Thursday, May 24, 2007

Week of 5/25/07 Humane Happenings

Jessie, saved from Death Row, needs a forever family!

The Adopt-a-thon recently held at Desert Haven Animal Refuge was very successful. While Operation Manager Freddie Loveless greeted visitors, Facilities Manager Linda Estavillo gave tours of the facility. Several other DH volunteer team members also made themselves available, while at the same time working on various projects. The dogs and cats loved the extra attention, and the crew heard many compliments, not only about the peacefulness and the beautiful setting of the entire property, but also about its cleanliness, the way the animals were obviously being treated and how well they behaved. Everyone volunteering at DH that weekend was pleased with how the entire event had gone. This was “Teamwork” at its best! A job well done and many thanks to an awesome crew!
We are already planning to hold another Adopt-a-thon this coming October, on the Birthday of St Francis, Patron Saint of Animals. A life size statue of St Francis, a generous gift made to DH in 2000 by the Scartaccini Family, presides at the main entrance of Rainbow Bridge Pet Cemetery.

Benjy look-alike “Shaggy” made an impression on one of the visitors during the Adopt-a-thon, and the following week, the little fellow started a brand new life with his new human companion.

Shaggy, the "Benjy" look-a-like, was adopted in record time!

Cute-as-a-button, five-yrs. old rat terrier Jessie (see photo at top), and Ponette, a small black lab puppy, are now the newest members of the Canine gang at Dog Town. To know more about our dogs and cats ready for adoption, visit us at

Last Friday, Desert Haven held its first adoption clinic at The Movie Gallery in T or C. Linda Estavillo and Deb Peters attended with canines Suzy-Q and Winston and Feline Lover-Boy. Pat Armijo, The Movie Gallery Manager, offered to run a special through the month of June: a free rental for anyone who brings a bag of pet food to the store, to be donated to Desert Haven. Thanks a million, Pat.

With school soon over, we hope that young people will consider making the sanctuary part of their fun activities, as dog walkers and kitty cuddlers. Interested in staying in shape this summer and having fun doing it? Share Daily Animal Care with one of the finest volunteer crew one could wish to be acquainted with. Contact Freddie at 894-2778 for more information. We continue to need canned and dry pet food, also helpers at Paws & Claws thrift shop.

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