Friday, June 26, 2015

INDIVIDUAL RESCUERS - What they do and how we help

For as long as there have been animals among us, there have been individual rescuers; people who take it upon themselves to help an animal in distress. This is a noble and self-sacrificing labor of love, but without support, continuous rescuing and rehabilitation can quickly deplete your energy and your resources. The individual rescuer will come to rely solely on what they have at their disposal, and many times, the amount of help they can give an animal is limited by whatever funds they have available.

In an effort to aid these individuals, Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana (FHSTJ) has worked closely with its Mexican counterpart, Humane Society de Tijuana (HSTJ) to set up a network of support that encompasses various HSTJ programs.

When HSTJ and FHSTJ were first established back in 2007, it became obvious that there was a great need for assistance in this area, and since the very beginning we did what we could to help. But over the years we have gained much more insight on what individual rescuers need in order to rehabilitate an animal, and although each case is different, we encourage rescuers who team up with us to take advantage of all our programs.

For example, an animal rescued off the streets may have suffered enormously and will be in very bad shape, requiring immediate veterinary care and treatments. At the HSTJ CENTER we strive to provide access to topical parasite treatment, a complete check-up, de-worming medication, vaccinations, sterilization, and specific blood/stool tests. Once this protocol has been completed, and if the animal is deemed adoptable, we can sometimes assist the rescuer in getting this wonderful creature adopted by a loving family.

For obvious reasons, there is a high demand for the services and support we provide to rescuers, and we continue to do this because the results speak much louder than words.

This is Frankie. You can read her full rescue
story right here on our Blog. We are happy to
report that she is recuperating well and will
soon be ready for adoption.
This is just one of many examples that prove
just how valuable your support is for the lives
of these animals. Thank you for helping.

In the past year alone, our organization was able to facilitate over 150 pet adoptions of rescued animals. We are confident that this year will report a lot more than that. In addition, the individual rescuers we support have a collective daily census of well over 200 animals.
You can see just a few of those “Happy Tails” on our Petfinder page.

In recognition for all their hard work, which would otherwise go unnoticed, we will begin featuring these individual rescuers, what they have accomplished, and how we have been able to help them through your donations.

We do not have employees and we have decided not to run a shelter in Mexico. Thus, we have no place to put rescued animals and they must remain with the same people who rescue them. In these cases, we offer individual rescuers our support by giving them assistance with free food, common medications and low cost veterinary care. If rescued animals are deemed adoptable, we can sometimes facilitate adoptions once the animals are spayed or neutered. Our primary mission is to prevent the overpopulation of unwanted animals and lessen the miserable conditions that exist for them throughout the city of Tijuana. For more information as to why we have decided to function this way, and why it is the best use of our resources, please see previous articles on this Blog or visit our website and click on "About Us".

Sunday, June 21, 2015


This is Camila. We do not know where she was born or why she ended up living on the streets. What we do know is that while she was still young, she was hit by a car and eventually found by a “good Samaritan”. This person placed Camila's wounded leg in a makeshift splint made with a wooden stick and old rags, then sent her back on the streets. Not long after that she was found by HSTJ volunteers and taken to the HSTJ Center for treatment.  

Camila's wound began to heal nicely.
She was suffering from malnourishment and was obviously in a great deal of pain. Once the dirty dressings were removed from her leg, doctors could observe a severe skin infection. X-rays were taken and revealed a compound fracture.

Luckily, she had found help. From that moment on, her progress was closely monitored at the HSTJ Center by caring vets, as well as her dedicated foster mom, Lety. Today she has made a full recovery and is now one happy pup looking for her furrever home. If you are in Southern California and would like to meet Camila, please contact Vicky:


Medium Size
Labrador Retriever mix

Camila weighs approximately 30 lbs and is about a year old. She is very loving and energetic, and gets along well with dogs that are her size or smaller, but is not comfortable living with dogs that are much larger than herself. She is great with people and kids, loves getting daily exercise and would love to explore new places with you.

House trained • Spayed • Current on vaccinations

Follow this link to our Petfinder page and meet even more pups that have been rescued from the streets of Tijuana, MEXICO and are looking for their furrever home: Petfinder - Friends of Humane Society de Tijuana

-Summer 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Frankie's tail never stopped wagging

This is Frankie’s Story, as related to HSTJ by her original rescuers: Axel Leon, age 11, and Monika Leon, age 34
Frankie was found huddled into a corner along the main road in the rural community of Mariano Matamoros, Tijuana, Mexico. Axel, an eleven year old boy, spotted her on his way back from school one gloomy Monday. He called his mother over and Frankie became scared and tried to get away from them. Monika Leon, the boy’s mother, stooped down to have a look and then gently stroked her fur. Fearful, this pain stricken dog started to gently wag her tail. Now they could clearly see the many lacerations on her neck and body. She was covered in blood and dirt. The boy insisted that they take her home and cure her wounds, but his mother knew that these wounds were quite
serious and warranted the expertise of a veterinarian. They carefully walked with her the rest of the way to their house, avoiding any loud sounds that could startle her even more. That same day they were able to find a ride to the HSTJ Center so that this poor dog could get immediate veterinary attention.

The following is direct information from the attending veterinarian at the HSTJ Center, Dr. Angel Gonzales Hernandez:
“When Frankie was brought to the HSTJ Center I could see that, despite being in obvious pain, she was quite calm. The main wounds were consistent with being tethered to a structure with a wire around her neck; it had cut deep down into the flesh. Other wounds on her body were consistent with an attack by several other dogs, perhaps while being tied with the wire; pieces of her flesh were torn in different places.
She was anesthetized and put on an IV, and then we proceeded to shave the fur around her wounds. We flushed all the debris from underneath her torn skin and patched together the shards of skin around her neck, holding it in place with stitches. The same procedure was repeated for all the other wounds. In addition to that, Frankie tested positive for chronic Ehrlichiosis, a virus that causes anemia, weight loss, inflammation and hemorrhaging, is transmitted through ticks, and is completely treatable. After coming out of anesthesia I remember her getting up and wagging her tail at anyone who came near her cage. That was a good sign.
Despite having to get around in public transportation, Monika and her family are excellent rescuers who brought Frankie in every day so that I could closely monitor her recovery. She has now been discharged and must finish her cycle of antibiotics and other medications, rest, eat well, and we will be removing the stitches in ten days. Some of her wounds already appear to be healing.”

On June 11th Frankie’s rescuer, Monika Leon, told HSTJ that she was programmed to have a double mastectomy on June 17th and could not continue to care for Frankie. A fellow HSTJ volunteer and rescuer took in Frankie the following day.
HSTJ cares greatly for all its volunteers and is happy to report that Monika has a huge amount of support from her and her husband’s family, and a good prognosis from her doctor as well. Meanwhile, and in preparation for Frankie’s full recovery, we are beginning the search for Frankie’s furrever home. If you or someone you know is thinking of adopting, we ask you to please consider Frankie. We are also looking for a family to foster Frankie on this side of the Border once she gets a clean bill of health. Below you will find her description. To see a complete album with pictures of Frankie before, during, and after surgery, please follow this link (caution, photos may be too graphic for some):Frankie-June2015  For direct information please contact:

NAME: Frankie (short for Frankenstein)
AGE: approximately three years
SIZE: medium
SEX: female
BREED: tj mix
WEIGHT: 26 lbs. (current weight)
HEIGHT: 1’ 5”
COLOR: mostly black with patches of white around her face and on the tips of her paws and tail
MORE INFO: “A very gentle little lady who LOVES children. Her tail is constantly wagging and she yearns for love and affection. She is great with all other dogs and cats. She is not a barker. At night she sleeps soundly in the living room, on her doggie bed, and in the morning I take her outside. Not one accident.
She takes her medicine very well and does not gnaw on the furniture or on shoes. She is perfectly content to lay on her doggie bed while I work, and follows me outside for my breaks. In the car she is a perfect companion. Again, not a barker. She also does well by herself and does not get scared or nervous when left home alone. Very well behaved at dinnertime; she does not beg for food nor does she come up to the dining table. I am very happy to be taking care of such a well-behaved little lady. I will be delighted the day that she finds her forever home. She deserves it.”

–Frankie’s current foster/caregiver in Tijuana, L. R. 

As of July 3rd, Frankie is recovering well and has completed all of her treatments. She did require a second surgery on June 18th, but all of her wounds have now healed at about 90%. We are now waiting for the rest of her fur to come in, and are also looking for a foster in the U.S., so if you or someone you know is interested in fostering her, please email
Here is Frankie at play... Looks like she has potential as a professional soccer player. ;-) Please consider adopting or fostering Frankie. Thank you.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The HSTJ Center

You may have read a little bit about the HSTJ Center in previous posts. If you're curious, then please read on to discover this exciting new workspace enabling volunteers to accomplish much more than ever before. 
  • What is the HSTJ Center?
  • Where is it located?
  • When was it inaugurated?
  • What is its purpose? 
  • How many have benefitted?
Since 2006 HSTJ has sought to reduce the overpopulation of suffering animals in Tijuana. We now offer subsidized veterinary services through the Buenos Aires Clinic located inside the HSTJ Center.

What is the HSTJ Center?
It is not a shelter. It is a small clinic that provides  free and/or low cost veterinary care, including spay/neuter, on a daily basis for rescues or families with limited resources. 
The general setup is that of a modest but well-equipped veterinary clinic with an adjoining bath and grooming station. 
The facility includes a sophisticated anesthesia  machine and an ultrasound which allow us to handle special cases. We have what we need; the foreseeable challenge would be the expense of purchasing   X-ray equipment, so for now, when this service is  required we obtain the services of a mobile X-ray.

Where is it Located?

It is strategically located in an area accessible to the greater Tijuana area via personal or public transportation, and is open during regular business hours, including most holidays. 

20573 Calle Mexicali
Colonia Buenos Aires Norte
Tijuana, B.C. 22810

When was it inaugurated?

The Center officially opened and treated the first patient in February 2014. This was our greatest expansion since we started in 2006. Since then, the demand for these services has been much more than initially anticipated.

What is its purpose?

In countries like Mexico where the greater population is very poor, many could never come up with the money for veterinary care. 
Here you see the vet treating an animal
just rescued off the streets.
We are happy to inform that this little girl
is recuperating well thanks to your support. 
It was our goal to open this facility so that people with limited resources could afford to provide vet care for their beloved family pets or for animals rescued off the streets. We met our goal and opened the HSTJ Center where we offer subsidized services through the Buenos Aires clinic. These include free and/or low cost veterinary care (including spay and neuter) for rescuers and for the general public with limited resources. To receive approval for these services, rescuers must call (664) 120-6714

How many have benefitted?

The HSTJ Center has treated an average of six rescued animals per day for things ranging from routine illnesses to accident cases, poisonings, severe malnutrition/dehydration, and complications from surgeries done by inadequately trained veterinarians. 
In addition to, and aside from our mobile neighborhood sterilization campaigns, the HSTJ Center is  performing an average of 60 spays and neuters per month.
The Center also offers subsidized grooming services as well as medicated baths and dips.


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.