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My name is Smokey blue!

I'm being cared for by
Desert Haven Animal Refuge
Adoption process



Submit Application


Home Check

Adoption application
Apply to Adopt

Facts about me

Australian Shepherd/Labrador Retriever
3 years old, Young
(When grown) Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Pet ID

My info

Small blue checkmark Good with kids
Small blue checkmark Good with dogs
Small blue checkmark Shots current
Small blue checkmark Spayed / Neutered
Small blue checkmark Housetrained

My story

Hello! I'm Smokey Blue and I have a story to tell. Grab your coffee and settle in. It's a doozy of a story already, and I'm only 1.5 years old! But, you know what, I tell my story of great loss with my head held high because I just know my Forever Family is out there looking for me.

I had a first home when I was a young puppy and they didn't have a fence. I wandered out of the yard a few times when I was unsupervised and they got into trouble -- so I got surrendered to Desert Haven. Are you sitting there thinking, "Umm just supervise your puppy or build a fence?!" Ya, I thought the same thing! But that's OK. I don't dwell on the bad stuff because I'm an optimistic young dog with a bright future ahead of me.

Fast forward a few months: A wonderful family came to meet me while I was living at Desert Haven and decided to adopt me. I loved living with this family! In this family I had a human sibling, a dog sibling, chickens, and loving parents. They said I was super snuggly and liked sleeping in the bed with them. We went on walks together and I was very good on the leash. I had a lot of toys to play with and was a great brother to my dog sibling. I like to have a lot of attention and they gave it to me. We all lived well together for months and months; it was grand!

No one is really sure why I started my behaviors, and everyone was very surprised I started doing them -- but here are the facts. I started to get reactive to some people. Thankfully, my family intervened so no one got hurt. My family loved me to pieces and they said I'm a Great Dog -- but they decided not to pursue training or help for my behaviors. So now I'm back at Desert Haven. UGH!

Here I am, Smokey Blue, young and confused about things. My family raved about having me as their dog! They love me this I know. But what I need now is a family who knows I have this tendency toward protection and who commits to guiding me through it. I'm young and trainable and eager to please my humans.

I am Smokey Blue, Great Dog! Here we go, Third Times The Charm! Are you the family for me? Will you commit to me? Yes? Come on over to meet me then! Love, Smokey Blue

Desert Haven Animal Refuge

Contact info
Pet ID
Greta Hansen Begg
15576 Highway 187, Williamsburg, NM 87942

Their adoption process



We spend time communicating about a pet and learning about your family via phone (prefer text, but call is OK too) and/or email.


Submit Application

We are flexible. Interested people can fill out an application first, or meet a pet before deciding to apply.


Home Check

Done in person for locals, via pictures or video for non-locals.

Additional adoption info

Our adoption coordinator knows each pet well and will work with you to find a great fit for your family. She will reach out to you promptly when you inquire about an animal.

Adoption application

Go meet their pets

Meetings take place onsite at Desert Haven Animal Refuge. We schedule meetings by appointment Wednesday through Monday between 10:00 and noon. We have afternoon appointments on Tuesdays. We are flexible and can accommodate most scheduling needs.

More about this rescue The Sierra County Humane Society (SCHS), a non-profit 501c3 corporation dedicated to the welfare of animals, is staffed by dedicated volunteers, and is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Companion animals reside at Desert Haven Animal Refuge (DHAR), which is owned and operated by the SCHS, where their daily nutrition, exercise, and nurturance needs are met by volunteers and work-camping staff. As a no-kill companion animal sanctuary, dogs and cats live at DHAR as long as they need to until a loving, suitable home is found.