San Diego nonprofit saves dogs from the streets of Mexico and finds furry homes for them – NBC 7 San Diego
Stroll through the bustling streets of Tijuana or Ensenada and you will discover vibrant nightlife, vibrant restaurants, countless shopping opportunities, and other attractions that tourists dream of. But besides the hot spots in these popular cities, there’s a good chance you’ll see a lot of street dogs fighting for survival.
Knowing the appalling conditions and diseases these dogs are subjected to every day, The Animal Pad (TAP) San Diego-based nonprofit gives Mexican street dogs a second chance at life by rescuing them and placing them in loving homes in America’s Finest City.
“We chose Mexico because we feel like not only are we in a great geographic location, but we have the resources that a lot of rescues in Mexico don’t have,” said Christy Lambert, director of the The Animal Pad’s TAPACT team. NBC 7. “We are passionate about helping dogs that a lot of people don’t want or can’t help.
These dogs roam the streets day and night looking for a place to rest, rummage through trash cans for barely enough food to survive the day, and prowl past restaurants in the hope that someone. ‘one will take pity on them and even help them a little. Often riddled with health issues and ignored by many, these puppies will die on the streets where they fought for survival if not rescued.
“Dogs are often seen as pests, so they are kicked out if they attempt to enter a building or if stones are thrown at them to keep them away from people or businesses,” Lambert said. “Regarding dogs as parasites comes with a lot of abuse. “
With the aim of saving as many dogs as possible from their poor conditions, Stephanie Nisan founded TAP just over ten years ago. His organization is a 100% foster home rescue that is dedicated to placing dogs in the best homes for them.
TAP is working with rescue partners in Mexico to place the dogs in shelters across the border and bring them to the United States. Once recovered, rescue dogs are given flea and tick medication, a bath, a vet check-up, and then go through a quarantine process. After being cleared for adoption, dogs are placed in foster care until they are matched with a potential new family.
Dogs can react badly to their diet or to a bad attitude towards an owner – so sometimes pet owners turn to “animal communicators” like Lydia Hiby to figure out what’s going on.
How to adopt from TAP
Anyone interested in adopting a dog from TAP’s adorable list can complete online applications. Lambert said the process is fairly quick, with an average delay of two weeks between application and adoption.
Once prospective pet parents have completed the applications for the dog (s) they are interested in, their form will be reviewed by the rescue adoption team. The team will contact applicants with references, do a home check to make sure the dogs are safe, and once everything is sorted out, the applicant can contact the dog’s foster family to schedule a meeting.
“There’s a perfect dog for you somewhere in a shelter or shelter,” Lambert said. “We have almost 150 foster dogs so chances are your perfect dog is here.”
Lambert noted that apartment residents are welcome to submit pet applications and are often approved for adoption as long as the organization believes the dogs will be doing well in the apartments.
To find out about adoptable dogs supported by TAP, click here.
How to promote TAP dogs
Applying to foster dogs is similar to the adoption process. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent of dogs in need can click here for more information.
“(For foster families) you don’t have to be responsible for purchasing anything,” said Lambert, who said expenses for dogs are covered by them. “You have to pick up supplies from our head office in La Mesa, you have to give them love and care, take them to vet appointments and we appreciate the occasional presence at adoption events. . “
Lambert noted that foster parents should be located in San Diego so they can be in close proximity to dog vets.
TAP’s other mission
In addition to fostering and adopting, TAP also aims to tackle the central problem of what drives dogs onto the streets in the first place. A little less than three years ago, the association created a new team called TAPACT to fight against overpopulation.
“Rescues can’t do much when people aren’t spaying or still spaying, so TAPACT was founded to try and tackle such issues as unethical and illegal breeders,” Lambert said.
“Rescuing dogs is a band-aid for the symptom, but we also want to sponsor spay and neuter clinics, spread information about overpopulation and we really want to help people understand that they can play an active role in the problem. rescue dogs, ”Lambert said. .
TAP’s outreach was successful and the organization had a lot to celebrate; 2020 was a banner year for adoptions, with the nonprofit having placed around 1,700 dogs in loving homes from March 2020 to date.
That figure was a huge win for TAP and, more importantly, for the dogs who found their furry families.
“They just want to be loved,” Lambert said. “When you adopt a dog, you save a life. Really. Otherwise, these dogs would continue to be neglected on the streets, dying without animal care.”
Animal communicator and author Lydia Hiby gives potential dog adopters advice on what to consider before entering the shelter.
For more information on TAP, click here. To follow the organization on social media and learn more about dogs, click here.
NBC is currently in the midst of Clear The Shelters 2021, a nationwide pet adoption campaign with a mission to find as many forever homes as possible for shelter animals in need. To find a pet you can save at a San Diego-area shelter, check out NBC 7 Clear 2021 Shelter Adoption Guide.