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Homeless and Injured Animal Rescue

Rescue of stray, emaciated, injured, sick or starving animals.

perdue3_intake070816There are a lot of stray dogs on the Navajo Nation and very few veterinary clinics, with few resources for spay/neuter surgeries. There is a high prevalence of Parvo/Distemper, especially in vulnerable puppies, brown dog ticks, tick-related diseases, untreated injuries, abandoned and emaciated animals, sarcoptic mange, and other diseases common in areas with a lot of stray dogs. There are a lot of suffering animals and very little to no infrastructure to address these issues.

All of our rescued animals receive veterinary care, provided by our main service provider, Desert View Veterinary Clinic, in Tuba City, with Dr. Carol Holgate. Veterinary costs of rescue are mainly funded through donations from the public, with some assistance of grant funds. The average veterinary cost for each rescued animal is $155. (2015-16). Adoption fees partially offset our costs and enable us to continue to rescue.

Every year we apply for grants in order to provide a program of subsidized low-cost spay/neuter services to the public in Tuba City. In the past, we have been very fortunate to receive grant funding from the Tuba City Community Fund and, which has enabled us to offer this program. We have been offering this program year-round for the last several years. Low-cost spay/neuter services are offered to the public in Tuba City and surrounding areas from more mobile providers than in the past, and there is a collaborative calendar of these servicse at

Desert View Veterinary Clinic, north Tuba City

Dr. Carol Holgate, DVM, and her husband Elward Holgate


Low-cost spay/neuter services are one of the primary tools to reduce animal overpopulation and combat pet homelessness. If you would like to donate to our fund and earmark funds for these programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

No Mommas Left Behind

A few years ago we began receiving requests from owners to take in litters of puppies or kittens. When we take in a litter, we make arrangements first to get the momma dog or cat spayed. The “No Mommas Left Behind” program is for funding the spay of owned momma dogs and cats, when we take in a litter of puppies or kittens, and if the owner cannot afford the spay surgery.

Low-Cost Accessible Mobile Spay/Neuter and Vaccination Clinics

In 2021, we began sponsoring mobile clinics with The Parker Project, who bring very low-cost mobile spay/neuter and vaccination clinics to Tuba City. They do fill up way ahead. Schedule your pet online at The Parker Project web site, by clicking on the Schedule Appointment button near the top.

Acess to Basic Veterinary Care

In 2021 we received grant funds to assist owners with basic veterinary care. We have since applied for other grants, and we have been able to continue with this program, as funds allow, with Dr. Holgate at Desert View Veterinary Clinic in Tuba City.