Pets in Shelter

About Us

Desert Paws Sanctuary is committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abandoned animals. Our mission is to establish a sanctuary for these animals while also offering educational resources and support to low-income communities in the area of animal welfare.

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Agnus

Agnus

Female 4 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Agnus is loving but shy. Agnus might need a sibling to help her become more independent. Agnus and her siblings were found behind a mobile home.

Alaska

Alaska

Male6 weeks oldMicrochipNeutered

Alaska and her sibling were found near a shed. They are super fluffy kittens.

Asha

Asha

Female10 year oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Asha, a 10-year-old Staffordshire, spent her entire life as a stray, observed by many in the community. Despite enduring multiple litters and an old injury, likely from a car accident, she recently underwent surgery for tumors and skin cancer. She is affectionate and gets along with dogs of all sizes. She enjoys spending time outdoors. Now in a permanent foster home, please consider making a donation to support her well-being.

Bailey

Bailey

7 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Momma and her litter were found in Mecca, thanks to a nearby neighbor who reached out to us, we were able to provide a safe enviroment for Momma andher kittens so she could nurse them.

Baloo

Baloo

Male6 weeks oldMicrochipNeutered

Baloo is a grey, beautiful fluffy kitten. He and his sibling were found near a shed.

Bernadette

Bernadette

Female4 months old12 pounds lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Bernadette and her two siblings were rescued from a hoarding situation. As a puppy, she loves to sleep and be a couch potato, as well as chase her siblings. She is a love bug. Currently, she is working on her social skills and leash training.

Blueberry

Blueberry

Female4 months old4 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

After being surrendered by her owner following the loss of one of her siblings, Blueberry and her remaining two siblings were taken for medical treatment. We are pleased to share that Blueberry has made a full recovery and is now ready to be placed in her forever home. Blueberry is a playful and affectionate pup, known for her love of climbing. She is gentle and enjoys giving kisses.

Buster

Buster

Male11 years old20 pounds lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Buster was originally supposed to stay with us while his owner underwent hip surgery. Unfortunately, his owner did not return home, leaving Buster alone. Buster is an 11-year-old Poodle who would thrive as the only dog in the household. He previously lived with two cats and gets along well with feline companions. Buster is healthy, loves to cuddle, and is both potty and crate trained.

Buster 2

Buster 2

Male3 years old18 pounds lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Buster is a 3-year-old male Pug with a sweet and handsome demeanor. He is playful and gets along well with other dogs, quickly fitting into any pack. Buster loves his toys and can entertain himself throughout the day. He is potty trained and sleeps through the night in his crate. He enjoys being around people and is a big cuddle bug. His sweet and funny nature makes us laugh every day. Buster is truly the total package!

Calie

Calie

Female6 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Three siblings were found dumped inside a dumpster in Thousand Palms. A good samaritans contacted us for their rescue.

Canelita

Canelita

Female2 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Despite challenges and the loss of an eye, Canelita remains a resilient and sweet kitten. Her heartwarming journey includes overcoming initial shyness to reveal a playful nature. Rescued from a high-kill shelter alongside her sister Marshmallow, both escaped the euthanized list, and Marshmallow has been a steadfast companion throughout.

Charlotte

Charlotte

Female1 year old25 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Charlotte was discovered as a stray and has a playful spirit. She enjoys the company of other dogs and is quite athletic. Charlotte is a real sweetheart who is sure to bring a smile to your face, she is a gentle soul.

Cheddar

Cheddar

Female5 weeks old2 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Momma and her litter were found in Mecca, thanks to a nearby neighbor who reached out to us, we were able to provide a safe enviroment for Momma andher kittens so she could nurse them.

Cricket

Cricket

Female3 years old30 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Cricket was found pregnant while roaming as a stray, giving birth to several litters during that time. She is affectionate, enjoys companionship with other dogs, and has a sweet temperament. Cricket is notably calm, and she loves listening to classical music while resting. Currently, she is undergoing leash training due to her past life as a stray.

Danny

Danny

Male6 weeks oldMicrochipNeutered

Three siblings were found dumped inside a dumpster in Thousand Palms. A good samaritans contacted us for their rescue.

Elora

Elora

Female6 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccinesSpecial Needs

Elora, a Terrier/Shepard mix, entered the world with paralyzed front legs, but her affectionate nature shines through. Embracing her unique requirements, she flourishes with patience and empathy, bringing boundless joy, love, and appreciation to those who embrace her presence.

Gouda

Gouda

7 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Momma and her litter were found in Mecca, thanks to a nearby neighbor who reached out to us, we were able to provide a safe enviroment for Momma andher kittens so she could nurse them.

Gus

Gus

Male3 years oldMicrochipNeuteredVaccinesSpecial Needs

Gus is a delightful companion with a gentle disposition. His transition from fearful to content reveals his trusting nature. The fact that he enjoys the company of other dogs and is non-reactive towards cats adds to his charm. Gus’s love for sunny spots and preference for soft chews make his personality even more endearing. A happy, leash-trained, and crate-trained friend, he seems like a wonderful addition to a calm and caring home. While Gus has a heart murmur and doesn't require medication, providing him with a serene environment is essential for his well-being and growth.

Janet

Janet

Female4 years oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Janet, a red-listed foxhound rescued from a high-kill shelter, initially shows fear, but once she bonds with you, she becomes incredibly loyal. Currently residing at a ranch, she enjoys the company of various animals, which helps her overcome her timid and fearful nature.

Kallie

Kallie

Female5 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Pups were relinquished on the day of our adoption event on 5/11 they were abandoned near a mobile home out in Indio Hills.

Kevin

Kevin

Male3 months old5 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

We received Kevin’s mother as a surrender to our organization. Shortly afterward, she had a litter of four puppies, one of which is Kevin. Kevin is known for his playful yet shy demeanor. He requires guidance to overcome his fear of the world. Currently, he is in the process of learning potty training.

Luna

Luna

Female5 weeks old2 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Marlow

Marlow

Male2.5 years old55 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Marlow is a bundle of energy who showed up at Natalie's doorstep and never left. He's a big fan of tug-of-war and gets along great with larger dogs. Oh, and if he rolls his eyes at you, don't worry—that's just his cute way of saying he's had enough play for now.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Female3 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Initially shy, Marshmallow is poised to thrive in her new home with patience and understanding. Rescued alongside her sister from a high-kill shelter, they narrowly escaped the euthanized list.

Marvel

Marvel

Male7 years old10 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccinesSpecial Needs

With the help of a kindhearted Good Samaritan, we were able to capture and save Marvel. This name suits him well as he demonstrates a remarkable will to live. Marvel was discovered paralyzed with three open wounds on his hind end and was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae. Despite his challenging situation, he remains a cheerful and lively dog who is eager to share his love and kisses with everyone around him. Marvel enjoys being cuddled and gets along well with both dogs and cats.

Neptune

Neptune

Female4 months old16 pounds lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Olive

Olive

Female3 years old60 lbsMicrochipSpayed

Olive, a gentle spirit with mesmerizing eyes, has known the hardships of life but remains loving and grateful. Every pet is a blessing for her. Children and adults alike will find a tender companion in Olive, a testament to the power of resilience and love.

Oreo

Oreo

Male9 weeks old old1 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Oreo and her sibling were found near a trailer home by two young highschoolers who thanks to them they survived. They bottled-fed the kittens but once they turned four weeks old they could no longer keep them due to financial hardship.

Penny

Penny

Female5 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Pups were relinquished on the day of our adoption event on 5/11 they were abandoned near a mobile home out in Indio Hills.

Pickles

Pickles

Male4 years old16 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Pickles, a calm and gentle male, was discovered as a stray close to a Walmart. Initially reserved, he quickly becomes friendly once acquainted. Estimated to be around 4 or 5 years old by the vet, he enjoys the company of both dogs and people. He is leash-trained and sleeps in his crate at night. Pickles adores cuddling and would be a fantastic companion. Additionally, he has been neutered and microchipped.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Male6 weeks oldMicrochipNeutered

Three siblings were found dumped inside a dumpster in Thousand Palms. A good samaritans contacted us for their rescue.

Rocco

Rocco

Male4 Years old40 pounds lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Ruby

Ruby

Female4 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Ruby is a loving and shy kitten who will need a sibling to get her out of her shell. She needs an owner who is patient with her. Agnus and her siblings were found behind a mobile home.

Sandy

Sandy

Female7 weeks oldMicrochipSpayed

Sandy was found near a feral colony, she may have been dumped there. She is a sweetheart, very pretty and friendly.

Sarabi

Sarabi

Female

Owner Surrender

Shrimp

Shrimp

Male4 months oldMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Shrimp is a loving kitten who will love you unconditionally. Shrimp might need a sibling to keep him company. Shrimp and his siblings were found behind a mobile home.

Snowball

Snowball

Female9 weeks old old2.5 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Snowball and her sibling were found near a trailer home by two young highschoolers who thanks to them they survived. They bottled-fed the kittens but once they turned four weeks old they could no longer keep them due to financial hardship.

Spot

Spot

Male1.5 years old25 lbsMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Meet Spot, a confident adventurer who loves attention! Once a survivor living near a casino, Spot is now looking for a forever home where he can be the star of the show. He's independent but would love to join you for some quality couch and TV time.

Meet the Team

Get to know the dedicated board members who make our work possible.

Laura Morales

Laura Morales

Chief Executive Officer

Laura Morales holds a BA in Sociology from Pitzer College and a Master's in Guidance and Counseling. Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, she was deeply impacted by the issue of stray dogs in the community. After adopting a boxer mix named Bailey, Laura, alongside her husband Alberto, began dedicating her time to rescuing animals. They have helped over one hundred animals and continue to advocate for abandoned dogs.

Natalie Rivera

Natalie Rivera

Vice President

Natalie Rivera is a Licensed Vocational Nurse from the Coachella Valley. Her passion for animal rescue began at age 4, encouraged by her father who set up feeding stations for strays. As an adult, she continues her father's legacy by rescuing animals and setting up feeding stations, often involving her children in these efforts. Natalie has helped hundreds of animals and is committed to being a voice for the helpless.

Alberto Morales

Alberto Morales

Secretary

Alberto Morales has always been an animal lover, inspired by his father who often brought home stray dogs. After marrying Laura, his commitment to animal rescue deepened, especially after the loss of their 13-year-old dog, Kobe. Residing in the Coachella Valley for 16 years, Alberto focuses on search and rescue efforts for stray dogs and aims to rehabilitate them for adoption. He believes that community involvement is key to preventing animal suffering.

Yesenia Reynoso

Yesenia Reynoso

Chief Financial Officer

Yesenia Reynoso graduated from the University of Redlands with a degree in Accounting and was brought up in the Coachella Valley. Witnessing the plight of stray dogs in her community led her to make a promise to give back. She is committed to creating a community of foster caregivers for neglected and abandoned animals. Yesenia believes that all dogs deserve love and a safe haven, a belief she practices with her own two fur babies.