Sunday, March 4, 2007

Week of 3/4/07 Humane Happenings

Welcome back, Larry and Mavis Juniper. This former workcamping couple comes back to this area every year since they spent the Winter of 2004 at Desert Haven Animal Refuge. While they reside in Williamsburg this Winter, they work on needed projects every Tuesday, with the volunteer crew. Larry and Mavis have made many friends here, and it’s great to see them back each year.

A happy ending to a very sad story: Urchin, the miniature female poodle discovered on a very cold morning in December, wandering behind someone’s shed near the Rio Grande and taken in that morning at Desert Haven, is now back with her former family. After disappearing from the out-of-town family’s vehicle at an Elephant Butte gas station during the long July 4th 2006 holiday week-end, Urchin was left to fend for herself until early December, when she was discovered miles away, on Riverside Drive. This small poodle was very traumatized from her ordeal and it took many weeks of love and patience to help her get over her fear of people in general.

At his last visit to the sanctuary, James Rogers recognized her from the flyers that her family had posted in July, before returning to their home in Grant. The family was contacted and came all the way from Grant, to pick-up their beloved “Sandy”, the little dog they feared they would never see again. It feels good to know that little Urchin/Sandy has finally been reunited with her family.

Linda Estavillo, Facilities Manager at Desert Haven Animal Refuge since last August, recently completed the Sierra County Humane Society financial statement for 2006 and her hard work is to be commended. An individual with many talents and a big heart for animals, Linda is also a pleasure to work with and we trust that her association with Desert Haven and all its inhabitants will be a long and positive one.

With another growing season coming up, Desert Haven needs a green thumb or two interested in helping maintain the grounds, including Central Bark, the garden area adjacent to the Main Building. We need extra help in the office at Desert Haven, especially with membership mailing and filing. Two hours of your time at Desert Haven every Tuesday would make a world of difference. For more information on the Sierra County Humane Society, Desert Haven and Paws & Claws thrift shop, contact us at 894-2778 or write to us at POB 638 Williamsburg, NM 87942.

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