Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Work Camper Writes to Us

Liane & Doug Stark sent this message to friends and family after spending time with us at Desert Haven. With their permission, we are sharing it here:

We just finished up volunteering for 2 weeks at the Desert Haven Animal Refuge in Truth or Consequences, NM. We had a lot of fun, met WONDERFUL people, did a lot of work and already miss the dogs. On our work days, we work basically from 8-10 in the morning and then again from 5-6 in the afternoon. We'd walk dogs, muck out kennels, feed dogs, capture the escape artist dogs and lend a hand in the Cat Palace or Birdland as needed. On Tuesdays, it was an all day work "party". Think I may have lost a pound or two on those days!

The Animal Refuge has 10 dogs, about 20+ cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, doves, 2 peacocks, other birds, chickens/roosters and a "partridge in a pear tree". OK, no partridge, at least not yet. Many of the residents were rescued from certain death at the animal shelter, others were dropped off and still others are there because their owners died. It's a no-kill facility, so until a home is found, all the animals are safe and loved. A couple of dogs tugged on my heartstrings, but Max reminded me that he's a spoiled, only dog. So we still have only Max.

From all the residents and friends of Desert Haven, thanks again, Liane & Doug!

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