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