Here at Desert Haven, the no-kill companion animal sanctuary in our area of the Desert Southwest, it is heartwarming to have the unique opportunity to make a difference – often between Life and Death – in the life of each and every furry little one we are able to rescue.

Several weeks ago, a sweet little Chihuahua named Pinion lost his beloved human. The elderly lady’s grieving daughter, Melanie, was tasked with helping find Pinion a new home. Several challenges were standing in the way: Pinion had lived his entire life by the side of the one and only human he knew. Consequently, he was never socialized. Melanie reached out to us for help. We worked with her and Pinion, to assess and improve his adoptability. A smart little fur-boy, he soon learned new skills and great behaviors and his sweet personality came through.

Melanie cared for him while we listed Pinion on our page as part of our SCHS Adopt-a-Pet Referral program. It was Teamwork at its best. Thanks to Michael, the volunteer Dog Trainer at Desert Haven, Adoption Coordinator Greta and other DHAR team members, together with Melanie’s loving concern and care of her mom’s dog, Pinion has now found a wonderful new home. A happy ending to a story that could have ended on a very sad note for the fur-boy. Interested in accessing our Adopt-a-Pet Referral program? Contact us at 575-894-1694. State your name and phone number very clearly and twice. Our volunteer staff mans this phone during our Office Hours every Tuesday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Through this very effective program, we currently have several of our community members’ cats and dogs listed for adoption on,  courtesy of Sierra County Humane Society. There are no adoption fees when adopting from this program. Currently listed on the program: Linda’s two felines – Tiny Tater Tot and Grayble. Linda can be reached at 432-381-9995. Bud needs to re-home his dogs Bandit and Smokey. Dial 575-267-4399 to speak with Bud.

This week’s wish list: Canned and dry kitten food. Connect with us at or 575-894-2639, also at SCHS & Desert Haven Animal Refuge, PO BOX 638, Williamsburg, NM 87942. Chat with us at  Visit us at to click on our donate button if you wish like to make a contribution via Paypal. Together, we make a difference.    


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PO Box 638
Williamsburg, NM 87942

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