Friday, May 29, 2015

HSTJ’s Spay/Neuter Programs - 2015

Each year we touch the lives of about 5,000 animals through our many programs, and one of the most complex is the Spay/Neuter Program. Sterilization is one of the main concerns for HSTJ because it contributes directly towards reducing the overpopulation of suffering animals.

How are the Spay/Neuter programs structured?
We are an all-volunteer association and all volunteers and officers receive no financial compensation. Therefore, and in order to maintain the functionality and consistency of the different S/N programs held year-round, we follow the same protocol for most of them.
The process is simple and involves Mexican and American volunteers who:
1) Locate an area, 2) organize several Itchy-Scratchy Clinics* to promote the S/N program, 3) find an appropriate location within that community and schedule the S/N Clinic, and finally 4) contact volunteers.
*SEE THE SECTION “The importance of   Itchy-Scratchy Clinics”

What different programs are there?
Mobile HSTJ Sterilization Clinics are scheduled throughout the year in some neighborhoods of Tijuana based on need. This program targets the general public in the poorest areas of Tijuana and sterilizes an average of 60 pets per clinic.  

Centralized Spay/Neuter Clinics are organized once a month at the HSTJ Center, which is a small facility that provides free and/or low cost veterinary treatment for individual rescuers and families with limited  resources. This program sterilizes an average of 40 pets per clinic. 

HSTJ Center is open during regular business hours and is prepared to offer free and/or low cost sterilization for rescues. It is conveniently located at Calle Mexicali in Colonia Buenos  Aires Norte. This program sterilizes an average of 60 rescued pets per month.

What are the benefits of each program?
Mobile HSTJ Sterilization Clinics
This program enables us to assess the need in various areas and expand our outreach in these more impoverished parts of Tijuana that would have no other means of controlling  animal population. Secondly, we take advantage of veterinarians that cannot be present everyday but can dedicate a full day doing surgeries. Also, a mobile hospital can be set up in an area where the greatest need is at that time. 
Centralized Spay/Neuter Clinics
We are able to use the HSTJ Center to set up mobile clinics on a regular basis, combining the benefits of mobile clinics with the added benefit of a modest, but well-supplied, veterinary clinic.

HSTJ Center
With the HSTJ Center open during regular business hours, rescuers do not have to wait for our monthly clinics to treat or spay & neuter new rescues. 

 The average for each of the past five years has been approximately 600   sterilizations per year. The overall increase is noticeable, but more so is the increase in the cat-to-dog ratio, as more and more people are convinced of the need to sterilize their cats as well as their dogs.
We are firmly convinced that all the effort volunteers put into organizing and carrying out these programs is completely worthwhile because this resource is continually available to the people who need it the most.

The Importance of Itchy-Scratchy Clinics
The “Itchy-Scratchy Clinic” is a street clinic for the community where volunteers are trained to provide treatment for internal and external parasites as well as minor injuries; pet owners are given 3 lb. bags of dry dog/cat food. All of this is a free service, yet those with resources are asked to consider a small donation to help with the cost of medicine. This program is essential. Through it we touch the lives of many animals who desperately need these services. It also gives us the opportunity to educate the public and encourage them to bring treated animals to our Spay/Neuter Clinics.

On behalf of Friends of HSTJ, we would like to thank our many supporters because without them, programs such as this one would not be possible.
-Spring 2015

Mateo gets a second chance

While cars were stopped at a red light, Mateo, a dark brown lab mix, limped through the crosswalk with a blood soaked face and neck.
A man in one of the vehicles quickly rescued Mateo and took him to an HSTJ vet who discovered that Mateo’s right ear was sliced in two.  In addition, an old injury was causing the limp, and he had severe dental problems and a skin infection as well.
Mateo received treatment for all of this and is making a steady recovery. He is currently in a foster home and is looking for his furrever home.

For information on adopting Mateo, please email

Junior the Pitt

HSTJ continues to support individual rescuers with food, supplies, and veterinary attention. The stories you are about to read are true and are happening right now. As your eyes read on, keep in mind that it is only thanks to our many supporters that this labor of love can continue.

Junior, a two year old pit mix, was abused and abandoned by his original owner and lived on the streets for several days before making his way to a small food cart. The woman who owned it fed Junior and noticed a large wound on his forehead. She took him to a vet who cleaned the wound and put him on antibiotics. But even with plenty of food and rest Junior was not showing any visible recovery. His rescuer sought help amid social media.
HSTJ volunteers responded, making arrangements so that Junior was immediately reevaluated. X-rays were taken and revealed a skull fracture and partial bone loss that left part of the brain exposed.
Some neighbors recognized Junior and exposed his abuser, who had repeatedly beat him on the head with a hammer before leaving and abandoning him. His whereabouts are not known.
An HSTJ vet performed surgery twice and was able to repair the damage. Junior is in a foster home and under strict and continuous observation for any possible signs of neurological problems. He continues to recover and is thriving with the affectionate care of his rescuer.  -Spring 2015