Desert Animal Companions of the Navajo Nation

Tuba City Humane Society

Tuba City Humane Society is a nonprofit organization founded in May, 1994, by a small group of community members who were concerned about the overpopulation problem of dogs and cats roaming the community.

Our objectives are: to rescue as many stray dogs and cats as our resources will allow and to bring them to a state of health for adoption; encourage and educate the community on the importance of immunizations and spay/neuter surgery for their pets; educate the community on the proper care and training of their pets.

May, 2012
We are again asking for donations in order to keep our ongoing efforts of controlling the animal overpopulation, injured and unwanted animals on the Hopi and Navajo reservations. Last year we rescued 85 dogs and cats, 67 were adopted and 18 euthanized because of untreatable injuries or sickness. All rescues went to good homes thanks to being contacted by a rescue in Glendale, Az. In April. All rescues are rehabilitated (treated for starvation, mange, parvovirus, dewormed etc…), spayed, neutered and given their vaccines before they leave. The rescue has been impressed with the health and quality of our animals so that every 3 weeks we are taking animals to Flag. and meeting them there or taking them directly to Glendale. From there they go to foster homes and usually are adopted within 2 weeks. As an example there was a 2 yr. old collie mix, named Finn, long black and white hair, found and rehabilitated by a nurse at the hospital. He weighed 60 lbs. when we took him to Glendale and was very sweet. He was posted on the internet and a fellow drove up in a new BMW, well dressed and asked to take him running with him. He came back from the run, filled out the paper work and Finn jumped onto the leather seats in his car. It sure feels good when you hear these stories. The TCHS spends a lot of money on rescues and we are not reimbursed for any of our time or mileage. We are strictly volunteer. The rescue in Glendale does reimburse part of expenditures. When they adopt the animals out they send us back part of the adoption fees which added to the donations we receive have made it possible to save so many more animals than ever before.

We work in conjunction with the Desert View Mobile Vet Clinic, (Dr Carol Holgate and her husband Elward Holgate). We are so fortunate to have a veterinarian here in town. They are really the ones that have made us so successful. Since we have no facility they kennel the animals at their place until they are adopted. Animal Control in Tuba euthanizes 150 to 300 dogs a month. The option of spay/neuter surgeries offered by DVMVC has made a difference in the number of unwanted, stray and abandoned animals wandering the streets of our communities.

Another success last year was getting a full pallet of dog food from Best Friends in Utah last February. We called every pet food producer but were turned down, they have too many requests. The food was used up in Nov. so I am trying to get food from Purina Mills in Flagstaff. I call every week and hope that the squeaky wheel gets heard. No word yet after 3 mo and they won’t tell you anything when you call.

Because of the economy personal donations were down and we were only able to get a grant for $2,000.00, which was $3,500.00 less than 2010. In spite of that we were able to spay or neuter almost 40 dogs and cats at no cost to the owners but they paid for vaccines. We also used donations to offset the grant.

Thanks again for your support and we hope that in 2012 we will be able to adopt and spay/neuter many more animals.

So far this year we have rescued 66 dogs, 7 had to be euthanized and 59 have or are being adopted through Noah's Ark Animal Rescue.

Sylvia Moore

People who live in the region are welcome to support our efforts in these ways:

  • Adopt a dog
  • Become part of our foster network, helping to love, care for, and socialize a dog available for adoption
  • Donate money or services