Friday, November 25, 2016

Week of 10/31/16 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Eliana and a furry friends
Fall has finally arrived in our Desert Southwest and Desert Haven Animal Refuge is getting ready for Winter. This past Summer, Amin’s Furniture Store in TorC very generously donated a brand new roll of carpet to Desert Haven, to help keep our furry residents warm this winter. Sharon of Albuquerque and her father Bill also donated some large carpet pieces several months ago. All the carpet stored since this last Spring is now being put to good use both in Dog Town and the Cool Cat Neighborhood in anticipation of a colder-than-usual Winter this year. 
Jack, Kevin, Mike and Larry are keeping busy cutting-up the carpet to help keep the resident fur-boys and girls as comfy as possible this Winter. Much of the cement floor inside the Inn at Dog Town has now been carpeted.  Soon, our team will also have laid-out carpet inside each one of the igloos located in the Cat Walks, which are part of the all-fenced Cool Cat Neighborhood.  The igloos are without a doubt the felines’ favorite daybeds no matter what the season. It gives every member of our Desert Haven team a lot of pleasure to watch our little ones enjoy the coziness of their igloos as they do. Thanks to the generosity of our animal loving friends through the year, every individual Kitty Condo inside the Cat Patio and in the Feline Dorm now has its very own warm pillow.  What a treat for our kitties! 

Are you a dog aficionado? Do you have a couple of hours to donate every week? Why not spend them around dogs one morning or two a week? The canines of Desert Haven are walked every morning, between 8 and 11 AM.  Currently, Pat of Lake Valley, Christine of Elephant Butte and Keith of TorC are our dedicated – and appreciated - volunteer dog walkers. All our fur-boys and girls, especially the few new little ones who came to us recently from a deplorable hoarding situation and who are still extremely shy, benefit greatly from routinely spending individual quality time with a human companion. 

Interested in helping in some way? contact us at 575-894-2639, also at Chat with us at and  www.Facebook.DesertHaven. Visit our web site at Our mailing address: The Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 10/23/16 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

 This week, the Sierra County Humane Society is sending a heartfelt thank-you to Guy & Michelle, owners of Black Dog Shredding, Inc. in Albuquerque. Guy and Michelle also call Elephant Butte their home. The philanthropic couple belongs to the Parrots Club of NM. Whenever one of the club’s charitable events is held at their E.B. home, Desert Haven is the recipient of their and their guests’ generosity. Again, thank-you from the bottom of our heart, Guy, Michelle and all your guests, for donating to our no-kill companion animal sanctuary as you have, again this year.  

Dixie, the young Airedale rescued at Desert Haven a few months ago, received a very important mid-morning visit this past Tuesday.  Lynn, Mark and their senior fur-boy Patches, had made the overnight trip from Phoenix Arizona to meet Dixie in person and as importantly, to introduce Patches to her for the first time. Mike & Lynn had seen Dixie on our Desert Haven Petfinder page and they trusted that the first meeting between Dixie and Patches would be positive enough that they could feel confident in bringing Dixie back home with them.  It didn’t happen that way and Dixie is still a Desert Haven resident, still on the Adoptable list on our Petfinder page, and still Gentle Ben’s playmate in the exercise yard they both share at Dog Town. 

Gentle Ben
Before leaving the sanctuary to return home to Phoenix, both Lynn and Mark made a point to share with our team how impressed they both were with the atmosphere of peace and kindness that they felt while at our sanctuary. They added that all the dogs there looked very healthy and that they were obviously happy in their surroundings. Lynn stressed that these observations had made a deep impression on her and her husband. To show their support of our efforts, the couple decided to sponsor both Dixie and her roommate Gentle Ben. This, they hoped, would make the adoption of either one easier for the right person.   Interested in learning more about our fur-boys and girls, including Dixie and Ben?  We can be reached at 575-894-1694, also at

Chat with us at and  www.Facebook.DesertHaven. Visit our web site at Our mailing address: The Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 10/16/16 Humane Happenings

Lucy enjoying her bone
Everyone who is involved in his or her community in some way knows that there are weeks that seem to go faster than others. The feeling is real for many Doers and Shakers.  These past few weeks have seemed very short for some of the members of the team at Desert Haven and also at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, which are both owned and operated by the Sierra County Humane Society.

At Desert Haven, the no-kill domestic animal sanctuary that serves our area, the level of activity continues to be high.  Buster, Lilly, Molly, Gracie, also Terrence and, this past Tuesday, Peggie, the very young three-legged kitty and the sanctuary’s latest rescue, were all recently adopted locally. Dixie the Airedale was rescued earlier this year.  She is now the center of interest from an out-of-state couple who plans to make the trip all the way from their home in Phoenix AZ very soon,  to visit her and hopefully adopt her.  How exciting for all of us who rescue and care for all our little ones until we find the very best home for each one of them.  

Mike is from Colorado. He is Desert Haven’s newest work-camper. This past Tuesday, Mike, Kevin (also from Colorado) Jack (formerly a Colorado resident) and Larry, our organization Vice-President, worked together on our latest big project: adding some real estate to Scruffy and Lucy’s exercise yard.  It’s been a project that is taking longer than anticipated, but it is advancing steadily and soon will be completed. Scruffy and Lucy can’t wait, and neither can the rest of us!

This week’s kudos go to Jon, who lives in Virginia. Jon’s beloved fur-boy passed away recently. In his memory, Desert Haven received three large boxes full of milk bones containers for our Dog Town residents. Jon also send several warm doggie beds that were immediately put to good use in anticipation of the cold Winter nights. Jon is a Facebook friend of Desert Haven and we are very grateful for his on-going support.   
This week’s wish list: Canned dog & cat food.  Plastic and paper grocery bags.  If you can help in some way, contact us at 575-894-2639 or at

Chat with us at and  www.Facebook.DesertHaven. Visit our web site at Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 10/2/16 Humane Happenings

Donation from Tractor Supply
The Sierra County Humane Society is reminding local residents who need a financial boost in getting their companion animal sterilized that they can pick-up a SCHS spay-neuter application at the local Police Station. We offer rebates of $30 for male dogs or cats and $40 for females. Since our organization’s programs are entirely funded by private and local business contributions - and not by taxpayers money - also by fundraising activities generated by our small team of hard-working individuals, we trust that only local residents who truly need the financial boost will apply, as our animal welfare organization operates on a limited budget.

 We sincerely appreciate our members and supporters who donate to our cause to help the spay-neuter program specifically.  Since 1990, when the non-profit animal welfare organization started this much-needed program, the T or C Police Chief at the time welcomed the opportunity for the Police Department to be the official pick-up point for the SCHS Spay-Neuter application. Ever since 1990, the SCHS Spay-Neuter application has been made available at the Police Station.   

This week, we sincerely thank Jon of Virginia who very generously donated the funds to purchase a brand new refrigerator for the main building at Desert Haven. His donation was made in memory of 49 years old Lorena Nelson, who recently passed away at the prime of her life.  Lorena was a life-long member and active supporter of our organization for many years and it is very fitting, to those who knew her well, that she is being remembered at Desert Haven in this special way.   

A big thank-you is in order for Tractor Supplies Co. store that opened its door in TorC last year. This week, the store donated several large bags of high-quality dog food and enough bones (real bones, not rawhide) for all the furry residents in Dog Town to enjoy. Thank you, Anthony, for ensuring that the pet food & treats went to our organization and also for loading the heavy bags into the IM4pets Toyota truck.

This week’s wish list: milk bones - Canned dog & cat food.  Plastic grocery bags. We use them both at the sanctuary and Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe.   If you can help, call us at 575-894-2639, e-mail us at Chat with us at and  www.Facebook.DesertHaven. Visit our web site at www.DesertHavenAnimalRefuge.comOur mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Humane Happenings Week of 9/25/16

by Eliana Aubin
Teenage felines Henry and Vulcan, together with little Peggy, a very young three-legged white Siamese-mix kitten with an inquisitive personality and big bright blue eyes, are now the newest residents of the Cool Cat Neighborhood at Desert Haven Animal Refuge. Desert Haven is owned and operated by the Sierra County Humane Society, the non-profit animal welfare organization that serves this area of New Mexico.  Henry, Vulcan and Peggy arrived with their own sad story. But at Desert Haven, they are finally safe, well-cared for, and loved. That is what Desert Haven is all about.
Three-legged little Peggy was born under a shed about eight weeks ago. When rescued a couple of weeks ago, neither her mother nor her siblings could be found. There was “no place at the Inn” at the time - (inside the Cool Cat Neighborhood) - but how could we push away the helpless little one? It’s hard enough for a tiny kitty to survive all alone, but a three-legged one has to overcome even more obstacles.  Among other life-threatening hurdles, a three-legged feline certainly can’t climb a tree, for example, to run away from an aggressive dog, or a hungry coyote - or even a heart-less human. 

Interested in learning more about the newest little rescues at Desert Haven?  Check-out our Petfinder Page and also our Facebook  page at  These last few weeks, we have added to our Adopt-a-Pet Referral list a few little dogs in need of a new home: young adult male Shi-tzu, a very young Boxer puppy and a small terrier.   

Our Desert Haven team continues to invite kind-hearted individuals willing and able to help us socialize and walk-on-a-leash several of our newest small canine rescues. These very sweet young dogs are still very shy from the ordeal they went through before their rescue at the sanctuary. They need special individual attention from good-hearted individuals willing to help. Call us at 575-894-2639 or e-mail us at for more information.  Morning animal care at Desert Haven includes dog walking. It is currently handled between the hours of 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM.  With the days getting shorter, Daily animal care will soon start at 8 AM.  Visit our web site at www.   You can also write to us at PO Box 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

HUMANE HAPPENINGS - Week of September 11 2016

by Eliana Aubin

My name is Mollie and I am the newbie
The Sierra County Humane Society and Desert Haven Animal Refuge offer anyone who wishes to make a difference in the lives of dogs and cats down-on-their-luck the unique opportunity to do so, in their own individual way.
Are you a dog aficionado, but perhaps you don’t have the space or lifestyle that allows you to share your life with a dog? Then become a Dog Walker at Desert Haven! The sanctuary is located on the outskirts of Williamsburg.  Walking in a serene environment, in the fresh morning air and with a dog by your side is good for your health, both physical and emotional.  At Desert Haven, you will be surrounded with happy furry boys and girls of all sizes and temperaments as well as with people of kindred spirit, people who are committed to make a difference.

Working on Scruffy's and Lucy's yard
Jack and Phyllis are Desert Haven’s Operations Coordinators.  Kevin, an Air Force Veteran who relocated from Colorado at this time last year, is the sanctuary Animal Care Coordinator.  These kind-hearted people work exceptionally well together and with the other members of the Desert Haven staff  and the atmosphere around them is one of friendliness and cooperation, of warmth and caring that are valued and cultivated within our entire animal welfare organization. Belinda came on board in the Spring of this year to take on the position of bookkeeper for our non-profit organization. Belinda’s many strengths, including her professionalism and her love for all animals, together with her willingness and tendency to routinely go above and beyond, are making her an exception individual and a true asset to our animal welfare organization and our no-kill sanctuary.          
Are you a handyman willing to share some of your skills and time with our team? Kevin and Jack need help installing a brand new sink in the Eagle Point Mobile home. We have the sink and its plumbing accessories. Can you spare some of your time on a Tuesday, please let us know at 575-894-2639 or  
Canned dog and cat food, also dog treats, are always a high priority at Desert Haven. We are looking for construction and roofing material for our projects, also for a good used swamp cooler and a lawn mower. We can pick up if needed. 
Check-out our  and , also our web site at Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of September 7 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Starlight enjoys a visit!
 Desert Haven Animal Refuge is Sierra County’s no-kill sanctuary. Dog Town at Desert Haven is known to be a fun place to be, both for the canines residents and also for everyone who helps care for them. There are several ways to be involved at Dog Town. One can walk the dogs in the morning, between 7:30 and 10:30, a most enjoyable activity indeed.  Helping feed and care for the little guys and girls inside their own living quarters is also part of the rewarding feeling of doing something worthwhile in one’s life. Not only an animal lover can make great connections with the fur-babies there, without the long-term commitment of responsible dog ownership, but one also knows that everyone who resides there is a lucky dog indeed, living every day in a loving and safe environment. Here at Desert Haven, the staff cares for each and every fur-baby as their own, and adoption applications are carefully reviewed before any of our little ones moves out of Dog Town at Desert Haven.

Tico is a young Pomeranian mix.  Micky, Jack and Teddy are all young, small, Terrier-mix. Their equally small playmate, Holly, is a Miniature Pinscher. Little Jenny-May, Mel and Speckles are young heeler-mix. Each one is small to medium size and looks very different from the other.  Goldie is a senior cocker spaniel - a loving little gal who would make a great companion for a senior person.  Red the Golden Retriever, Ben the Black Lab, Forest the Hound and Mosey the Ridgeback, Scruffy the Shepherd, Lucy the heeler-shepherd, Starlight the Manchester Terrier, Dixie the Airedale-terrier are also currently residing at Dog Town.  Buster and Molly are in the process of being adopted. Lilly was just adopted out.  Interested in visiting them? Come on down to Desert Haven on a Tuesday.

 This week’s wish list: a used refrigerator in good working condition. We have needed one for a long while now, and have been hoping along the way for some help from supporters in replacing our old fridge that is beyond "its last leg". Canned Dog and Cat Food is also on our high priority list.
Check-out our web site at Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 8/28/16 Humane Happenings

 by Eliana Aubin


Desert Haven is a busy place every day of the week, especially on Tuesdays, which is reserved to welcome visitors and also for large projects.  The no-kill sanctuary is in existence for the purpose of helping companion animals-in-need, providing them with a safe and loving environment until they are adopted out or to the end of their natural life. It’s a big undertaking, but we believe in what we do.
Little Vickie is a prime example. She was rescued at Desert Haven a number of years ago.  The young puppy had been dumped by her owner, together with a large number of other dogs, some of them pups like her, in the middle of the desert around Cuchillo where the man lived. The reason? The hoarder had been tipped that the Sheriff Department was ready to pay him a visit to ensure that all his dogs had been vaccinated for the mandatory rabies shot.  Of course, none of them had been vaccinated for anything. Vicky was one of two pups who made it back to the vicinity of Cuchillo some days later. One pup was taken in by the good Samaritan who discovered both, the other brought to Desert Haven. The sanctuary became Vickie’s home. Time passed and Vickie grew up, a loving fur-girl full of life and energy. As she grew-up, her chances for adoption slowly went down. And then she became a senior dog at the no-kill sanctuary.  With new specific needs, the elderly fur-gal continued to receive special attention and her living quarters were revamped along the way to allow her to continue to enjoy life to the fullest. Last year, Vickie was adopted by a senior gentleman. Our fur-girl had found her forever home at last. Hurray!  

That’s what Desert Haven is all about. We ensure that all our little rescues,  young and old alike, enjoy life as fully as we are able to provide for them. Contributions of time and effort, donations - both financial and in-kind - that are ear-marked for the sanctuary residents, help bring safety, comfort and loving care to the little ones who reside there. If you believe in making a difference and that you can help our animal welfare cause in some way, contact us at 575-894-2639 or at

Visit our  and  Facebook pages,  also our web site at Our mailing address: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Week of 8/21/16 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Anthony from Tractor Supply loads the "IAM4PETS" Toyota pick up
Fall is in the air and Desert Haven Animal Refuge is preparing for the Winter ahead.  All summer long, the staff at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe has collected well-worn pillows, comforters and blankets for the fur-babies at the No-Kill sanctuary. In the Cool Cat Neighborhood, the pillows fit the individual condos perfectly. The comforters and blankets are great inside the igloos and the Kitty Motel, all of them located in the Cat Walks and Cat Patio. Also coming from Paws & Claws: well-worn sweat shirts and pants, etc, that we add to the kitties bed areas for more comfort. Thanks to the thoughtful people who donate these items to Paws & Claws specifically for the fur-babies who reside at the sanctuary, our Desert Haven team is able to keep all our little ones warm and cozy through the coldest months of the year.

This week’s wish list: milk bones and canned dog food for the residents of Dog Town - also canned cat food for the Cool Cat Neighborhood. Our felines appreciate their cat treats. Their most favorite ones are those that are soft inside. Apparently, the hard-all-around treats taste too much like regular cat food to be considered special treats to them.  We are also looking for a good used swamp cooler and lawn mower, chain link, wire and wood fencing and posts. If you can help, call us at 575-894-2639, e-mail us at We can pick up if needed

Larry and Kevin unload the Tractor Supply donation
This week’s kudos go to Tractor Supplies Co. The attractive and customer-friendly store opened early this year in the “old” ALCO building on Broadway. The store recently donated high-quality dog food to Desert Haven. Thank you, Anthony, not only for ensuring that the pet food contribution went to our organization but also for loading the heavy bags into the IM4pets Toyota truck. The little truck is almost 29 years old now, still running, still proud to donate all of its spunk to our animal welfare organization. Its owner continues to maintain it completely at her expense, including the gas it takes to run it, all of it to benefit the organization. 

Check-out our  Facebook page for more information - and photos - on the latest contribution from the Tractor Supply Co. contribution.  
Check-out our web site at   Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 8/14/`6 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

 This week, the Sierra County Humane Society is reminding its members and animal loving friends who reside or vacation in our area to save their Bullocks receipts for the animal welfare organization and Desert Haven Animal Refuge, the no-kill animal sanctuary that it owns and operates. Bullocks Grocery Store is well-known throughout this area to be one of its strongest community oriented businesses.  Not only Bullocks is valued for being customer oriented, but it also financially supports local 501-c-3 non-profit organizations such as ours with its Cash-for-Clubs program.  The program has been in existence for many years now. When you save your Bullocks receipts for our animal welfare organization and you drop them off at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, the Williamsburg Post Office or the TorC Public Library,  Josephine, our organization Charter Member and long-standing volunteer, routinely collects them.  She also tallies them for us.  We receive $2 per each thousand dollars worth of Bullocks receipts that we receive. The money collected helps fund the organization’s spay-neuter and spay-a-stray programs. 

We also collect aluminum cans. Our can corral is located adjacent to Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe. Kevin, Jack and Larry ensure that the cans are routinely transported and redeemed for $$ at a recycling center. The money collected also helps fund the SCHS sterilization program. 

Applications for the SCHS Spay-Neuter program continue to be made available at the TorC Police Station since our organization started the program in 1991.

This week’s wish list: Canned cat food – dog milk bones and treats - swamp cooler and lawn mower in good working condition - someone to help install a sink and replace a window in the kitchen of the Eagle Point mobile home. If you can help in some way, let us know. We can be reached at 575-894-2639 and at  Visit us at and Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.

Week of 8/7/16 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

 The Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven Animal Refuge has been in existence since 1989 and 1999 respectively. The entire operation of the non-profit animal welfare organization is funded by the kindness and generosity of private and business entities who believe in helping us help animals-in-need in our area. 

With the weather getting cooler, the team at the no-kill sanctuary is starting to work on the several projects outlined since earlier this year. The fenced addition to Scruffy and Lucy’s exercise yard is in full swing. Jack, Kevin, Larry and Keith worked together last Tuesday afternoon. They have already made huge progress. While they are installing the chain link fencing, perhaps a local handy person could donate time to build the two gates that we need to install on each end of the yard extension.  Someone may prefer to donate a tall gate or two to help complete the project.   

Several major projects are on our priority list at the sanctuary: we need to  install a sink and replacing a window in the kitchen of the Eagle Point mobile home.  We have both the replacement sink and window.  We now are looking for the very handy person to take on either one of the two projects.  It was started many months ago, but never completed. Without the sink and the window, the mobile home can’t be used.  Another major project is the Rainbow Bridge Pet Cemetery sign located in front of the property and facing Hwy 187. An especially violent wind storm destroyed the sign sometime last year. Soon afterwards, a local artist committed to create a colorful sign for our animal welfare organization. It’s been many months and there is no more word – and no sign - from the artist.     

We need volunteer help at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe ( The business is owned and operated by our animal welfare organization. It is located adjacent to Family Dollar in TorC.  Please save your Bullocks receipts for us. They can be dropped-off at the store during business hours. The funds generated when we redeem them at the Bullocks grocery store help fund our organization’s Spay-Neuter program.
Visit us at, and  Contact us at 575-894-2639. E-mail us at  Our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942.   

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Week of 7/24/16 Humane Happenings

The 2016 Sierra County Humane Society newsletter has been mailed and already, the response is heartwarming. We try our very best to send a newsletter every year, usually earlier in the year, inviting our members and animal loving friends to continue to support our organization in any way they can. Our non-profit animal welfare organization receives no funding from local, state or federal government. We operate independently, just as any other animal welfare organization in the US. We work very hard at bringing the revenues needed to make a difference. Private and business contributions are crucial in helping us help animals in need in our area. We also bring in revenues from our hard work at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, the non-profit business owned and operated by the organization. These combined revenues directly support our community oriented programs, including Desert Haven, the companion animal sanctuary that the organization also owns and operates. 

This week, we wish to thank Sharon who works at Sandia Labs in Albuquerque.   Sharon, together with her father Bill of Elephant Butte, has been one of our organization’s most steadfast supporters. Over the years, among other strong shows of support, Sharon has made a point to keep our entire organization computer system updated with the latest software and hardware upgrades – all of it on her own time and at her own expense. Her computer technical expertise, along with the time & energy she regularly and selflessly donates to our animal welfare cause, has been an important part of the success of our organization.  Sharon, we are grateful. 

This week’s wish list: fencing material, steel and wooden posts, wood and plywood, etc. to help build a much needed addition to one of the exercise yards that is currently occupied by several large, energetic canines.  For more information, contact us at 575-894-2639 or e-mail us at  If you prefer to send a contribution earmarked for the project, our mailing address is: Desert Haven Animal Refuge, POB 638, Williamsburg,  NM 87942.   

Desert Haven is open to visitors every Tuesday, from 9 AM to 4 PM or by appointments.   Visit us at, and