ISSAC's Story

This is Issac. He lives in Seattle. His Grandparents have a summer home here and support our cause. Issac is 15. On his 9th birthday he asked that people not give him any presents. Instead he wanted them to make a donation to DAPS!  Each summer when he comes to visit he gets together with Jeannie and presents her with his birthday donations. A remarkable young man!  Thank you Issac!


Wow! Busy times!

We had a little dog nearly mauled to death by two big dogs. One of the Jennifers on our board happened to see the big dogs attack! Though she is not very big she has a big voice! She yelled at the dogs to let go and they did! She called me to evaluate his wounds and it was clear he needed immediate attention. Little Perro looks like a mini pitbull. So cute, sweet and funny!  He was dumped a while back, fully vetted and healthy, just a little thin. After he was mauled he spent a night at the vet hospital and came into foster care with drains in a deep bite on his right flank. It didn't slow him down for long! Last week I removed the sutures that were required after the drains were removed. He is still in foster care and doing well.


Kittens, kittens, kittens!!  We had to purchase more traps (donations are more than welcome!) for all of the feral kittens we have to catch! Between Dixon and Velarde we have 4 sites!  We are so grateful for the help from local residents in trapping and feeding all of these babies. One litter is already adopted! The mom, though feral, is very sweet and calm. We believe she was a house cat that ran off. We are looking to find her previous owner before putting her up for adoption.  The other litters are feral and will go to the shelter for socializing, shots and spay/neuter. From there they will either be adopted out as pets or barn cats depending on temperament.

just a note that this photo is not sideways, the kitten is!

just a note that this photo is not sideways, the kitten is!

Momma Bailey is home!

After the puppies went to Colorado Puppy Rescue Bailey was taken tot he vet for spay. Last week she developed an infection behind the incision. A round of antibiotics and daily cleanings had the infection on the run very quickly. I removed her sutures without incident yesterday so she went home today!! She was so happy to see her mom Alicia and brother Julio (not pictured). Our next task is to get Julio in for neuter. As cute as his puppies were we don't want more in the neighborhood.

All Puppies adopted!

We adopted one here in NM to a wonderful dog home in Angel Fire. The other pups went to Colorado puppy rescue and either adopted out on Saturday, 6 of the 7 were. The final pup, Mescal the shy girl will be in the adoption event today.  We hope she gets a great home that has some patience for her shyness. She will blossom once in a home without all the other pups!

Snakes Alive!!

We have been seeing numerous rattle snakes of late! Both Prairie and Diamond Back. Keep pets safe and away from venomous snakes. If they are bitten give Benedryl 1mg/lb of body weight and get to the vet asap!! Try to identify the type of snake so they can give the correct anti-venom. Taos Vet has anti-venom. 575-758-7310.  Taos Vet and Salazar Vet cover after hours emergencies. Call 575-770-3687 if you need assistance after regular hours.


Rough Summer here

We have seen many hit by cars and it is a bad Parvovirus year. Distemper too. They do seem to come in waves though we haven't seen much of either in years past.  All of our traps are out for feral cats. Seeing lots of those too! The puppies are scheduled for transfer to a puppy rescue in CO! They are now 9 weeks, super sweet and getting big!  First vaccines done thanks to our fabulous local vet Dr. Kim! We have 2 Dr. Kims we work with and both out of Salazar Vet in Taos. Kim H. lives here in Dixon and is a godsend! We continue with educating and promoting spay and neuter to keep the unwanted puppy/kitten populations down but it is an uphill battle! At least the ones we save are healthy and will be in good homes where spay/neuter is required. It is a huge undertaking to feed and raise 8 large breed pups! Any donations are so gratefully accepted. Please go to our donate page and give what you can. The puppies say "Thanks!"

Update on Theo, now Winston

Winston is the sweet little black mix breed that showed up at the Pilar Yacht Club a couple of months ago. He walks with a limp  and has an old foot wound.  The owners of PYC took him in ad adopted him!! During his exam they found he has a shattered hip, no ball joint left, and 3 different kinds of bullets in his little body!  We will be receiving the full story soon. But know Winston is fine and much loved! 

Puppies or weeds?

Boy they grow fast! Now at 5 weeks personalities are emerging. Once shy now all demand attention! Shoe chewing is the favorite sport! Weighing in from 3.4 pounds to 7 pounds. The lead is changing paws. Was Jack now Gin Gin. Puppy breathe is sweet, puppy nails not so much! 


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Aurora is in need of a new home!

This is Aurora. She was dumped here 3 years ago and has been the companion to and abused dog but they are no longer able to be fenced together and we are out of room. She is probably OK with cats. She was around them as a pup but not for a couple of years so I'd err on the side of caution! She has not been around children so we don't know. She is generally very quick to learn, sweet, great hiking dog or runner. If she gets out she runs for about an hour and returns home. Generally good with other dogs. If interested call 505-579-4608

Busy busy!

Two puppies with parvo, both will be fine. Two dogs hit by cars. Both will be fine. One cat with a broken foot. Turned out to be an abscess. Neutered, treated, released. He's a free roaming friendly guy but now can't make more free roaming friendly guys! 

Puppies are huge! Some of them any way. Three weeks old today. Eyes and ears open. Starting to explore. Personalities emerging. 

Billy Bob is doing great. We'll see if he's healthy enough to neuter this week. 

Little Fella now has glaucoma in both eyes. Has another appointment this week then may need to see a specialist, no pun intended. 

Puppies, puppies, puppies!

The pups are now twice their birth weight which is exactly as it should be! Eyes will be opening later in the week. Largest male is more than twice the size of the smallest, also male. Looks like a Chihuahua was visiting while momma was in heat. The other pups have large dads who live near by. Momma is doing well! No issues so far. In eight weeks the pups will transfer to Colorado and mom will be spayed. Puppies are a lot of work but so beautiful. We could have aborted but we have a policy of not spaying late term. If you are able to donate to help pay for the care and feeding of this brood please do! 

What a week and it's only Wednesday 5/17

Bailey had her pups. Eight of them; four boys, four girls. At first had to bottle feed as Bailey wasn't producing enough milk but she is now and puppies are growing like weeds. 

Last night we had a goat get caught in a fence.  Since she was making a whole lot of a dog attacked her. She is in the Hospital and we'll see how she does in the next couple of days. 

Little Fella went to the Hospital because he just wasn't himself and his left eye was very irritated. Turns out he had a grass seed in the eye and Glaucoma! We knew he had some bad teeth but he had to have 15 teeth pulled! He will be on soft food from here on out. Such is how it is with an older dog. But what a sweet heart. Antibiotics, two eye meds, pain meds. Oy! If the glaucoma can't be controlled the eye will have to be removed. Might change his name to Captain Jack then! He's home now and doing just fine.