Desert Haven Animal Refuge is operated by The Sierra County Humane Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the welfare of animals and governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.
Desert Haven Animal Refuge opened its doors in December 2001 to homeless, neglected, handicapped and unwanted domestic animals of Sierra County, New Mexico.
All animals at Desert Haven are guaranteed a new home or a good life at the no-kill facility, where they will never again be alone, hungry or afraid. Except in extreme circumstances - when the animal is a danger to himself or to others, or has lost quality of life - all animals taken in will live at our facility until they are adopted or to the end of their natural life.
THE SIERRA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY raises funds for several comprehensive programs that provide long-term
benefits for the companion animals of Sierra County.
1) THE SIERRA COUNTY SPAY-NEUTER PROGRAM is one of the most effective. We assist every local resident
of Sierra County who applies for financial help. If you need help to have your dog or cat sterilized,download the
spay/neuter application here. You can also pick-up an application atPaws & Claws Thrift Shop, El Rancho Poodles, or the local police station. You will receive a rebate certificate of $40 for each female,and $30 for each male, sterilized under the program. The SCHS pet sterilization program has a yearly budget of over $10,000. It is funded, in part, by Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe.
2) THE SPAY-A-STRAY PROGRAM covers the entire costs of sterilizing five or more stray or feral cats each
month, using the "Trap-Neuter-Return" method pioneered by Alley Cat Allies. Cats sterilized under this program must have a safe environment to return to after sterilization. Currently, the Society is in the process of sterilizing entire colonies of stray cats in several areas within the community. It is through contributions
earmarked for this gigantic effort that the Society is able to keep this most important program financially stable.
3) THE ADOPT-A-CLASSROOM PROGRAM was introduced in 1995. From 10 to 32 elementary classrooms
voluntarily participate each year. This program comes to our Society from the Humane Society of the United States. Each student receive KIND NEWS, a newspaper and geared to each classroom's level of comprehension. Sierra County Humane Society volunteers make regular visits to elementary classrooms, often with a pet from Desert Haven Animal Refuge. Video tapes on animal care, on cruelty to animals, or on the need for spaying or neutering a pet, are made available throughout the school year to interested teachers. Pet care packages, literature and pet coloring books are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis, as long as adequate funding is raised each year. We also provide books and magazine subscriptions for our local high school and public libraries.
Call us at 575-894-1694 or email weR4Pets@gmail.com to ask about adopting a pet or for more information on any of the programs of the Sierra County Humane Society or Desert haven Animal Refuge.
HOW DO WE COVER THE GROWING COSTS OF DESERT HAVEN ANIMAL REFUGE AND OTHER PROGRAMS?
It costs an average of $200.00 to ready each animal for adoption, sometimes much more for animals needing
special medical attention. We receive no financial help from government entities, local or otherwise. All our funding
comes from personal and corporate contributions. We hold a number of fund raising events each year to keep our
non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization financially stable.
To continue our mission, we rely on:
1) PROFITS from PAWS & CLAWS THRIFT SHOPPE
2) REVENUES from DESERT HAVEN RV PARK
3) YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS, small or large, allow us to keep our 200+ animals and birds healthy and happy in a home-like environment. You may donate on-line using PayPal's secure server (even if you don't have a PayPal account).
We can always use donations of paper products, cleaning supplies, Clorox bleach, etc. at Desert Haven.