Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Week of 7/6/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana C. Aubin


Bonnie Waters, a life-long resident of Truth or Consequences, recently passed away in Las Cruces. Bonnie’s daughter - Colleen Pullen – lives in Las Cruces. She had just moved her mother there to better care for her medical needs. Animals were a very important part of Bonnie’s life. To honor her memory, her family requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Desert Haven Animal Refuge, where several of her fur-kids were adopted from. Bonnie Waters’ love for animals is being recognized in a way that allows her to leave a legacy of kindness even long after her passing.

The work of the Sierra County Humane Society & Desert Haven Animal Refuge is supported entirely through the donations of our members and friends of animals. Through the generous hearts and hands of people like Bonnie, her daughter Colleen and all the kind folks who support our efforts, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of Desert Haven will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid or in pain.

Why take exercise so seriously when it can be fun? What’s wrong with “fetch” or “chase”? At Desert Haven, we have canines who would love nothing more than become an integral part of your routine exercise schedule. At this time of the year, morning animal care starts at 7:30 every morning and lasts until 10:30AM.

Aside from volunteer help, this week’s wish list includes several heavy duty water hoses, large bottles of Clorox bleach and Odorban, also remnant of indoor-outdoor carpet. We are actively looking for a good used refrigerator. The one inside the kitchen at Desert Haven was already old when donated many years ago. It no longer cools efficiently and soon will be a thing of the past. Can you help?

Contact us at 575-894-1694 or 894-2639. Visit us at, also and You can also visit Desert Haven any Tuesday, between 9 AM and 4 PM.

Week of 6/29/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana C. Aubin
Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe Management Team

It’s especially hot and dry this summer in our Desert Southwest. The wonderful birds that visit our yards will appreciate that we keep our bird baths filled with fresh water at all times. Our companion animals suffer as we do. They need us to provide for them a continuous supply of fresh, cool water and especially plenty of shade when they spend time outside our homes. Shame on the folks who keep their dog tied in their yard, most especially at this time of the year. If you see a dog outside, either tied up or in an enclosure, without an adequate - and easily accessible - supply of fresh water or shade, contact Dispatch at 575-894-7111. Request for the Animal control Officer on duty to investigate. Also ask for that ACO to call you back and let you know that the problem has been solved. It will make you feel more at ease to know that you – and the ACO – have made a difference in the life on that specific animal. It is unacceptable that some folks keep their dog tied outside in this heat, and also unacceptable that many neighbors or “friends” refuse to ‘get involved” because of “possible retaliation”. When animals suffer needlessly, it is our moral duty to speak out. We are their voice after all. And who will protect them if we don’t?

We understand you mean to be kind in taking your dog with you shopping. But you could be risking his or her life when you do so. On an 85* day for example, even with the windows slightly open, the inside of a car can climb to 102* in 10 minutes, to 130* in 30 minutes. Just think how unbearably hot your car quickly becomes when the temperature is 100* outside. Keep your dog at home when you go shopping, it’s the kindest thing you can do for him or her. If your dog is overcome by heat exhaustion, immediately soak him or her down with water and take to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Want to know more about our animal welfare organization? Visit us at, also and Contact us at 575-894-1694 or 894-2639 or e-mail us at You can also visit Desert Haven any Tuesday, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Thank you all for your support.