Thursday, May 31, 2007

Week of 5/27/07 Humane Happenings

Spring is in full splendor at Desert Haven Animal Refuge, in Sierra County New Mexico. At this time of the year, because of the recent heavy rains and the blooming desert plants, many of them donated by The Sierra Soil & Conservation District and long-time supporter Ardell Scartaccini, the entire property is an especially beautiful sight.

Recently, we welcomed for the first time to Desert Haven The Sassy Red Hat ladies, former commissioner Lois Reaver-Black and several other Sierra County residents. They toured the facility in the company of Freddie Loveless, the sanctuary’s Operations Manager and seasoned Tour Guide.

Ginny Nylen of Hawaii, Desert Haven’s “Administrative Assistant Extraordinaire” for the past three months, has now resumed her travels and is already on her way to new adventures across the continental United States. Anyone with office skills, computer knowledge and who can be depended on each week, willing to consider sharing office duties with Freddie, Eliana and Linda on Tuesdays?

Kathy Stoud, Desert Haven’s Animal Care Provider, recently relinquished her part-time position to take a full time job locally. We will miss her smile and outgoing personality. Our work camper from Texas - Karen West – is leaving Desert Haven two months before schedule, due to some unforeseen health problems. Now is the time for our members and friends to consider donating a few hours each week to help the volunteer crew take care of the animal and bird residents of Desert Haven. Walking dogs or caring for cats, birds, rabbits or guinea pigs a couple hours each week can bring a lot of pleasure to anyone who loves animals and at the same time help the on-site crew during this time of unexpected volunteer help shortage. Morning animal care starts at 8 AM - evening at 6 PM. If working at DHAR is not for you, consider helping at Paws & Claws thrift shop, which is open from Wednesday through Saturday each week and is the major fundraiser for the Sierra County Humane Society and Desert Haven. Contact Freddie at 505-894-2778 for more information.

This week’s “Thank-you” goes to Dot & Larry Plaatje, who donated dog food in memory of Katie the German Shepherd - the town’s canine-orphan for several years until she died on the streets of T or C. Katie is now buried at the ranch of Ron and Lois Turner.

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