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Some Happy Tales from 2012

Tamara Martin with foster pupTamara Martin, past president of Blackhat, holding a rez foster pup, who is learning what it feels like to be loved and cared for.


Tamara Martin's foster pup

Chica nap timeChica was found living by a dumpster in Thoreau, N.M. She is now living the good life in Arizona.


Rescued pup Rex in his kennelLittle Rex was rescued from in front of the post office in Chinle almost a year ago. He was being kicked around by a very unhappy person who took pleasure in tormenting him. Rex hit the jackpot when he was adopted by a young couple in Durango.


Rescued pup Rex with his adopters

July, 2012

Soul Dog Rescue completed 3 days of high volume/high quality spay/neuter clinics in Crowpoint and Chinle on June 22-24......195 animals were spayed or neutered, and over 110 of them were larger female dogs!!!! Two awesome vets participated, one from AZ and one from IL and an amazing team of about 15 techs and animal handlers! This was Soul Dogs first time working in Crownpoint and they found the need is huge! Soul Dog also transported out 32 animals to the Denver-area for adoption, spent hours crawling under abandoned trailers and porches to capture feral puppies and a dog with a bone lodged in its mouth, was 100 degrees outside! Thanks to everybody for continuing to bust their tails to make a huge difference for so many people and animals! Here are a few photos from the very long days that vets and vet techs and volunteers put in. Please go to Soul Dog's Facebook page where you can view many more photos from the clinics and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts in our communities.

Soul Dog June 2012 Chinle spay/neuter clinic
Soul Dog June 2012 Chinle spay/neuter clinic
Soul Dog June 2012 Chinle spay/neuter clinic

2012 Crownpoint Dog Show!

Crownpoint Dog Show was held on Saturday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. at OLD Crownpoint Community School Housing. Download the flyer. See photos from a previous year's dog show here.

CAWL Chinle spay/neuter clinic

Thank you to the Colorado Animal Welfare League (CAWL) for providing a high-volume, high-quality spay/neuter mash style clinic in Chinle, on November 19-20, 2011!

160 animals received services on that weekend. Find out more about the very imporant and needed services and education that CAWL is bringing to several communities including Shiprock and Chinle. Here is an article on the CAWL web site. And here is one on the ASPCA web site about the same program. Thank you veterinarians, and volunteers!
CAWL Chinle spay/neuter clinic
>CAWL Chinle spay/neuter clinic

2012 Dogs of the Navajo Calendar!

2012 Dogs of the Navajo CalendarMore dogs! More stories! More info! Nice big squares to write in! The 2012 calendar is here! Great Christmas gifts!

Send a check for $15, made out to Blackhat Humane Society, to Dogs of the Navajo, P.O. Box 3843, Chinle, Az, 86503.

All proceeds benefit the Blackhat Humane Society, which fosters, vaccinates, spays/neuters and places rescued strays from the Navajo Nation.

Read a wonderful story about a meeting with a Rez dog, published in the Buffalo News on October 25, 2011, which also mentions the new 2012 Dogs of the Navajo calendar. Read the story online here.

The work of Blackhat Humane Society has been featured in an article published September 14, 2011, in the Gallup Independent. You can see a pdf of the article here.

Blackhat Humane in the news: in an article entitled Too Many Animals Still Roam the Navajo Reservation, by Michelle Tirado, published on February 25, 2011, in the American Indian Report.

Blackhat Humane in High Desert Dog Magazine!

Blackhat Humane in High Desert Dog magazine

Nice article on our calendars, and also on Scruffy, in December's High Desert Dog mmagazine! This folksy publication has been very supportive of adoption programs in northern New Mexico.

Blackhat Humane participated in Animal Humane's 28th annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle in ABQ

Event took place on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park, 4401 Alameda N.E. This is Animal Humane's largest fundraiser and helps raise funds for the pet residents at Animal Humane while bringing the community together for fun, exercise, food, entertainment, and dogs! Come and join the tradition.

Mary Vitt, a Blackhat Humane volunteer will be at a booth with information on the great dogs and cats available for adoption through Blackhat H.S. that are seeking permanent loving homes.

For more information on the Doggie Dash & Dawdle please see the Animal Humane web site or register for the race here.

Rez Dog Biographies

Rez Dog Biographies show at KACC
On Saturday, September 18, there was a showing of photographer Steven Sable's images of Rez Dog Biographies, at the new Kayenta Animal Care Center (KACC) building. The show was to benefit KACC and Blackhat Humane Society. KACC will be opening it's doors to animals sometime later this year.

The Blackhat benefit concert in Albuquerque was a huge success!

More than 150 people enjoyed a spectacular evening of music, many inquired about our work, and $1,300 was raised! Many thanks to Jerome Jim, Checky Okun and Amy Greer for donating their talent and organizing this wonderful event, and to the family of Klayton Cory Jim for allowing it to be held in his honor. If you didn't get a chance to go, Jerome will be performing in Gallup Oct. 2. Let's all go and support this big-hearted Navajo artist!

Crownpoint All Mutt Dog Show a Big Success!

Crownpoint Mutt Show
The 9th Annual Crownpoint All Mutt Dog Show took place on April 17, 2010, and here are some photos of the day. Mary Vitt, a long time rescuer for Blackhat, organized the event once again. There were prizes for the "funniest ears", the "loudest bark", the "best trick" and many more. The day was warm and sunny. Everyone won a ribbon and a dog toy or two!

The Mutt Show is always exciting because you never know who will show up, thus prizes are given for some unusual talents like, "longest nose", "shiniest coat"," funniest tail" and "Stupidest Pet Trick". A few volunteers show up from Blackhat Humane Society to give away puppy vaccinations and dog toys, and a howling good time is had by all!

See more photos from the Mutt Show!

Blackhat Fundraiser Supports our Spay/Neuter Clinics!

Rez Dog Rendezvous 2010
The Rez Dog Rendezvous was a huge success and a wonderful night of good food and great music. The Apple Dumpling Restaurant in Chambers, AZ opened its doors for the Blackhat crew. For those of you who have never been there, the restaurant is decorated with an Old West theme, right down to the cowboy boots on every table leg. Music was provided by Doc Holliday and the Chainsaw Bears (singing "Rez Dog".) Cindy Yurth made all the arrangements and Bro John and the St Anne's Mission provided the awesome raffle prizes. Chris Cape's daughter, Alisha, won the Churro sheep! We raised over $500 which will help fund our next spay/neuter clinic. Thank you Cindy, you are a very special friend to the rez dogs!

See more photos from this event.

Read an article in the Gallup Independent about the Crownpoint All-Mutt Dog Show, which took place on Saturday, April 18, 2009. This community event is the brainchild of Mary Vitt, an audiologist and photographer who also fosters for Blackhat Humane, and has lived in Crownpoint for eight years.

Blackhat Fundraiser Supports our Spay/Neuter Clinics!

Blackhat Fundraiser at Iggys

On Sept 27th, 2008, over 50 Blackhat Humane Society members came together for a dinner/concert fundraiser at Iggy's Restaurant in St Johns, AZ. Music was provided by The Chainsaw Bears, a folk/bluegrass band originating in Chinle, AZ. A spaghetti dinner with all the trimmings was provided by Karen Hansen, owner of Iggy's Country Cooking. A raffle was held with prizes including a handmade quilt donated by Paula Williams, a prize Churro sheep donated by St Anne's Catholic Church in Klagetoh and beautiful pet baskets donated by Lori and Dave Peabody from C & M Kennel in St Johns. The benefit raised well over $1,000 which will be used to spay/neuter and vaccinate approximately 40 animals from the Navajo Nation. Thanks to all who participated and donated their time and energy to make this fundraiser a success!

Read an article from the Gallup Independent about our recent Blackhat fundraiser at Iggy's, and what Blackhat Humane is all about.

Thank you to Cindy Yurth for her series of articles in the Navajo Times in August, 2007, about the serious problem of thousands of stray dogs on the Navajo Nation. You can read these articles online. Part 1, Rez Littered with Stray Dogs. Part 2, The Lucky Ones.

The veterinarians at Cedar Animal Hospital in Gallup have partnered with Blackhat Humane Society to reach out to the animals and people of the Navajo Nation. Generous donations from Blackhat supporters have enabled us to finance spay/neuter services for folks on the reservation who could never have afforded to have their animals fixed. Approximately every 6 weeks, Doctors Tess Langham, Cody Balok and Jessica Balok perform surgery on 40 animals. It is rewarding to see the affection that the owners have for their aniamls as well as the gratitude they show to the Blackhat volunteers who inform each owner of their animals progress throughout surgery and recovery. Thank you to the hardworking vets and vet techs of Cedar Animal Hospital in Gallup!

In 2008 we rescued 312 dogs, 48 cats, 4 horses and 6 chickens. In 2007, we made a difference in the lives of 268 dogs, 52 cats 1 burro and 2 horses. In 2006, Blackhat found homes for 234 dogs, 48 cats and 3 horses. In 2005, Blackhat Humane made a difference in the lives of 218 dogs, 64 cats, 2 horses and a rabbit.

In 2004, Blackhat Humane rescued and placed 248 dogs, 50 cats, 1 baby horse, 3 donkeys and two quail. Blackhat is always looking for more partnerships with other no-kill rescue groups or shelters who may live in areas with a larger population that can help us get our animals adopted into loving, forever homes. Please contact Tamara Martin to help us fulfill our mission of helping strays from the Navajo Nation.

In the summer of 2004, Blackhat Humane took part in a collaboration of groups involved in rescuing and reclaiming dogs from a Navajo Nation Animal Control roundup in Kayenta. The dogs were brought to Tuba City shelter. Blackhat accepted some of these dogs for foster care, where they received veterinary services, before moving on to be placed for adoption. You can read more about the story here. Thanks to the Navajo Nation Animal Control officers and to Best Friends for their cooperation and efforts in this very large rescue effort.

We have been doing some amazing networking with the good people of Noah's Ark Animal Rescue, and Pets911 in Phoenix, and adopting out some of our wonderful animals there. Also, in summer 2003, Sky Ark, a group that utilizes volunteer pilots, flew 4 of our dogs to Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc (RBARI) and Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter (MPAS), two no-kill shelters in New Jersey. Read more about the story here.

Blackhat Humane Society
P.O. Box 3123
Durango, CO 81302
Phone: (928) 814-7337


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