Change makers tackle dog issue in Tuba City: Second graders search for solutions to stray dog issue on Navajo Reservation

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — Students in Leslie Hosteen’s second grade class, inspired by the non-fiction book Change Maker, a story about kids who are making a difference in the world, decided to become change makers themselves.

Article published in the Navajo-Hopi Observer on April 18, 2017, by Katherine Locke/NHO. See it online here.

Thank you, students and teacher Mr. Hosteen, for trying to create positive change and encourage responsible pet ownership and care!

Raffle to Benefit Tuba City Humane Society

An Opportunity to Win Custom Art with Your Tuba City Humane Society Benefit Raffle Ticket!
The winning ticket holder will receive a custom 8 X 10″ oil painting, of their own pet, created by Lee Mitchelson. Good photos of your pet will be required. Lee is a member of Oil Painters of America, has illustrated three hardcover books, and is represented by Goldenstein Art in Sedona. Her art is in collections in eleven countries.

It has been said that Lee’s animal art “shimmers with life,” and if so, it is because her whole life has been dedicated to her love and understanding of animals and her desire to protect them from harm.

Lee says, “Please support Tuba City Humane Society (TCHS) in their efforts to bring animals to safety from desperate situations, and to give them kindness, veterinary attention, and both foster and permanent homes. Your purchase of raffle tickets for yourselves and as gifts for other animal lovers helps support TCHS in relieving the suffering of animals.”

Raffle tickets are $3.00 each, and you may purchase as many tickets as you wish. The raffle will end on Monday, May 1, at 4:00 p.m. The raffle drawing will take place on Monday evening, and the raffle winner will be announced on Monday evening by 8:00 p.m. Arizona time.


Low-Cost Spay/Neuter in Tuba City

Thank you to Arizona Pet Friendly License Plate and to the Tuba City Community Fund for awarding grant funds to us, so that we can offer a lower cost spay/neuter program for dogs and cats in Tuba City. Our veterinary service provider, Dr. Carol Holgate, of Desert View Veterinary Clinic, will provide the surgeries. Please contact her directly to schedule an appointment for spay/neuter surgery. Low-cost spay/neuter services are one of the primary tools to reduce animal overpopulation and combat pet homelessness. Please help us spread the word!

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We Need Your Help

eddie_momma_dog092916aIn September, 2016, Tuba City Humane Society helped 42 animals. In August, we helped 37 animals. Many of our animals come into rescue with medical issues that need to be addressed. From mange, to tick disease, some puppies test positive for parvo or giardia or coccidia. Not writing this to scare you, but it is the actual situation for many of our rescues that they require veterinary care, which is expensive, and we at Tuba City Humane Society scramble to raise funds to cover the cost of their care.

The backbone of our organization are people who are willing to foster a dog or cat, puppy or kitten, a litter of puppies, or a momma dog and puppies, whatever fits for the person, as they get to decide who they are willing to foster. We need more foster homes, in both Tuba City and Flagstaff. If you foster an animal for us, we will support your efforts, and walk you through any issues that might arise. Tuba City Humane Society pays for all veterinary care, and we work with veterinarians in both Flagstaff and Tuba City. You provide the love and care. We are very responsive to our foster homes.

kiwi_wpuppies092516If you foster a puppy, in addition to love, you will have to figure out house training, making sure that puppy has access to the outdoors to pee and poop, every few hours. Crate training is recommended, in an area where the puppy can see you, hopefully in your bedroom, or nearby.

When we have foster homes, not only can an animal learn and be socialized to what it is like living in a home environment, but you as the foster will learn a lot about the animal, to help advocate for the best match when it comes time for adoption. Without a foster home, our animals go to the shelters in Flagstaff or other rescue groups to find their forever homes. We are very grateful to our rescue partners. In order to continue rescuing, we have to move animals other places, to have space to take in new animals that need our help.

In addition, all of our animals are provided veterinary care. We depend on your donations to help us pay for veterinary costs.

So you can see, we need your help at every step. The only way we can continue to rescue is with your participation and help. Thank you for supporting the work that we do!