Tijeras animal sanctuary takes in dogs from Harvey disaster area

Colton Shone
September 21, 2017 07:34 PM

TIJERAS, N.M. -- An animal sanctuary in the East Mountains is helping out furry Hurricane Harvey victims. The woman running it needs a little help before she can take in any more.


Sunflower Sanctuary Animal Rescue takes in old animals that come from all parts of the state. But two labs, Harvey and Yellow Rose, are from the Hurricane Harvey disaster zone.

"The Chocolate Lab was chained up, both of them are breeding pair, they did track down the owners and the owner said they didn't want them anymore. They said they might have to euthanize them and they said do what you have to do," executive director Cynthia Dares said.

The dogs had sores, but are now recovering. They're fixed now, too.

Dares knows about disaster first hand. She lived through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

"I had to get out of there because it was pretty bad living there," she said. "So I came here, found this place and felt it was the best place to have a sanctuary for dogs," she said.

It's not cheap. Money's running out and she needs help. She's selling a tiny house that can be moved from her property for $6,900 to continue saving these dogs.

"Anybody could do anything they wanted with it, so if anybody wanted to buy it, they'd have to finish it out. But if a rescue needed it, it'd be great for animals," she said.

For contact information or if you'd like to donate to the organization:

Mailing Address:
25 Clauss Place
Tijeras, NM 87059

Contact Numbers:
Telephone: 505-286-6302
Fax: 505-286-6302


Colton Shone

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