Tijuana-based grindcore unit UNIDAD TRAUMA recently launched an independent dog rescue called Casa de Perros.
Moved by the overwhelming number of stray dogs inhabiting the streets of Tijuana, the small band-run organization rescues dogs that are homeless or from neglected homes, brings their health to a manageable level then pairs them with capable and loving families within the metal community and beyond.
In the last year, the team has rescued over seventeen dogs, some of which were in extremely bad shape both physically and psychologically, requiring extensive care and rehabilitation by UNIDAD TRAUMA guitarist/vocalist Dr. Padilla.
In an effort to raise funds and expand their efforts, the group unveiled a limited-edition t-shirt depicting “Dogtor Oso,” their first rescue pooch and resident mascot. The t-shirt sold out in less than a week.
Dr. Padilla comments, “We were beyond excited when we saw that we had blown past our initial estimate for sales of the Dr. Oso shirt by almost double within the first 2-3 days of the preorder link going live. Our resolve to continue our work doubled that day too after seeing the outpouring of support from the extreme metal/music community and we couldn’t be happier. We’ve also received support through donations from animal loving metalheads from around the world.”
A reprint of the Dogtor Oso shirt is now available for preorder at THIS LOCATION.
All profits from the shirts go directly to animal care needs which include: first rounds of vaccinations, deworming shots, medical visits for dogs in long term care, blood work and medication where appropriate, bathing and grooming supplies, housing and comfort (blankets, kennels, beds), food (the band makes some themselves and supplements with grain free dry food unless a dog is on a special diet), sanitary products used to clean dog spaces and sterilization in cases necessary.
Monetary donations, as well as gently used or new toys and blankets are readily accepted as the organization is run solely by the support of the community and their families. Check out the band’s rescues at Instagram.com/Ut_Casa_De_Perros.
Emails regarding donation of supplies or to be added to Casa de Perros’ list of families looking to adopt can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Venmo donations can be made to: UT_casa_de_perros. PayPal donations can be made to: email@example.com.
UNIDAD TRAUMA(Spanish for “trauma unit”) features members of the now-defunct Thanatology. The band fuses razor sharp musicianship with horrendous subject matter all packaged up nicely on a blood-soaked gurney. UNIDAD TRAUMA exposes listeners to a history lesson in medical atrocities, experimentation, discovery, and ultimately terror. If UNIDAD TRAUMA doesn’t cause you to suffer from tomophobia… nothing will. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on their as-yet-untitled EP with details to be unveiled soon.