Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Week of 9/1/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

“Hi there! Some of you may not know me but you might have seen me running back-and-forth around town. I am the “IM4PETS” Toyota work-truck. I have been working hard for the Sierra County Humane Society for over 25 years. I am pretty old now of course, a little on the decrepit side in some ways, but still running strong and dependable.

I am a hard working little truck, a one-person truck. I don’t let anyone drive me except my owner. She is the one that gases me up, changes my oil, buys me new tires, and covers me with insurance in case I get hurt. She does all of this out of her own pocket. Nobody else but her. Not even the non-profit organization I volunteer for pays for any of this.

 For the last 25 years now, I have moved mountains, literally – mountains of dirt, refuse, but also furniture and bags and boxes of donations of all types. I do all of this for Desert Haven Animal Refuge and also Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, which helps supports the Sierra County Humane Society. When parked at Paws & Claws waiting for my owner who volunteers there from opening to closing time several times a week, I get loaded with all sorts of donations needed at Desert Haven, such as office supplies, pet food, also bedding for the furry and feathered residents who live there. By the end of each work day, I have done my part. I do this because it needs to get done and I am needed. I do this because I am the only truck available and also willing to do what needs to be done without asking for any compensation of any type.

Every year for the past 25 years, I have accumulated thousands and thousands of miles, all of them in the service of the Sierra County Humane Society.

So if you see a faded white, over-loaded 1988 Toyota Pick-up truck with the “IM4PETS” license plate driving around town, just know it’s me, and I will keep doing what I am doing as long as I can still roll. "

This week’s wish list: Canned dog food, volunteers at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe and Desert Haven. Contact us at 575.894.1694 or 575.894.2639 or e-mail us at Visit us at and and

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Week of 7/13/14 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

Trying hard to please
 Desert Haven Animal Refuge enjoyed the visit of several local individuals last Tuesday, including a couple looking to adopt a young Dachshund mix, either from our sanctuary or our Adopt-a-Pet Referral program. Desert Haven has been home to two Chi-Weenies-with-Personality for a couple of years now - Sandy and Daisy. Our goal is to adopt them out together. They have been together their whole life and our Desert Haven staff would find it cruel to let one move on to a new home, leaving the other little one behind without her life-long companion. Call Desert Haven at 575-894-1694 for more information.

Interested in adopting a 2 years old, sterilized female Bobtail cat? This little one desperately needs a new forever home. Call the owner at 575-894-0162.

Did you watch Channel 4 News a couple of evenings ago? Some deadbeat was caught on camera, stealing from donations bins outside of a Goodwill Store in Albuquerque. Over time, he had accumulated enough stolen property to be charged with a fourth degree felony. Justice at last! Here in Sierra County, the work of our animal welfare organization is supported entirely through the donations of our members. Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe, located adjacent to Family Dollar in TorC, is an integral part of that support. The profits from the sale of items at the store benefit the entire community, through programs that would not be available otherwise. So when someone is caught ( photos will help) stealing either from inside the donation box or from donated items deposited after hours in front of Paws&Claws or from inside the store during business hours, that person is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. If you have information you wish to share with us on this, contact us at 575-894-2639 or at

Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe and Desert Haven Animal Refuge need volunteer helpers this summer. Our wish list also includes several heavy duty 50 ft long water hoses, large bottles of Clorox bleach and Odorban, also remnant of indoor-outdoor carpet.

Visit us at, also and You can also visit Desert Haven any Tuesday, between 9 AM and 4 PM.