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.
Desert Haven 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. Eliana Aubin co-founded the Sierra
County Humane Society in 1989 and currently serves as President.
Eliana Aubin with Shadow
OUR MISSION: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Relief of Animal Suffering
Extension of Humane Education
OUR CURRENT ADOPTION FEES range from $90 - $125 for cats or dogs, depending on age. (We do not adopt
out birds or other animals.) Each pet is vet-checked, spayed or neutered, and brought up-to-date on shots.
If you adopt another pet at the same time, the adoption fee is discounted $20 for the second animal because we
believe "Life is better with a buddy!" We are careful to whom we adopt our companion animals. Questionnaires are
NOT PHYSICALLY ABLE TO ADOPT a companion animal but willing to make a difference in his/her life? Your
generous contribution will give a homeless pet another "leash on life" at Desert Haven Animal Refuge. You may
donate on-line using PayPal's secure server (even if you don't have a PayPal account) by clicking this button.
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 at Paws & Claws Thrift Shoppe, 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 National Association of Humane and
Environmental Education (NAHEE). Each student receive KIND NEWS, a newspaper published by the NAHEE and
geared to each classroom's level of comprehension. 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.
HOW DO WE COVER THE GROWING COSTS OF DESERT HAVEN ANIMAL REFUGE and our 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) by clicking the DONATE button below.
$25will buy a bale of alfalfa for our rabbits and guinea pigs
$35 will feed the residents of Birdland & Animal House for one week
$50 will cover the major vaccinations of one rescued dog or cat
$50 will feed all the residents of the Cool Cat Neighborhood for one week
$50 will cover the sterilization costs of one rescued cat or dog
$80 will feed the dogs of Dog Town for one week
4) USE GOODSEARCH.COM WHEN YOU SEARCH OR SHOP THE INTERNET!
* Search the web with GoodSearch.com and each time you do a search, GoodSearch will donate a penny to our
* Shop online at GoodShop.com and a percentage of each purchase will be donated to our cause! More than 600 top
stores are participating including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy and more!
PLEASE SELECT "SIERRA COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY" AS YOUR CAUSE!
5) OTHER SOURCES: Very modest membership fees, tax exempt contributions from private parties, and local
fraternal and service organizations under our 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
Contact us at 575-894-1694 or email Eliana Aubin 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.
Click here for a list of pets at this sanctuary
Desert Haven Animal Refuge
|DESERT HAVEN ANIMAL REFUGE
PO Box 638
Williamsburg, New Mexico 87942
SIERRA COUNTY'S NO-KILL DOMESTIC ANIMAL SANCTUARY
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