We are a Civil Association working towards bettering the community through the humane
treatment of animals. Our activities are centered around the following programs:
SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS
We reduce the uncontrolled birth rate of animals by offering sterilization clinics for cats
and dogs. The monthly spay and neuter clinic service is offered as a low cost clinic and
asking only of those who can afford it, a modest contribution in order to cover the costs of
the materials. This is based on the economic resources of the individual. The cost is
much less than the cost of private veterinary services in Tijuana. For those who cannot
afford to contribute toward the materials, we ask that able-bodied people help us at the
clinic for a few hours performing basic tasks or assisting our volunteers.
STREET CLINICS [ITCHY SCRATCHY CLINICS]
The government does not provide a mechanism 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.
While the problem is daunting and appears to be so large as to be impossible to handle
for an organization of modest means such as HSTJ, we nevertheless adopted the
philosophy of approaching the problem one animal at a time and as our resources
permitted. Since HSTJ cannot afford to run a private shelter to accommodate these vast
numbers 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.
HSTJ has redefined street rescues. While our volunteers still do one-on-one street
rescues, we also 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 sterilized.
In January 2007, HSTJ initiated street clinics and encouraged people in the poorest
neighborhoods to bring their pets for basic treatment, i.e. de-worming, mange treatment,
tick and flea treatment. We encouraged them to bring the street animals too. It
After being treated and no longer suffering from diarrhea, mange, ticks and eye infection,
they were either adopted by individuals or by a group of people on the block whhere 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 monthly free spay and neuter clinics.
They no longer had to eke 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. Since its inception, the HSTJ
street clinic has treated thousands of animals and hundreds of street animals are now
much better off having a safer, healthier place to live. Equally important, they have been
sterilized and will not be compounding the problem.
Focused on Animal Health and Sanitary Communities
Working to combat illnesses by showing people how to eliminate situations that spread
diseases to people and animals from contact with contagious animals, stagnant water,
garbage, trash etc., and by providing examples of sanitary, healthy living conditions as
well as administering appropriate treatment to the animals.
These programs provide information about the advantage of maintaining a healthy living
environment especially by avoiding contaminating one's surrounding and giving a high
priority to toal family involvement in achieving these goals.