Friday, February 3, 2012

Week of 1/29/12 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Jim Seery (left) and Foxy Girl

Desert Haven Animal Refuge, Sierra County no-kill domestic sanctuary, is now home to several newly arrived little rescues now ready for adoption. There is Jewel, a young black & tan Pomeranian with a great personality. There is well-mannered 5 years old Bobby, a tan & white cocker spaniel anxious to become someone’s beloved companion again. Two little ones came to us together: 8 months old Cadi is a red with black highlights Terrier-Chihuahua and her buddy -5 lbs Fergie - is also a Chihuahua.

One-and-a-half year old Boxer - Foxy Girl - was rescued at the sanctuary at around this time last year. Although a gorgeous and loving little girl-dog who would make a wonderful family companion, Foxy Girl is still waiting for her forever home.

Pat with Shadow (on right)

Shadow is a loving five years old female black lab who has resided at the sanctuary since her rescue in 2007. To facilitate Shadow’s adoption, Jim Seery, a friend of Desert Haven and returning work camper, is covering half of her adoption fee. Shadow is sterilized and her shots are up-to-date.

This week, we wish to thank local residents Bill & Mary Jane Clellan and Mary Roden who answered our plea and donated enough canned dog food to allow us to keep our little fur-kids supplied for a little while longer this winter. Canned dog and cat food are two major staples in our pet-food pantries and we appreciate everyone who helps us keep our furry and feather dependents well fed. We also thank the local and out-of-town animal loving folks who send monetary contributions either directly to Desert Haven or to the Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven account at Horsin’ Around Feed & Tack in T or C. The donated funds deposited in our account at the feed store allow us to purchase alfalfa, grains and seeds for our small army of rescued guinea pigs, rabbits, doves, peacocks, roosters and hens. Any pet food contribution you wish to make can be dropped-off at P&C Thrift Shoppe during business hours - Wed through Sat from 11AM to 4 PM. You are also welcome to bring your in-kind or monetary contributions to the sanctuary on Tuesdays, when it is open to visitors.

Volunteer opportunities are always available at Desert Haven and P&C Thrift Shoppe. Walking a DHAR dog or two of your choice one or more mornings a week can be a fun way for anyone to stay fit or get in shape. Contact us at 575-894-2639 or 813-716-2033. E-mail us at Visit us at , and

Week of 1/22/12 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

This week, the Sierra County Humane Society wishes to acknowledge a very special individual who currently volunteers one day a week at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe: Glenn Parks. Glenn is a local, very active service oriented senior citizen who enjoys keeping busy. And Glenn stays busy indeed! When he is not selling office furniture at the local flea market, Glenn may just be handling the cash register at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, a bargain hunter’s paradise located across the alley from Family Dollar in TorC.

P&C is a non-profit entity operated by the SCHS, Sierra County’s animal welfare organization. All the profits made at P&C return to the community in many ways, including through its service oriented programs such as the Spay-Neuter and Adopt-a-Classroom. Profits from P&C also help cover the operating costs of Desert Haven Animal Refuge, Sierra County’s no-kill domestic animal sanctuary.

A good humored and very pleasant people-person, Glenn started volunteering at the non-profit thrift shop over a year ago. For many months, he used his professional skills to test, repair whenever possible, and also display inside the store the electrical items and small appliances as well as some electronics that are routinely donated “as is” to our organization. When you shop at Paws & Claws, take time to say “hi” to this very special volunteer. These days, you will find him sitting behind the counter, as he operates the cash register and makes the shop’s customers feel welcome and appreciated for shopping there. Glenn’s positive attitude and friendliness are making him a real pleasure to work with and everyone on the team appreciates the time and energy that he gives to our animal welfare organization. Way to go, Glenn!

Our wish list is to be able to re-stock the food storage in Dog Town with canned dog food. Dog Town is currently home to an average of twenty resident canines and we routinely mix from four to five cans of dog food with plenty of dry food to feed our healthy and active little group every morning. If you value the work we do and wish to help in some way, consider dropping-off canned dog food at P&C Thrift Shoppe during business hours - Wed through Sat from 11AM to 4 PM. Your contribution is also welcomed at DHAR on Tuesday, when the sanctuary is open to visitors.

Volunteer opportunities are always available at Desert Haven and P&C Thrift Shoppe. Contact us as 575-894-1694 or 813-716-2033. E-mail us at Visit us at , and