Success Stories
Chicharron's Story
BEFORE
AFTER

In April 2007, the FHSTJ Street Clinic [Itchy-Scratchy Clinic] Team went to a wretchedly poor
area of Tijuana to check out the neighborhood and see if it might be possible to hold a street
clinic in that area. They found an old public building that they could use, where they could pitch
the FHSTJ tents.
Roaming around the building were six street dogs, all with worms, mange and eye infections.
The team did not intend to hold a clinic that day, only to evaluate the site. However, they
decided to treat as many of the strays around the building that they could catch since they had
the supply boxes in the truck. In just a few minutes and after treating only a few of the strays,
there was a line of people with eighty [80] animals, none of which had ever received any type
of medical care. Although short of staff, the two FHSTJ volunteers stayed all day and treated
the eighty animals.
Most of the animals were pets but some where abandoned street animals brought by
sympathetic residents hoping to be able to help the animals. Chicharron was one of the
abandoned street dogs. He was brought to the clinic by a teenage boy accompanied by two
other children. When the children found out that we could treat Chicharron for worms,
diarrhea, mange and eye infections, one of the kids went home to get their mother. Their
mother came to the clinic and after talking with her children, decided to adopt Chicharron.
He received two follow up visits at the subsequent Itchy-Scratchy clinics and was then brought
to the FHSTJ sterilization clinic a few months later and was neutered.
He is a happy little guy now and living with a caring family. As a result of the family's contact
with FHSTJ, they have taken a keen interest in teaching the neighbors about how to properly
care for dogs and cats and the importance of having pets spayed and neutered at the FHSTJ
free and low cost clinics.