Desert Paws Animal Rescue

It takes one person to abandon an animal.
It takes a community to get that pet adopted.

Desert Paws is a New Mexico non-profit, no-kill animal rescue and adoption service. We foster pets who are abandoned or are at risk of being killed at local animal shelters. We also work with families to KEEP their family pets. If a pet must be re-homed due to death/illness of owner, we help re-home the pet and avoid shelter placement. We believe in the no-kill concept. We are an all-volunteer organization and 100% of your donations go towards pet food and medical care.


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Welcome Desert Paws Friends !

December 19, 2016

Desert Paws Animal Rescue of New Mexico is a foster-based, 501(c)3 non-profit, volunteer rescue organization that has an open door admission for abandoned, homeless, unwanted and injured dogs and cats from the Cochiti Pueblo. We have a  very successful working relationship with the Pueblo de Cochiti government and over the years have made many friends of tribal members we have worked with in helping tribal animals. We also continue to offer help to tribal members’ pets of the San Felipe and Santo Domingo reservations and admit unwanted dogs and puppies from these tribes also.  We are a place of hope and transition for homeless tribal animals in need of help and refuge who otherwise would perish: The abandoned, the abused, the sick, the old and the suffering. The organization is founded and directed by Raymond Sandor and Krystyn Bleda who reside in the town of Cochiti Lake, NM on the Cochiti Indian reservation.

The organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit and tax-exempt,our Fed ID number is 27-1097015. Raymond and Krystyn and all of our Desert Paws Board and Team members work hands on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without any salary or compensation. Together with a tribal officer we manage an outdoor holding kennel at Cochiti Pueblo  and work with numerous foster families in the Abq/Santa Fe/Los Alamos area that are the foundation of our rescue. We also developed and run a DOOR2DOOR tribal spay/neuter program for all 3 Pueblos where we transport tribal animals to and from to our veterinarian for procedures several days each week. We have also started this year a PETS4SENIORS program so that cats in our care and seniors (humans :-)) can enjoy companionship together while engaging the extended families.

Adoption Events

Our events are usually on Saturdays in Abq, Santa Fe and Los Alamos!

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