An individual in Deming County, New Mexico, recently came across a big surprise while walking in a remote area. There he found dozens of dogs and cats in makeshift housing, with nobody in the vicinity appearing to be taking care of them.
The cold, hungry dogs and cats clamoring for attention prompted a call to Deming Luna Humane Society. The organization, already at capacity with pets waiting for adoption, put in a call to Best Friends Animal Society.
“Deming Luna Humane Society is a Best Friends network partner, and we work very closely with them. When Crystal, the shelter manager, sent me video of the animals suffering in the desert, I immediately knew we needed to help,” said Ali Waszmer, director of Dogtown at the Sanctuary.
After being seized by Deming Luna Humane Society, 20 of the dogs and seven of the cats were transferred to the Sanctuary the evening of March 6. There were dogs of all ages and sizes, as well as cats and kittens. Some had examples of neglect, such as missing fur and scarring and scabs around the face and body.
Despite their condition, the dogs and cats had great dispositions. “They were all very friendly and so happy to be given attention,” Waszmer said. “Each pet will have a medical intake exam, be given any necessary vaccines, and also be assessed to see if any further veterinary care is necessary.”
After a few weeks, once the staff gets to know the dogs and cats, Best Friends will make them available for adoption. “We’ll help find them great homes,” Waszmer said.
As many other shelters are struggling with high dog and cat populations across the country, Waszmer pointed out how communities can help the pets in their care.
“Contact your local animal welfare organization to see what they need the most,” she said. “If you can, please foster or adopt a pet. Volunteering and donating are also very helpful.”
To adopt or foster your new best friend, visit bestfriends.org. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab.