Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week of 11/14/15 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

AmeriCorps Volunteers
        Recently, Desert Haven had the genuine pleasure to receive the visit – and the very much welcomed help - from nine members of AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one. It takes in individuals willing to do something special, something unique, something exciting as they help make this country a better place, such as bring needed services to a low-income community.
        For several hours on a sunny afternoon this past week-end, AmeriCorps members Katherine Smith of CT, Darlene Gray of MT, Alice McVicker of VA, Cody Watts of KY, Jasmine Aldershoff of– FLA, also Katie Fernandez, Taylor Haight, Evelyn Kwong and Nicolas Ashford of CA, took on several of the much needed projects that our Desert Haven team had planned to take on sometime this year but was forced to keep putting on the back- burner for lack of adequate volunteer help.  Alice, the spokesperson for the team at the time, mentioned to us that several members of the team are planning to hopefully return to the sanctuary to take on some more projects on our To-Do list before they move on mid-December. Hurray!  And from the bottom of our hearts, to every member of the AmeriCorps team who came to give a hand at Desert Haven Animal Refuge this past week, Thank You!   
        Anyone interested in walking some of our dogs on Friday and/or Tuesday mornings? Please let us know at 575-894-2639 or at weR4pets@gmail.com. Stacey is kindly walking our smallest breeds on Friday mornings.  We welcome someone to walk some of our other fur-boys and girls, such as but not limited to Mosey the Rhodesian Ridgeback, Forest the Hound,  Scruffy the Golden Retriever, Lucy the Australian Cattle Dog, Shepherds Missy and Suzy-Q,  also Abby the Black Lab. Gentle Ben, also a Black Lab, is ready to soon move into his Forever Home.    
        This week’s wish list: wire and wood fencing, steel and wooden posts – pet food – used bedding. Your donations can be dropped-off at Paws&Claws Thrift Shoppe located adjacent to Family Dollar in TorC, or at Desert Haven on a Tuesday between 9 AM and 4 PM, when the sanctuary is open to visitors.  Visit our Facebook pages at www.Facebook.com/DesertHaven   and www.Facebook.com/PawsnClawsThriftShoppe,  also our web site at www.DesertHavenAnimalRefuge.com.  

Week of 11/8/15 Humane Happenings

by Eliana Aubin

I'll take it!!

        The past several weeks have been full of activities at Desert Haven Animal Refuge, the no-kill domestic animal sanctuary owned and operated by the Sierra County Humane Society.

        Newly arrived Fox Terriers Miles, Milo and Shi-Tzu mix Matty, are now sterilized. Miles is in the process of being adopted. We thank everyone who was involved with their recent rescue.  Interested in adopting a lap-dog with personality?  Please check-out our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/DesertHaven. Our web site www.DesertHavenAnimalRefuge.com can also take you to our Petfinder page, only a click away. The sanctuary is open to visitors every Tuesday between 9 AM and 4 PM. Dog Town is home to dogs of various breeds and sizes, including two little Chihuahuas, Penny & Violet. These small, young fur-babies have resided at Dog Town for many, many months now. Both are trusting that someone special will want to give them a loving home for the holidays.  Penny & Violet, together with Miles, Milo and Matty, and occasional play-mates Penelope & Sancho, are taking advantage of every amenity offered by their Puppy Play Yard and its cozy indoor section.  

        Thanks to Joe, Tom and Kevin, Dog Town is now ready for winter.  Inside the Inn, carpet remnants have been cut to size and laid-out everywhere on the cement floors.   All the furry little ones have their very own doggie-bed to snuggle in at night. In the play yards, every igloo and dog house is now thoroughly insulated.  With the Cool Cat Neighborhood and Birdland also recently winterized,  every little resident at Desert Haven will be warm and cozy this winter.

Gentle Ben, the young black lab abandoned at Percha Dam State Park three weeks ago, is now residing at the sanctuary.  His new playmates - Taz and Missy – have welcomed him into their circle and the three of them can be seen playing never-ending games.  If everything goes as planned, Gentle Ben will soon be ready to become the newest member of Sue & Dan’s family in TorC.  

        This week’s wish list: wire fencing & posts - dog & cat food – used bedding for the furry sanctuary residents. Your donations can be dropped off at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe located adjacent to Family Dollar in TorC. For more information, contact us at 575-894-2639.