Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Week of 12/29/13 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

We mourn the loss of a long-time friend of Desert Haven - Ginny Nylen – who passed away suddenly doing what she loved: RV’ing throughout the US and making friends along the way. Ginny had work-camped in our area some years ago. When we appealed to the community for someone to help in our Desert Haven office on Tuesdays, Ginny came forward. She helped us again the following several winters. Time went on and Ginny no longer work-camped, but she kept traveling and every year, she was back at Desert Haven to visit, with plenty of goodies for our furry residents. Ginny, you will always be remembered fondly by all of us who shared precious moments of your life.

Susan Newman of Animas Creek Plant Nursery and Gina Kelley of Ruidoso, we value your long-standing commitment to our animal welfare cause. Susan is a local business person with a high level of moral principle. Gina was the Sierra County Tourism Director until she moved to Ruidoso over 2 years ago. While a local resident, she had asked our organization for help to sterilize the small army of feral and stray cats who lived in her neighborhood. We came through for her. Then the economy took a dip, so did the support we counted on to keep our spay-a-stray program solvent. We appealed to all those we had helped in the past – even one dollar would make a difference, one dollar from each of the several thousand individuals we had helped since we started the program in 1994. A hand-full came forward.

Gina Kelley
 Gina came forward, and very generously indeed! She contributes towards our program every month since that time. Individuals like Susan Newman and Gina Kelley exemplify people who are committed to their moral principle. They don’t just say they believe in something, their show they believe in something, quietly and without fanfare.

We need volunteer help every morning at Desert Haven. We also need help at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe. Contact us at 575-894-2639 or at Visit us at and Our mailing address is: POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87901.

Week of 12/22/13 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

A very young female black lab arrived at Desert Haven Animal Refuge on Christmas Eve. She was rescued from a mountain road during a recent snow storm. A good Samaritan rescued her before she became another victim. “Crissy” is now the newest member of Dog Town. You can soon see her on our Desert Haven Facebook page at

We have much to be thankful for this Christmas season. Among other wonderful contributors, some of them who want to stay anonymous, Gina Kelley of Ruidoso sends generous monthly pledges to help keep our Spay-neuter program alive. Local resident Mary Roden recently donated much needed canned cat food. Carmel O'Connell of San Francisco CA contributes every month through our Pay-Pal account. A monthly pledge is made in Richard Wagner’s memory, ensuring his name will always be remembered with fondness.

Christmas donations for our rescues

Robert & Marian Allen donated a vehicle full of pet food and birdseeds, toys, treats and bedding last Tuesday. Chet & Val Two-Wolves dropped-off pet food and treats in memory of their beloved companion-dog Lady who had just passed away. Several large boxes of pet food and treats sent by our supporters from Texas, via Walmart and Amazon arrived recently. Last week, Moose Lodge 2050 contributed towards the veterinary costs of bringing our latest rescues back to health: Charlie, Gumbo and Forest.

Moose contribution

Last week, the drop-off box at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe was broken into several times. The thieves not only stole everything inside it, but they also badly damaged parts of the structure, outside and while they were foraging directly inside it. A police report was made each time. It’s very sad when a few undesirables make it so hard for the rest of us to do what we can to make this corner of the world a better place to live. If you know anything about these thefts, contact us at 575-894-2639. The information will be forwarded to the TorC Police Department.

Drop off box - repaired
 We need volunteer help every morning at Desert Haven. We also need help at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe between 11am and 4pm. Contact us at 575-894-2639 or at Visit us at and Our mailing address is: POB 638, Williamsburg, NM 87901. Happy Holidays to all our members and animal loving friends.