40 pet adoptions in Mexico; placed 11 hardcore rescues in permanent home in the San Diego area; and sponsored a Baja California statewide conference to reform dog pound conditions. This was accomplished with a corps of 50 volunteers who supplement the corps of 30 Mexican volunteers."

Most Friends receive the monthly email reports which give the details of each program and event; however, I want to remind you again that you can review these reports with photos and other data by going to the web site www.friendsofhstj.org and clicking on the blog button. Each month of each year has a report so that you can see how your donations are being used.
“The State of Baja California is now providing humane euthanasia drugs to local dog pounds in response to a federal push to eliminate electrocution.”

If you have been following the progress during the past year, you have seen that we have not only conducted animal rescues and clinics but have been very successful in bringing about some reform to the city animal welfare regulations. These new regulations set requirements for pet owners, the public in general and the city's administration of the dog pound. We presented our data and reports to the federal department of health in Mexico City. We were well received. The city of Tijuana and the State of Baja California (the “State”) were informed of various infractions and told to comply with federal regulation. HSTJ was also given contacts in the State with whom HSTJ can work to report and resolve problems related to animal welfare in the Tijuana area. The State is now providing humane drugs to local dog pounds to be used for euthanasia in response to a federal move to abandon electrocution.

“During the past fiscal year 100,000 pounds of food was distributed.”

Another large expansion of services was HSTJ's support of individual rescuers and small rescue groups. They are being supplied with pet food, basic medications and spay/neuter surgery. HSTJ is currently supporting several rescuers with a combined average daily census of 240 animals. During the past fiscal year 100,000 pounds of food was distributed. Fortunately and thanks to our faithful supporters, all of our food is donated at present. However, the cost to pick up this quantity of food, move it to Mexico and distribute it to the rescuers is costly. Gasoline and truck maintenance alone is a major expense not to mention the cost of a storage unit. HSTJ urgently needs more support for its food distribution program in order to keep up with this large food distribution program.
“we need to have a permanent treatment facility-a facility for spays/neuters and treatments for the animals of the local rescuers that we are supporting.”

We are convinced that our philosophy of operating decentralized programs in place of having a shelter is the reason for our success. Our clinics are MASH style set ups, even our surgery clinics. While it is labor intensive, it is not as costly and difficult as running a shelter in Mexico where we would be under the auspices of the very authorities that have yet to reform animal welfare on their own. It also allows us to reach more animals with our limited resource. That being said, we indeed plan to continue these decentralized programs; however, now that we are supporting so many individual rescuers, we need to have a permanent treatment facility-a facility for spays/neuters and treatments for the animals of the local rescuers that we are supporting. This will be a big outlay and we ask our donors to consider a donation to help us realize this facility. Again, we do not plan to have a shelter. We want to be able to help rescuers ready their animals for adoption. We believe that spay/neuter and medical treatment of rescued animals is the key to adoption and prevention of over population of animals. We do not want a static refuge but rather a dynamic facility that will facilitate spay/neuter, adoptions, education, and collaboration among rescuers.
“Kick off fundraiser! Get your raffle ticket to win a 2 night stay at the Coronado Marriot with dinner for two and Spa Package valued at over $800. Tickets only $25 and all proceeds will be matched! Great odds! Only 250 tickets will be sold!  For more information click here.  To buy your ticket cick here

To meet this goal, we will start with a kick-off fundraiser! Get your raffle ticket for a chance to win a two-night stay, dinner and spa package at the Coronado Marriot valued at over $800! Proceeds from all raffle sales will be matched so please consider participating. We will also be holding an annual fundraiser in 2012. All FRIENDS and the general public will be notified of the details. We hope that you can join us for another gala event to help us help the animals.

Remember, both HSTJ and FHSTJ are all volunteer organizations. No board member or officer receives any monetary or other type of compensation except for the satisfaction in knowing that you have saved an animal.

As a FRIEND of HSTJ, I want to thank you for helping us to help the animals. As I mentioned before, please take time to review our blog reports on the web site and see how you, personally, have saved animals from a life of starvation, disease, pain and fear.

Richard Massa

President, FHSTJ and Delegado Directivo, HSTJ

Friday, November 11, 2011

Kick-Off Fundraiser - Hotel Getaway Plus Dinner & Spa Package

Help HSTJ start the new year off strong by helping us get our programs fully funded for the coming year with this amazing opportunity drawing!

Buy your Raffle ticket for a chance to win a Hotel Getaway with dinner and Spa Package at the
Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa
in sunny San Diego, California!


A Two-Night Stay
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One 60 Minute Facial
One 60 Minute Swedish Massage


Proceeds from all raffle sales will be MATCHED so please consider participating.

Get your ticket(s) today by clicking HERE

Package expires and must be used before July 1, 2012.
All holidays are excluded.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HSTJ's September Clinics - 2011

HSTJ Conducted three Itchy Scratchy clinics during the month of September treating a total of 141 dogs and 6 cats! In addition to the Street clinics, our regular spay clinic was on the 25th of September, held at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Playas de Tijuana and totals as follows:

Male dogs 12
Female dogs 9
Male cats 7
Female cats 6
Total 34

Also in September, HSTJ's sponsored spays/neuters were done at the clinic of Dr. Aracely Herrera and for rescued animals being cared for by a TJ rescue group, Provid Animal. The total is as follows:
Female dogs 12
Male dogs 8
Total 20

That brings our total spay and neuters for the month of September to 54! Our grand total of sterilizations for 2011 is 415 animals!!

On September 2, 2011 we visited Colonia Nuevo Milenio, treating 56 dogs and 4 cats.

On a side note, there was a 2 month old female pup who was drawn to the smell of dog food. Appearing very emaciated, she was fed softened dog food and is now being fostered by one of HSTJ's volunteers.  She will be fixed on October 30th and will be up for adoption! 

On September 10, volunteers headed for Colonia Nuevo Milenio to hold an Itchy-Scratchy Clinic. Neighbors in this area were invited to bring their dogs and cats to receive treatment for worms, ticks, fleas and mange. Information on our next Spay/Neuter Clinic was given to all. Every pet owner received a 6lb bag of dog food.

TOTAL: 39 dogs 0 cats
The September 13 Itchy-Scratchy Clinic was held in the Colonia Rio Parte Baja. A total of 48 animals were treated. All animals that were brought to this clinic received deworming pills and were treated against ticks, fleas and mange. The owners were given a bag of dog/cat food as an incentive for bringing their pets and were invited to bring their pets to our next Spay/Neuter Clinic in October.

Dogs: 46 Cats: 2

To view all of the pictures from HSTJ's clinics visit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/collections/

Animal Welfare Legislation Passed in Mexico!

In addition to HSTJ's sterilization and street clinics, a large part of HSTJ's mission is to promote humane legislation within the government of Mexico. After working very hard to convince government officials of the need to make changes, new regulations were recently passed to protect animals in/from TJ.

Among others, these regulations prohibit the selling of animals on the streets of the city and may be punished with fines and jail who mistreats an animal.

People will be punished for:

*.- Not putting pets on a leash when walking them
*.- Not picking up feces
*.- Not providing fair treatment (food, water and other considerations)
*.- Killing animals and maul
*.-.- Selling animals illegally

The picture above is the Mayor of the City announcing the new regulations

This is a huge step in the right direction for animal wefare! Now when you vist Tijuana and you see the vendors selling puppies that are much too young and likely sick and suffering you can tell them with confidance that they will be reported and punished as what they are doing is not only cruel but illegal!

I am sure I don't need to remind you but I live by the saying

This is such a huge step and such a reward to HSTJ and other Mexican rescue organizations!

The article as published in Spanish on the Frontera website and can be viewed here: http://www.frontera.info/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Noticias/29092011/544778.aspx

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

HSTJ's August Clinics - 2011

On August 28, 2011, HSTJ held its regular monthly clinic in Playas de Tijuana at the Universidad Iboamericana, fixing a total of 23 animals! 7 cats and 16 dogs

HSTJ also held two mini sterilization clinics during the month of August fixing an additional 17 dogs!

That is a total of 40 sterilizations for the month of August which brings our total for the year to 371 animals sterilized!

To see the pictures from the SN Clinic visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157627613753474/

In addition to the three spay and neuter clinics, volunteers conducted three Itchy Scratchy Street clinics in August treating a total of 355 animals! Here are the stats:

Date: 8/6/11
Location: Colonia El Florido
Animals Treated: 98 Cats: 2 Dogs: 96

Date: 8/16/11
Location: Colonia Buenos Aires
Animals Treated: 162 Cats: 10 Dogs: 152

Date: 8/20/11
Location: Nueva Aurora
Animals Treated: 95 Cats: 1 Dogs: 94

There were many cases of mange as is common in the summer months and with animals with compromised immune systems due to improper nutrition and sanitization. Mange is a persistent contagious skin disease caused by parasitic mites. These mites imbed themselves in skin or hair follicles of these dogs. These images are very hard to look at I know, but this is a reality down in TJ. When we see these street dogs at our clinics, as shown in the picture below, we lay out food for them and if the animals are friendly and not afraid of the HSTJ volunteers, we will inject them with mange medicine called Ivermectin. If the animal is skiddish and won't come to us, we will inject the medicine into a can of wet food and hope that the animal eats it. It is amazing what proper nutrition and medicine can do for these animals. They make an incredible recovery and become once again the beautful animals they were, their outside reflecting the beauty they always carry within.

It is pretty amazing the animals we come across in Tijuana. Depending on their situation, they come to us starved, dehydrated, diseased with worms, mange and eye infections. Some of them are thrown away like trash and are close to death. We can see the desperation in their eyes and do whatever we can to help them.  If you visit our website you can read some of the amazing before and after stories we have on animals just like the one pictured above

HSTJ estimates that there are about 7000 ill, starving and frightened street animals loose on the streets of TJ on any given day. Help HSTJ rescue and get these animals healthy by making a donation today! Thank you for recognizing that Animals Have No Nationality!

To see all of the pictures from the August street clinics, visit our flickr page here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157627486634512/

Newlyweds Donate to HSTJ in Lieu of a Wedding Gift! Thank you Robbie & Jenna

Robbie and Jenna proud parents of one of HSTJ's rescues, tied the knot on August 5th at the beautiful Coronado Community Center in sunny San Diego. In lieu of getting their guests a party favor, they decided to make a donation to their two favorite charities, one of which was HSTJ!

Being the creative genius that he is, Robbie designed these amazing personalized $5 bills that each guest received to deposit into their charity of choice. Robbie and Jenna raised over $300 for HSTJ, more than enough to fund one full Itchy Scratchy clinic to treat many dogs and cats for fleas, mange and parasites. At these clinics HSTJ volunteers also educate the public about humane treatment, proper nutrition and of course the importance of sterilization.

Thank you Robbie and Jenna again, not only for rescuing your beloved Bigotes, but also for funding a clinic through your generous and creative wedding fundraiser!

If you are getting married or are having a party and would like to use this idea, let me know and I can put you in contact with Robbie to help you design your charity money! Just e-mail michelle@friendsofhstj.org

There are many ways to help the animals of Tijuana and to support HSTJ, if you would like information on volunteering, please visit our website http://www.friendsofhstj.org/VolunteerOpportunities.html

Volunteer Outreach in Santa Barbara, California!

One of the greatest ways to help HSTJ and the plight of the street dog and cat is through community outreach.

We have a volunteer who lives in Santa Barbara who is passionate about animal rescue and the importance of sterilization and believes in HSTJ's cause so much that she offered to help promote the organization by representing us at a festival all the way in Santa Barbara!

The Wags and Whiskers festival took place on August 28th, Jessica said "I think it was lots of fun and people seemed very perceptive and intrigued by HSTJ.  Since Santa Barbara is such a small town people are used to seeing the same names over and over, so it was something new.  They would look at the tent/booth and then do a double take!"


Thank you so  much Jessica from Santa Barbara for your dedication and hard work! Great contacts were made and most importantly you allowed another part of California to learn about the hard work HSTJ is doing for the countless number of street dogs and cats. We are making a difference one animal at a time!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering your time to help the animals of Tijuana, please visit our web site http://www.friendsofhstj.org/VolunteerOpportunities.html or e-mail michelle@friendsofhstj.org for more information. A little really goes a long way in helping these animals.

Thank you!

Where Are They Now? A Hoarding Case Re-Visited; Part Seven, The Story of Honey Canela

A little more than two years ago, HSTJ responded to a hoarding case, a man was found to be hoarding 157 dogs in two locations of Tijuana. (a link to the article is below). As a result of mass publicity and the help of rescue groups, 80% of these animals were adopted out. However, the conditions of the animals that remained were horrible. HSTJ arrived to conduct a street clinic on these remaining animals, but as volunteers started processing the animals and treating them, we slowly realized that we could not just leave them there, we had to do something. Within an hour, we had found a property where we could temporarily house the remaining dogs, a huge undertaking for an organization of such meager resources, but the volunteers were strong, resourceful and determined. I don't think we realized how much work would have to be put into this project but in the end it was well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

Read the full story here

I have decided to re-visit this story and follow up with as many of the owners of the rescued hoarding dogs, so that their amazing stories can be shared and live on forever.

The Story of Honey

On March 29, 2009, my boyfriend Josh and I were accompanying his mom to an adoption event put on by HSTJ in Solana Beach, San Diego. We were tagging along for opinions and support in her desire to adopt a dog that had been rescued, in which she had her eyes on for weeks. Upon arriving, we met the dog she was interested in adopting and immediately noticed another dog, named “Honey”. Her eyes were what gravitated me towards her, looking as deep as if I could see her sweet soul in them. I pointed to her and told Josh I liked her because of her sweet face. His mom encouraged us to take her home too. We had no plan in getting another dog at this time becasue of the miniature dachscund we had at home already. However, we had talked about getting a friend for our weinie “Jewels” since she was getting older and seemed to just sleep a lot. We took Honey for a walk and before we turned around to head back to the location, we sat on a bench and talked about our options and how we could bring her home. This is when the tears came as I told Josh that even if we are not ready for another dog, I think it would hurt worse if we left without her. We both agreed we couldn’t leave without her and on the spot we decided to make her a new member of our family.

We didn’t know much about Honey when we adopted her, but knew right away that we had to be very careful with her because she seemed so fragile and scarred. When we brought her home, Josh waited outside while I brought Jewels out so they could meet on non-territorial grounds. They were both very curious and once we felt like Jewels let her guard down, we took them both inside and started making accommodations. We decided to change her name, marking a new beginning of her life. We named her “Canela”, which means cinnamon in Spanish, to represent her beautiful coloring. She took to the name very well as Josh and I thought she would. With Canelas’ gentle demeanor and Jewels’ lovable personality, they quickly became companions. Jewels and Canela have never had the rough and tumble play relationship, but more of a true friendship as they snuggle with each other, lick each other clean, and do most things in sequence. They are very in tune with each other as Josh and I joke that we have two wiener dogs because Canela acts and demonstrates the same habits that Jewels does.

As far as Josh and me, getting to know Canela took true commitment and dedication as every bit of progress made with her was a gold metal accomplishment. In the beginning, we could not go up to Canela and pet her without her peeing herself. She would run outside if there was a loud noise, if the TV was too high, or if music was playing. If we were walking her she would stop, sit, and refuse to move if there were other dogs barking or loud disturbances. We knew we had to be very patient with Canela as we tried our best to use consistent positive encouragement and praise. After some time we noticed she started to warm up to me a little more and would rarely give Josh a chance to prove himself. She would come to me and lay with me, but the slightest move of Josh sprung her right out of her comfort zone. Josh grew frustrated because he felt like he was making no progress with her and this broke his heart. If he did make progress, it would disappear the next day like someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, starting each day with a clean slate. After a years’ time of continuous efforts, Canela and Josh became great companions and new accomplishments were occurring every day.

Once Canela felt solid about her relationship with Josh and me, she became more comfortable around other people, which is really heart-warming to watch. We don’t know what happened to Canela before she was rescued, but anyone who had become part of her life knows it had to have been pretty traumatic for her. This made her progress even more remarkable. As she has really warmed up to us we have learned a lot about Canela. She is incredibly smart and loyal. She listens intently and understands discipline and praise without even having to change the tone in your voice. We can take her places where she’s free to not be on a leash and she stays with us without having to call her every 25 feet. Because of her desire to please us, she was very easy to potty train and has learned how to sit, lie down, and shake. She loves to run and play in water. We took her and Jewels to dog beach last weekend for the first time and they loved every minute of it. Nothing can keep her away from water whether it’s sitting in shallow puddles, jumping into someone’s kiddy pool, or swimming in streams on hikes.

Anyone who has met Canela had described her as “sweet” and that is purely what she is. I believe there was always something in us since the day we first saw her that sparked a connection, instilling a great sense of compassion and empathy for this dog. She is truly a blessing to us and Jewels and I’m sure we are to her as well. We like to give thanks to everyone at HSTJ for your rescue efforts for not only Canela, but for all the animals rescued. We’d also like to thank Josh’s mom Joline, for influencing our decision to give Canela a new home.

Nicole and Josh

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Story of Bianca, one of 23 Dogs Saved from the Hotel of Terror

Written by a dedicated volunteer with HSTJ, below is her account of a hoarding situation which Bianca and 22 other dogs came from. Bianca is currently up for adoption with HSTJ.

Read Bianca's story here:

In the summer of 2010 I decided to go to Tijuana and to be a volunteer with an animal protection group. The president of this group was an old man who seemed like a very good person and I started attending his meetings, at this point I did not visit the shelter yet, I had only a few hours to volunteer because I lived in San Diego, so I only went to the group meetings once a week, but at a certain point I wanted to visit the “shelter” as well as other volunteers and we were very suspicious when the president of this group was giving us all kinds of excuses to be able to avoid our visit to the shelter, then we decided to force the situation and we went to his home and pressured him to take us there.

There are no words to describe the situation of the furry angels in this place, it was the most horrible place I had ever seen in my life, all of us were shocked, confused, angry and sickened.

The place was divided in different areas, the front area was designated for the newcomers, and the second area was designated for the doggies who were there for a longer period of time, and so on…I was not brave enough to get to the last area of the property, I was very upset but I was also about to pass out due to the smell and suffering in that horrible place, but the other brave volunteers went all the way, and could not believe the conditions of the furry angels in the last cages.

The horrible man who proclaimed himself to be an animal protector was an evil man, who enjoyed torturing and killing animals in a horrible way, and all the donations and monetary help was used for his personal benefit.

We suddenly realized that we were in front of a criminal and we did not have the legal right to help these furry angels and get them out of there.

The man was extremely upset because we were questioning him, and we were going nowhere fighting him so we decided to pretend that everything was all right and that we believed all his lies. That day we stayed in this horrible place until dark trying to comfort, feed and give them a little help.

After knowing the shocking truth we decided to keep attending his meetings telling him that we were willing to help him and to get him donations, it was very hard to be in front of this criminal pretending that everything was well.

Thank God we asked for help to Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana and they helped us to organize the rescue plan, we convinced the sick man that we needed to go back to the “shelter” because we were going to make a list of the needs of the shelter as well as verify the number of doggies that needed to be spay/neutered. We had many sleepless nights and nightmares, just knowing that as many as 80 something animals were trap in hell, this was making us so sick, we were calling each other crying, sharing our emotions and frustration, but we knew we were making a plan to rescue them, this was the only way we could have some peace in those dark days.

Bianca was one of the doggies in this horrible situation, she had mange all over her body, she was completely under nourished and only God knows for how long she was suffering the abuse, we promised Bianca and all these angels we were coming back for them, I remember many of them looking at us and making a connection of love and hope, in those sad days we could not think of anything else but them.

After many attempts we got the green light to get into this horrible place again, but this time we had the support of Friends of HSTJ and we had with us a reporter from the most important newspaper of Tijuana, the reporter was pretending that he was another volunteer, we also had a very small camera to record the place.

We made a deal with the man to get a few doggies out of there because we explain to him that we were going to provide care for them, he believed that we were going to bring donations and his ambition helped us that day October 31, 2010.

We arrived early in the morning and the man let us alone for a while but he left 2 men and a woman keeping an eye on us, we started running inside of the place and we kept bringing doggies out of there without his permission, we could only get the ones that were placed in the first three sections of the property, in total 23 little ones were rescued that day, it was the saddest thing of our lives to leave behind many of them, but thank God we had the reporter with us and the video, right next day the whole story was in the news and the newspaper, many people were upset and they were pressuring the government to close down this place, and finally the place was closed and another group took more than 20 doggies and the rest unfortunately were euthanized, their condition was so severe that nothing could be done for them.

When the man saw the news and he realized that he was lied to, the crazy man was even crazier and he started to attack back, we had no idea that he was very well connected to government officials, bad and corrupt people just like him, he had all their support and at this point they knew our names our telephone numbers and our location, so the war with them started and we had to hide our little ones in the middle of nowhere, the little angels were as afraid as we were, but looking at their eyes gave us the strength to continue the difficult road ahead.

After many months of hard work, tears and frustration, many headaches and lessons our little ones started magically changing, most of them started smiling and showing their real personalities and wonderful hearts, it was awesome to witness this miracle.

There is no way we had made it this far without the help of Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, this wonderful group is a true blessing for all of us, they support in every way little groups like ours, it is so wonderful to work hand by hand with them and see the miracles we witness so often, like Friends of HSTJ says “Animals have no nationality” and Mexicans and Americans are working together to make the difference in the lives of these innocent and wonderful creatures.

To support HSTJ's programs of rescue, education and sterilization, and to help dogs just like Bianca, please pledge just $5 a month by joining our Rescue 400 Club

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Where Are They Now? A Hoarding Case Re-Visited; Part Six, The Story of Sweet Sami

A little more than two years ago, HSTJ responded to a hoarding case, a man was found to be hoarding 157 dogs in two locations of Tijuana. (a link to the article is below). As a result of mass publicity and the help of rescue groups, 80% of these animals were adopted out. However, the conditions of the animals that remained were horrible. HSTJ arrived to conduct a street clinic on these remaining animals, but as volunteers started processing the animals and treating them, we slowly realized that we could not just leave them there, we had to do something. Within an hour, we had found a property where we could temporarily house the remaining dogs, a huge undertaking for an organization of such meager resources, but the volunteers were strong, resourceful and determined. I don't think we realized how much work would have to be put into this project but in the end it was well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

Read the full story here: http://friendsofhumanesocietydetijuana.blogspot.com/2009/02/hstj-responds-to-needs-of-animals-of.html

I have decided to re-visit this story and follow up with as many of the owners of the rescued hoarding dogs, so that their amazing stories can be shared and live on forever.

The Story of Sweet Sami

My sweet little Sami (formally known as Lola) was one of the many little angels rescued from a hoarding case in Tijuana a little over two years ago now. I ended up being the lucky one to adopt her with the thanks of my co-worker Joline, (who happened to be last months “Where are they now” feature story) who introduced me to this organization.

It started like this, Joline was going to the Solana Beach adoption event at Muttropolis put on by the Friends of the Humane Society de TJ to see about adopting a dog she had her eye on for quite some time. I was not actively looking for a four legged companion but I thought I would support her and it sounded like fun so I went with my 3 children. Little did I know how much that event would change my life and family size.

When we first arrived we saw Joline, her first dog Frigga and her son and girlfriend (they ended up adopting a dog at this event too). Joline had Frigga and Gypsy trying to see if they were a good match together, which they were and are now one big happy family.

After saying hello, I walked over to where the other dogs and cats were which were looking for a home. That is where I saw the most adorable, sweet faced, Beagle mix that just looked like she needed a hug. I asked about her and they told me her name was Lola. I was hooked after that, and so were the kids. We sat with her and pet her and tried to get her to relax a little. You can tell that she was very timid and hesitant about people and the crowd. It seemed that everyone who saw her just instantly fell in love with her but no one was adopting her. Well since I was not “actively looking” to get a dog I ended up dragging my begging and pleading kids away after a while and telling them that a dog is a big decision and I had to talk to Daddy about it so we could not get one today. Although on the inside it was killing me to walk away from “Lola”, but I told myself if it was meant to be then I will end up with her.

Well, it was meant to be and only a few days after that event, Lola who is now named Sami became apart of our family. At first it was hard to train her because she was so scared and timid of everything but today it is like looking at a whole different pooch. Sami has a best friend named Mandy (my moms’ dog) and we call them the Trouble Twosome when they are together. They love to play around with each other like they are sisters who have grown up all their lives together. It is a wonderful site to see and I feel blessed to have Sami in my life.

It goes to show you that even if you are not looking for a new addition to your family, you should still go out and support the efforts of wonderful programs like the FHSTJ. You never know, it just might change your life forever! Thanks to all of the wonderful helpers and volunteers of the Friends of the Humane Society de Tijuana. Without you, I would not have had the pleasure of little Sami in my life!

Take care- Jenn 

HSTJ's July 31, 2011 Spay & Neuter Clinic

HSTJ’s July 31, 2011 Spay/Neuter Clinic held in the Downtown TJ area was a success!! Thank you for all the much needed pee-pads. Also, a HUGE thank you to the Vets, volunteers, and all others whose support helped make this clinic possible. There was a great response from the people in the community, who brought cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes.

Here are the STATS:
•A TOTAL of 40 animals were seen* with 36 spayed/neutered
•10 cats (5 females, 5 males)
•26 dogs (20 females, 6 males)

* 2 female dogs were referred to an HSTJ-supporting Vet’s office, to be sterilized the following week. One female dog was seen for eye surgery by Dr. Gayle, and was not to be spayed, and one female cat wasn’t spayed because her pregnancy was too advanced.

Besides sterilizing these animals, the vets at this clinic also took care of several “special” cases. For example, one black dog had been bitten by another dog some time ago. He had wounds on his front and hind legs, on his face and along his back as well. The wounds were visibly infected and required further treatment in order to heal properly.

As you may gather from the pictures, several female dogs were pregnant, without the owners’ knowledge. Special post-op care was given. Their families were advised to keep a close watch on other un-sterilized family pets, in order to avoid the same incident.

On a curious note, all morning we could observe a medium-size brown dog who seemed much attached to his owner, a young boy, possibly in his teens. Once out of surgery, the dog was transported into the recovery area, and upon awaking, was so startled when he didn’t see his owner. He began to panic, so we had to bring in his owner, which immediately calmed the dog down. He patiently sat by his dog until he was discharged.

As always, cats and dogs in the recovery area receive complimentary treatments in the caring hands of HSTJ volunteers. These include everything from teeth cleaning, nail clipping, ear-mite treatment, ear cleaning, worm treatment, and very importantly: FLEA AND TICK TREATMENT.

In one picture, you may appreciate the dedication of our volunteers who slowly remove each and every tick from every nook and cranny on the animals’ body. Although time consuming, this gives the animals much needed relief from those blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. Pet owners also receive prescribed antibiotics, vitamins, bags of pet food and all the instructions needed for follow-up care.

Thank you for your wonderful support, without which this would not be possibe! To see all of the pictures from the July 31st clinic, please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157627278759553/

To Join HSTJ Rescue 400 Club by donating just $5 a month to help continue the spay and nueter and street clinics visit: http://friendsofhstj.org/BecomeaSponsor.html

Monday, July 11, 2011

Princess Leia's Amazing Story of Rescue

Written by one of our volunteer vets, this amazing story of rescue occurred at the end of last year and we could not wait to share it with our readers.

As we traveled down into Tijuana a few Sundays ago, I knew I had another long day in front of me. We were coming to see Sr. Juanito, a very humble man near the age of 90 years old who rescues street dogs and attempts to help them with his meager resources. I expected the dogs I saw with mange, with parasites, and with various infections. What I did not expect was Leia.

Leia was an approximately 1-2 year old female dog. There is no specific breed I can attach to her other than “Mexican street mutt,” but she was about 30 pounds with black and tan markings. She had been lying in a dirty shed for 4 days after being hit by a car. Several of the volunteers with Sr. Juanito reported she had not eaten during that time, and she was extremely dehydrated. Her left hip was dislocated, and she couldn’t walk.
Initially, I couldn’t find an obvious reason for her recumbency. She had intact spinal reflexes, although they seemed dulled, so I wondered whether her spinal cord in her neck had been injured during her accident. However, what was more concerning was the pus I observed coming from her vulva.

Usually this heralds a uterine infection, referred to as a pyometra. Pyometras are life-threatening if not fixed right away, and so I knew we had to do something right then if we were going to save this dog. We transported her to Dr. Veronika, who is one of our best surgeons, and we got her on intravenous fluids right away. As I observed Leia in the light, I began to realize she had pinpoint pupils and eyes that weren’t looking the same direction as each other (referred to as ‘strabismus’), and I began to piece together that she likely had a head injury.

Leia went to surgery, and strangely there was no evidence for a pyometra internally, although I suspect if we had not spayed her she would have developed one. Dr. Veronika also did a gastrotomy (entered the stomach) after feeling some hard objects inside. Thinking they were rocks, she removed them, only to be surprised to find potatoes.

By this point I was really kicking myself. Not only was it not ideal for this dehydrated, brain injured dog to be undergoing surgery, but having a gastrotomy can be a difficult recovery, and she already didn’t have a lot going for her. We were working in third world conditions with questionable sterility and anesthetics that weren’t the best for a brain-injured patient. I hadn’t come to Tijuana prepared to do surgery that day; I only thought I’d be surveying the situation at Juanito’s to figure out a plan to help.

After Leia’s surgery, we convened to discuss what we would do with her for recovery. I knew she needed to be maintained on IV fluids, but I had absolutely nowhere at my house to put her, and since I am not a veterinary practice owner, I had no clinic where I could put her either.

Nicole, who already has many rescue dogs of her own, finally relented and decided she would keep her in her garage. Bear in mind that Nicole is not a vet. She is not even a vet tech. She is an accountant, and we were asking her to nurse a dog and maintain her on IV fluids following a very serious surgery in less-than-ideal conditions.

The doctor in my brain kept telling me this dog should be euthanized. She couldn’t even walk, and we’d put her through abdominal surgery. I was having a difficult time imagining Nicole managing all the work it would take to help her recover, if she was going to recover. However, there was a small, quiet voice (i.e. the one I’m learning over the years to listen to) that told me I needed to give her a chance.

On our way back into San Diego, we stopped in Chula Vista, and I rummaged through our storage locker for supplies. I found several donated medications we would need and plenty of IV fluid bags to carry us through the next few days.

The one thing I did not take into consideration was Bill, Nicole’s boyfriend. You see, Bill is not working right now, so he has plenty of time to care for Leia. He is recovering himself, as he was just treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

I remember when Nicole first told me about his diagnosis. I was terrified for both of them as ALL carries a rather poor prognosis in adults. But, incredibly, Bill has fought – he has fought through chemotherapy, through having his bone marrow irradiated and killed off entirely, through receiving a bone marrow transplant and being maintained on immunosuppressants. Thus far, Bill has beaten all the odds. He made the decision that he wanted to live, and so he has.

As he watched Leia struggle over the subsequent days, he recognized the look in her eyes. It was very familiar to him.

“I can see the fight in her eyes. She doesn’t want to give up; she’s not ready to go. I hold her every night and try to give her the same energy that pulled me through.”

With the help of her medications, Leia had regained her appetite by late Monday evening, and with Bill’s help she was unsteadily walking by Wednesday night. On Thursday, we went to see a neurologist, who confirmed for us that Leia was suffering from a brain injury, but because of the progress she had already made due to Nicole and Bill’s efforts, he felt her prognosis was reasonably good for return to function. Now the only hurdle we had to face was her dislocated hip. The rest would just require time.

Radiographs confirmed for us that Leia had a dorsocranial luxation of her hip. That Friday, we went ahead and replaced her hip without surgery with the help of Dr. John Ashbaugh at Snug Pet Resort. There is only an approximately 50/50 chance this will work, but Leia has now been out of her sling for a few days, and her hip has remained in place. Her neurologic function continues to improve, and she is doing extremely well.

That Thursday, as Bill was helping me get Leia ready for her X-rays, he commented to me how he was going to have a very hard time giving her up once she was better. I looked into his eyes, and I knew.

“Bill, I think she is your dog. There is no reason why you have to give her up.”

Nicole and I had a discussion in the car ride back from Mexico on Sunday whether everything happens for a reason. I told her I’d seen so much suffering and unfair heartache in my profession that I have a difficult time subscribing to such a notion at times.

“There is always a reason. Maybe she’s here to teach you something,” said Nicole.

“No, if she’s going to teach anyone something, it’s going to be you since you’re taking her,” I said to her cheekily.

We were both wrong. She isn’t here to teach anyone anything; she is here to give Bill encouragement. As he watches her improve even over a matter of days, he sees his own struggle. Both of these souls have been engaged in a fight for their lives, and against all odds, they are both winning. They are two peas in a pod.

Perhaps everything does happen for a reason. In this case, I can only say it is very, very obvious what that reason was. These animals mirror back to us our own struggles, our own insecurities, and most of all, our own love. They remind us of what we strive to be, as well as what we are.

Leia is not out of the woods yet; her story is not over. However, she is a shining beacon of hope that tells us that even a little bit of effort and a lot of heart can carry us through even the most trying times in our lives. As I’ve watched her and Bill together, I have been truly touched by the meaning of the bond that has grown between them in just a few weeks’ time. It is incredible to witness, and I wish I could share it with everyone around me. Everyone should be so lucky as to experience such a friendship, and it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

Update as of 4/25/2011: Leia is doing great! She is walking, playing, and living a great life now with her other rescue siblings. Her only known lasting affects of her injuries is that she has limited vision, but she gets around perfectly and has no problem playing with the other dogs. She likes consistency and she loves her special sofa where she can go to feel safe and secure whenever she gets frightened by anything. Leia loves to watch (listen to) sports with her daddy (Bill) in his man cave. She is also very skittish around cars which is totally understandable after what she has been through She is a wonderful gentile soul that loves all that life and her future has to offer..

Where Are They Now? A Hoarding Case Re-Visited; Part Five. The Story of Lady, one of 3 puppies

A little more than two years ago, HSTJ responded to a hoarding case, a man was found to be hoarding 157 dogs in two locations of Tijuana. (a link to the article is below). As a result of mass publicity and the help of rescue groups, 80% of these animals were adopted out. However, the conditions of the animals that remained were horrible. HSTJ arrived to conduct a street clinic on these remaining animals, but as volunteers started processing the animals and treating them, we slowly realized that we could not just leave them there, we had to do something. Within an hour, we had found a property where we could temporarily house the remaining dogs, a huge undertaking for an organization of such meager resources, but the volunteers were strong, resourceful and determined. I don't think we realized how much work would have to be put into this project but in the end it was well worth the blood, sweat and tears.

Read the full story here: http://friendsofhumanesocietydetijuana.blogspot.com/2009/02/hstj-responds-to-needs-of-animals-of.html

I have decided to re-visit this story and follow up with as many of the owners of the rescued hoarding dogs, so that their amazing stories can be shared and live on forever.

The Story of Lady, one of the three puppies rescued from the hoarding case

We weren’t really looking for a dog when we came across Lady. My fiancĂ© Josh was finishing law school and had the Bar exam to study for in the summer. If anything, a new puppy was the last thing on our minds. But then we saw her nestled in a crate with another puppy at the Whole Foods adoption event. It was love at first site.

Luckily, we had my dog Calliope with us so she was able to meet Lady right from the get go. Lady seemed to look up to her right away, following her around the event and taking a few cues from her when she was afraid of a noise or another dog. We took Lady home that day.

A few weeks after we adopted Lady, we took her to the vet for a check-up and some vaccines. Through routine testing, we found out that she had giardia, a parasite that she likely picked up from the water in Tijuana or from another dog in the hoarding situation. She also had a lump on the inside of one of her back legs. The vet said it looked like she may have broken her leg when she was a tiny puppy and now had a bone callous since the leg wasn’t treated. Rest assured, though Lady has made a full recovery and her bone callous doesn’t bother her in the least. She runs and jumps with no problems at all. She is a resilient little thing with a big heart and energetic disposition.

Lady fills our lives with excitement and joy every day. She is a little over two years old now, but she still looks at the world through her puppy eyes. Just yesterday she followed a caterpillar across the patio in the backyard, trying really hard to figure out what that weird thing was! She and Calliope get along great and spend a lot of time wrestling, chasing birds, and hanging around the backyard. Another one of her favorite things to do is to burrow under the blankets and snuggle with us at night. Lady isn’t a small dog, so she takes up quite a bit of space, but she looks so comfortable. It is hard to kick her out even if that means we don’t get as much sleep!

We are so lucky to have Lady. She is a testimony to how special rescue dogs are. She has so much love and joy to share and does so unabashedly every day. Please do what you can to help dogs like Lady. I can’t imagine a world without companion animals like her in it.

HSTJ's June Street Clinics - Volunteers Are Hard At Work

During the month of June, volunteers were hard at work conducting Itchy-Scratchy Clinics treating a total of 570 cats and dogs!!

Here are the stats:

Colonia Nuevo Milenio
DATE 4 /JUNE/2011

Colonia Buenos Aires
DATE 7 /JUNE/2011

Colonia El Jibarito
DATE 12/JUNE/2011

Colonia Del Rio Parte Baja
DATE 21/JUNE/2011

Colonia Cardenas
DATE 25/JUNE/2011

You can view all of the pictures from the Juine itchy Scratchy Clinics here http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157627112365776/
Enjoy viewing the pictures and thank you for your support, we truly could not help these animals without the generosity of our supporters and hard work of our volunteers. To become a sponsor of HSTJ's street clinics please join the Rescue 400 Club by pledging just $5 a month.

HSTJ's June 26, 2011 Sterilization Clinic in Playas de Tijuana

On Sunday, June 26, 2011 HSTJ conducted its monthly spay and neuter clinic at the Universidad Iboamericana in Playas de Tijuana.

Thanks to all the volunteers from both sides of the border, we were able to spay/neuter 51 animals IN JUST ONE DAY... and with the best care possible, of course.

Thank you all for making this possible.

53 animals were registered at this clinic

51 were sterilized

37 dogs ( 18 Female, 19 Males)

14 cats (12 Females, 2 males)

Two animals were referred for a specific treatment at Dr. Cesar Clinic

A female dog with mamarian tumor, and a male dog with very avanced TVT

It was a very nice clinic and the volunteers seemed to like it very much!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers and of course our supporters who make these clinics possible.

To see all of the pictures from the May 22nd clinic click here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hstj/sets/72157627021830581/

To help support HSTJ Monthly spay & neuter clinics, please become a member of the Rescue 400 club!

Friday, June 10, 2011

HSTJ Sponsors Baja California Statewide Conference for Reform at Local Dog Pound

Humane Society de Tijuana

Summary -Baja California, Mexico Statewide Conference of Animal Welfare Groups

May 7, 2011 Tijuana, Baja California

With the financial support of Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana, the Humane Society de Tijuana [HSTJ] was able to co-sponsor a statewide conference along with The Association for the Protection and Care of Animals. The event was held in Tijuana on 7 May 2011 and attended by 45 persons representing eleven animal welfare/rescue groups from the state of Baja California, Mexico. Organizations from Ensenada, Mexicali, Rosarito, Tecate, and Tijuana were represented.

The focus of the conference was to 1) address the urgent need to reform administrative policies for dog pounds 2) identify and push for improvement of physical conditions in those facilities 3) urge the cities to conduct more spay and neuter programs to lessen the need to impound and euthanize animals 4)explore solutions that will ensure that pounds use humane drugs for euthanasia and no longer use electrocution 5) promote private organization spay/neuter programs- recognizing that spay/neuter is the only real solution to the problem.

[Note to the reader: Most Mexican cities operate dog “ pounds” which are in no way comparable to comprehensive full- service animal shelters found in most American cities.]

While HSTJ supports a policy of “No Kill” for rescued animals, it works to ensure that when other agencies and/or groups euthanize impounded animals they do so in a humane manner.
[L  to R : Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, Luca Foundation;  Richard Massa, President, Friends of HSTJ; Mrs. Cecilia Vega Leon, Associate Haghenbeck Foundation; Mrs. Leticia Coto, President HSTJ]
The principal speaker was Mrs. Cecilia Vega Leon, an associate of the prestigious Antonio Haghenbeck Foundation in Mexico City and a board member of the World Society for the Protection of Animals. She has a wealth of experience in assisting animal welfare groups to reform dog pounds throughout Mexico. Having made a visit to the Tijuana pound before the conference and having reviewed the assessments made by Humane Society de Tijuana over the past four years, she discussed the Mexican laws that pertained to the subject matter of the conference and then gave her assessment of what needed to be done to bring about the reforms. The visit and subsequent evaluation was designed to serve as an example that could be used by the participants in their respective areas.
[L-R.  Richard Massa, Pres. of FHSTJ;  Lic. Patricia Torres, Gente por Animales, Mexicali; Dr. Marco Antonio Tapia, Director, Antirrabico, Tijuana.]
In the presence of the Director of the Tijuana pound [Perrera/Antirrabico] Mrs. Vega Leon reported her findings. Among the several items cited, she gave special attention to the following:

  • The illegal selling of dogs that were not spayed/neutered.
  • The illegal supplying of dogs to the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California [University of Baja California] for vivisection.
[Note to the reader: Following this recommendation, the director of the pound announced he was sending a letter to the university stating that he would no longer supply them with animals.]

  • The failure to provide sufficient low cost and/or free spay and neuter services to the city and failure to adequately support those private organizations doing so.
[Note to the reader: The details from a report submitted to the state department of health in Mexicali were reviewed. It noted that 1600 spays/ neuters were done by the Tijuana pound [Antirrabico] and for which it was reimbursed by the state of Baja California. The numbers were hotly contested by representatives of private organizations currently doing spays/neuters in Tijuana. The director of the Tijuana city pound was unable to explain how or who submitted the report. This was followed by an open discussion about the city’s receiving credit and reimbursement for work done by private organizations.]

  • The need to reevaluate the administration of the Tijuana city pound budget and, if as stated by city functionaries there was no budget to support the above recommendations, the pound be closed since the law requires that city agencies have an operational budget and function within the law.
  • To stop charging the public for euthanizing animals brought to the pound because of illnesses or injuries for which the owner cannot afford to treat- especially since the drugs are already being provide to the pound at no cost by private organizations and persons. Failure to assist these people means that their animals die a painful death .
[L-R: Lizbeth Luna, AVPCA; Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, Luca Foundation; Leticia Coto, HSTJ, Richard Massa, FHSTJ,  Dr. .Antonio Furlong, HSTJ ]The second part of the conference was the educational presentation made by Dr. Miguel Rodriguez, M.V.Z [DVM], Coordinator, Luca Foundation, Monterey, Mexico. The Luca Foundation is a Mexican foundation dedicated to animal welfare and specializes in providing humanitarian assistance to Antirrabico facilities [dog pounds] in Mexico. It provides educational programs to veterinarians as well as the general public. It has assisted numerous pounds throughout Mexico so that they could suspend the use of electrocution and adopt humane drugs as a means of euthanasia.

The day before his presentation, he along with Humane Society de Tijuana’s veterinarian a medical doctor [MD] and two other local veterinarians made a visit to the city pound where Dr. Rodriguez demonstrated the Luca Foundation formula as an effective, low cost and humane procedure that can be easily adopted by the Tijuana pound just as it has been in other Mexican cities. The veterinarians as well as the medical doctor agreed that the Luca Foundation procedure was better and less costly than the procedure currently used by the Tijuana pound.

Dr. Rodriguez made the following recommendations:

  • Instead of using an expensive formula of anesthesia drugs, Tijuana use the Luca Foundation procedure which is painless, humane, efficient, and inexpensive – costing only 11 pesos [only $1 US dollar] per animal.
[ A note to the reader: Less expensive American made animal euthanasia drugs are not legal in Mexico and they cannot be imported for use here. It is imperative to use drugs that are legal, cost effective, readily available in Mexico and humane. The Luca Foundation provides educational programs to address these challenges.]

  • Organizations supplying the pound with humane euthanasia drugs need not buy expensive anesthesia drugs directly from the pound or agencies connected with the pound. Instead, they can use Luca Foundation formula drugs which can be purchased from any local licensed supplier. These formula drugs are cost effective and less of a drain on an organization’s budget. More resources for humane drugs will assure the continued suspension of electrocution as the means of euthanasia.

The conference was a great success and it was agreed that the conference participants promote continued state-wide meetings to follow up on the progress of reforms and the promotion of animal welfare programs. HSTJ and the other co-sponsor of the event, AVPCA, were pleased with the attendance and the willingness of the other Baja California groups to continue with this type of united front in working toward animal welfare reforms in Mexico.

As a follow up , the Haghenbeck Foundation sent their findings to the director of the Tijuana Department of Health, the sub-director of the Tijuana Department of Health and the director of the Tijuana pound [Perrera/ Antirrabico] with copies to officials in the state and federal government . HSTJ will be doing periodic reviews and reporting back to the Haghenbeck Foundation. The president of the HSTJ and Haghenbeck Foundation associates have already arranged a meeting in Mexico City with the Mexican Federal government’s chief animal health official and other public health officials to discuss the situation in Tijuana and report their finding.

Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana is proud to have been able to support this activity that is a first in Tijuana. As you can see from this report from HSTJ, the conference was not only a discussion of urgently needed reforms but also included hands-on, on-site education. As a follow up, HSTJ is already preparing for the second phase which will be to have representatives from the Luca Foundation return to Tijuana to speak with professional educators about the need for animal welfare reforms in the city.

See the article in the Baja Times here http://www.bajatimes.com/articlesDetail.asp?sid=2753