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Anonymous donor starts endowment for Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary


An endowment to benefit Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary (SHAS) has been set up in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (CFSNM), the foundation said in a news release.

“Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary celebrates our 25th anniversary this year and we are overjoyed to receive news of this endowment,” SHAS Executive Director Laura O’Connor said. “Funds from the endowment will help us to provide care to the homeless cats and dogs that reside at our no-kill sanctuary as they await adoption. Our thrift store is our main source of revenue and has been operating at a limited capacity for the last year due to the pandemic. While our revenues have been down, our veterinary bills have been steadily increasing, so this endowment is greatly appreciated.”

SHAS is the largest no-kill sanctuary in Doña Ana County, the news release said. With three-acres, it can house up to 45 dogs and 35 cats and it seeks permanent homes for abandoned animals.

Founded in 1996, SHAS is a nonprofit that depends on the generosity of the community, CFSNM said.

“Working with donors to connect their passions with giving is the joy of working with CFSNM,” said foundation President and CEO Terra V. Winter. The SHAS donor family is “passionate about no-kill animal shelters and supporting women and children out of domestic violence situations. An additional endowment has been set up for the Roswell Humane Society in Chaves County and several grants have been awarded to domestic violence shelters throughout Doña Ana, Lincoln and Chaves counties.”

There are many options to donate to SHAS, CFSNM said, including the SHAS thrift store, 840-D El Paseo Road in Las Cruces, a wish list on the SHAS website and dry or canned pet food that can be delivered to the thrift store.

To donate to SHAS endowment, visit http://bit.ly/safehaven25.

 Also visit https://shaspets.com/

 and www.communityfoundationofsouthernnewmexico.com.