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.

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.

Bogey

Bogey

Male2 years oldMicrochipNeuteredVaccines

Bogey a stray foundon the streets, is a small, high-energy dog in need of plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. He is alert, and his lively energy and zest for life can infuse a home with abundant fun and excitement.

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.

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.

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.

KaCee

KaCee

female2 years old17 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

KaCee, a pug mix, adores chew toys, snuggling, and running around. With proper introductions, she can get along well with other dogs and cats. KaCee spent two weeks alone in the desert before being rescued, and she has special needs due to radial paralysis in her right front leg. However, this doesn't hinder her from enjoying zooms and running around.

Kit

Kit

Female4 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Discovered in a bush during cold weather after her mother's tragic accident, Kit, though losing her parent, has blossomed into a vocal and affectionate cat. She enjoys cuddling and exploring her surroundings.

Lucy

Lucy

Female3 years old4 lbsMicrochipSpayedVaccines

3-year-old tabby was rescued by a Good Samaritian following Hurricane Hilary. She gave birth to 6 kittens a fews days later, all whom have been adopted. Now it is Lucy's turn to find her furever home. Lucy is a great listener. She can be shy, but will come out of her shell once she is familiar and will be your best companion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sky

Sky

Female3 months oldMicrochipSpayedVaccines

Sky was abandoned by a breeder. She is an independent and playful pup who enjoys romping around with other dogs and basking in the sun outdoors. With her boundless energy, she is a delightful bundle of joy.

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.