Sunday, December 30, 2012

Week of 12/2/12 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

"Share the blessing"
 Recently, several Sierra County Humane Society volunteers have been asked on several occasions to compile a list of items routinely needed both at Desert Haven Animal Refuge (DHAR) and at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe (P&C). So, thanking our readers in advance, here it is: canned cat food, catnip and cat treats – dishwashing liquid, bottles of bleach and Odor-ban, paper towels, sturdy water buckets, long and short handle scrubbing brushes, indoor-outdoor brooms, leaf& straw rakes, also large kitchen trash bags and black garbage bags. We also use large plastic containers with or without lids, both at P&C and DHAR.

 At Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe, we always need transparent plastic bags. We use them routinely at P&C to display items for sale such as large comforters, lap robes, handmade afghans, complete sets of sheets, etc. to very small items or groups of small items such as arts and crafts and sewing materials and more. The large transparent bags keep the items they protect clean and presentable. They don’t even not need to be in perfect condition to serve their purpose.

 Your tax-deductible contributions to our 501-C-3 non-profit organization can be brought to Desert Haven on a Tuesday, between 9 AM and 4 PM, or dropped-off at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe during business hours - from Wed through Sat between 11 AM and 4PM. Donations of your no-longer-wanted pieces of furniture are gratefully accepted as they bring much-needed funds to help Sierra County companion animals in need. We can also be contacted for an occasional pick-up of your large items and furniture pieces.

Interested in helping us help animals in some way? We need dog walkers and kitty cuddlers at DHAR. At P&C, we need a book aficionado to keep our book-nook attractive and in order, also someone interested in crafts and sewing materials who will handle the Arts & Crafts section at the store. Call us at 575-894-1694 or 894-2639, e-mail us at for more information. Visit our web site at http://www.DesertHavenAnimalRefuge, and

Friday, December 21, 2012

Week of 11/24/12 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Eliana Aubin, SCHS President
 Thanksgiving has come and gone and the 2012 Holiday Season is in full swing. It is a time of the year to reflect on the positive and to be grateful. The dedicated Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven Animal Refuge volunteers are thankful for the many supporters who stood by us through this economically challenging year. Because of its animal loving friends’ trust and on-going generosity, Sierra County’s non-profit animal welfare organization is able to continue its labor of love to help and protect some of the area’s most unfortunate companion animals.

 Moose Lodge 2050, American Legion Post 44, Bullocks Grocery Store, Walmart, Bar-2 Sand & Gravel, BlackRange Enterprises, among several other local businesses, were very generous again this year. Both local newspapers deserve a huge pat on the back for being instrumental in our organization’s ability to reach the residents of Sierra County and also supporters from out-of-the area. A kind and generous couple from the little town of Victoria, Texas donates to our organization in many ways. They cover the costs of several boxes of canned dog food and treats that we receive through FEDEX every month. They also routinely send boxes of their CDs and DVDs for our volunteers to sell at P&C. The lady also keeps P&C Thrift Shoppe supplied with all the handmade labels used for pricing the items on display. She is a former Desert Haven work-camper who, together with her husband, wishes to remain anonymous. Among several other supporters, former Sierra County Director of Tourism Gina Kelly, now a resident of Ruidoso, sends our organization a generous pledge every month.

Thanks a million to each and every one of you, either local or from out-of-the area, who helps and supports us in your very own way.

This week’s wish list: someone with the equipment and time to transfer data from 3 ½ inch floppy disks to CDs. We can’t use the crucial information until we have it on CDs.

Interested in helping us help animals in some way? Contact us at 575-894-1694 or Visit us at and