Tuesday, March 27, 2007

3/30/07 Humane Happenings

Desert Haven Animal Refuge, owned and operated by the Sierra County Humane Society, Inc., has come a long way since May 1999, when President Eliana Aubin, Treasurer Jerry Aubin and several Board members gathered to walk through the undeveloped and rugged 5 acres property they had just purchased on behalf of the small, non-profit 501-c-3 animal welfare organization.

A giant step had been made - a lot of work needed to be done - that day, the Sierra County Humane Society had broadened its horizons.

Today, Desert Haven, a small No-Kill domestic animal sanctuary built from the grounds up, is fully operational and home to no less than 200 feathered and furry animals. Built on a sound foundation, the facility continues to grow in strength and capacity, thanks to careful planning, hard work and dedication on the part of an all-volunteer crew who is determined to help Desert Haven fulfill its mission: protect abused, abandoned and neglected living creatures and give them back their lives. The work of Desert Haven reaches beyond the sanctuary, through adoption, humane education, and spay-neuter programs in Sierra County.

Our small but very active organization receives absolutely no funding from government entities, local or otherwise. Our funds are generated from private and corporate contributions, yearly membership fees and Paws & Claws thrift shop, a small second-hand store operated by volunteers and located in T or C. Our budget is carefully planned each year to help insure that our organization is able to function effectively within its means. Volunteer help is always needed, either local or through the Society’s work camper’s program. Together we are building a better world through kindness to animals and we are seeking out people of like-mind.

Our Wish List: someone with a small grader, fencing material, pet food, brooms, Clorox bleach, cleaning detergent and brushes, , dry dog and cat food, bird and sunflower seeds, chicken scratch, rabbit pellets, Dog Walkers and Kitty Cuddlers, handy folks to help on Tuesday projects, helpers at Paws & Claws thrift shop.

For more information, check us out on http:// www.DesertHavenAnimalRefuge.com, contact us at 505-894-2778 or visit Desert Haven on a Tuesday, and experience first hand the wonderful energy created through our labor of love in progress.

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