|Itchy-Scratchy Street Clinics
The government of Tijuana doesn't provide a means to treat the thousands of starving and sick
street animals that roam the city. Nor does it have a program to provide veterinary care to the
pets of the poor. The problem is daunting and appears too large for an organization of modest
means such as HSTJ. However, we adopted the philosophy of approaching the problem one
animal at a time, as our resources permit. Since HSTJ cannot afford to run a private shelter to
accommodate the vast number of animals, it had to find an alternative to the traditional rescue
(where an animal is brought to a shelter, treated and placed for adoption).
FHSTJ has re-defined street rescues. In addition to our volunteers who do one-on-one street
rescues, we have devised another type of rescue: the Street Clinic. It occurred to us that a
large number of the abandoned street animals could be saved if only they could be made fit
enough to be accepted by neighborhoods and/or individuals who would care for them and get
them spayed or neutered.
In January 2007, HSTJ initiated street clinics and encouraged the people in the poorest of
neighborhoods to bring their pets for basic treatments e.g. de-worming, mange treatment, tick
and flea treatment. We encouraged them to bring the street animals too. It worked. After
being treated and no longer suffering from diarrhea, mange, ticks and eye infections, they
were adopted either by individuals or by a group of people on the block where they were
roaming. Once free of disease, these animals were given a place to sleep, given food and clean
water and even brought to our free monthly spay and neuter clinics. They no longer had to live
out a miserable existence on the streets, sick, starving, frightened and in pain. WE CONSIDER
THESE TO BE SUCCESSFUL RESCUES and it was done without having a shelter and a lot of
resources. During 2016 the HSTJ Street Clinic treated over 3,000 animals, and many thousands
more since this program began. So far, in 2017, we have already treated over 1,000 animals,
and this in spite of rainy conditions that prevented us from running the clinics from January
through March. Street animals are now much better off having a safer and healthier place to
live. Equally important, they have been sterilized and will not be compounding the problem.
We would like to help many more, but we need your help. Please help support HSTJ's clinics by
making a donation or becoming a monthly sponsor by joining our RESCUE 400 CLUB today.
Your contribution will help us feed and care for animals looking for loving homes, rescue
animals in need, and provide humane education to enrich the lives of individuals and animals
alike. Thank you for supporting the Humane Society de Tijuana. Your support means so much to
us, every day!
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