Meet our Sunflowers


Photos marked with a "" are courtesy of Helga Carter


Arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2017 with his friend Coyote. There owner passed away and no one could take them. They were covered in ticks and and eye infections and needed a lot of TLC. They were so good and so happy to be taken care of. They are resting comfortably and settling in and are a joy to have here.



Arrived with his friend Hugo in May 2017. Their owner passed away months ago and they had no where to go! Welcome to the Sanctuary!



Baby Girl is 12 years old is one of our newest Sunflowers. She and her friend Rudy arrived at the sanctuary on January 23, 2016. They were guard dogs at an auto repair shop. Their owner passed away in an auto accident.



Arrived at another rescue on June 20, 2009 and they could not deal with her. They asked me to please take her and give her a chance. She was badly traumatized and would bite out of fear! Bee Bee is a 5 year old Terrier Mix and has made tremendous strides and is an absolute love!



Big Boy arrived to the sanctuary in early December 2016 is a gentle giant and the happiest dog. He had 5 other doggie companions and was taken into the city shelter after his owner was found dead in their home after a month. It was a very terrible situation for these poor animals. You can tell he is so very happy to be at the Sanctuary.



Bumpy is a Black Lab/Pyrenees Mix that arrived with three friends (Sugar Bear, Bella, & Butter Bean) on March 13, 2014. They came from Dona Ana County Sheriff?s Animal Cruelty Task Force that rescued them from an owner with 90 animals. They were well cared for and socialized. Bumpy was very shy when he first arrived, but it did not take long for him to become attached to me like glue! He loves his friends and is a sweet loving dog! These four friends go every where together and are so well behaved. It is a pleasure to have them here!



Candy came to us at in the fall of 2010 with her brother Bogey. They were rescued by friends of an elderly woman that could no longer care for them and they were being abused in their current home.

They were so traumatized that it took quite a while for Candy to accept attention, sorry to say Bogey died before he could!

Candy now is a sweet, attention craving border collie mix that is 7 years old. She has become very good friends with Willie the Goat!



Arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2017 with his friend Apache. There owner passed away and no one could take them. They were covered in ticks and and eye infections and needed a lot of TLC. They were so good and so happy to be taken care of. They are resting comfortably and settling in and are a joy to have here.



Dottie came to us at 2 years old, a terrier mix from Animal Humane in February of 2010. She is the master of manipulation and believes that she and she alone runs the show.

Dottie was a biter and was going to be euthanized and someone stepped in and called and asked if I would take her. The same person that asked If I could take Bee Bee. They are so much alike!

Dottie is the first one out in the morning and the last one in at night. So many things to chase!



Dutch is our three-legged dog and arrived in early October 2016. He absolutely loves people and attention!




Arrived to the Sanctuary on September 2, 2017. We made the trip to Hobbs, NM to pickup him and Rose from the devasation of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was tied up in the owners yard and was left with Rose to fend for themselves. Thanks to the volunteers and rescue groups in Houston that risked their lives to save theirs. We took Harvey was to the vet where he was later treated for sores and was neutered. We are happy to report that him and Rosie are extremely happy and are ready for thier forever home together.



Arrived with his friend Boss in May 2017. Their owner passed away months ago and they had no where to go! Welcome to the Sanctuary!



Koda is roughly 10 years old and arrived to the Sanctuary in July 2017. Koda was adopted out twice by another rescue and returned twice, adopted out again and then found wandering on the street many, many miles from his last adopted home. He was then picked up by animal control and put into the Abq. Shelter and was finally returned to the rescue. Koda finally has a permanent resting spot here at Sunflower and he never has to worry again. Welcome home Koda!



Layla is 14 years old and comes to us as an owner surrender. She is a sweet blind dog that has the best disposition! Despite her being blind, she has settled in nicely at the Sanctuary and has even found my chair. Welcome home Layla!



Molly arrived at the sanctuary on September 11, 2016. She was extremely neglected with over 50 pounds of matted fur! Thank you to Torrance County Animal Control for rescuing this sweet girl. She is such an angel and we are so lucky to have her at the Sacntuary.

To see Mollys tranformation, click here



Arrived to the Sanctuary in June 2017. He had been in the Tucumcari Shelter for a long time! No one knows whether he was mauled by coyotes, a pack of dogs, or a whip, but the scars on this poor little guy definitely tells a story of one we will never know. He is so very sad and we hope that soon he will settle in and realize what a lucky guy he is. Welcome home Niles!



Roxie arrived at the sanctuary on October 25, 2010 at 8 years old. She was given up by her owner because his new wife could not handle her. After they divorced he asked for her back, but as he could see, she is so happy where she is.

Roxie has a job now, to take care of Wille the Goat with Candy, and to make trails under the trees all day long. She is a love!



Arrived to the Sanctuary on September 2, 2017. We made the trip to Hobbs, NM to pickup Rose and Harvey from the devasation of Hurricane Harvey. Thanks to the volunteers and rescue groups in Houston that risked their lives to save theirs. We took Rose to the vet where she was spayed and will no longer have be used for breeding purposes. We are happy to report that her and Harvey are extremely happy and are ready for thier forever home together.





Rudy is 11 years old is one of our newest Sunflowers. She and her friend Baby Girl arrived at the sanctuary on January 23, 2016. They were guard dogs at an auto repair shop. Their owner passed away in an auto accident.



Sugar Bear is a Great Pyrenees that arrived with four friends (Bumpy, Bella, & Butter Bean) on March 13, 2014. They came from Dona Ana County Sheriff?s Animal Cruelty Task that rescued them from an owner with 90 animals. They were well cared for and socialized. Sugar Bear is a love and is the leader of the group. The four friends stick together like glue. They are all very well behaved.



Wookie is the best dog! He is our ambassador to elementary schools, my date to the Mayors? Dog Ball, a hit at the Howl & Prowl, and everyone loved him at the Doggie Dash! He loves everyone and everything. It is hard to believe that he was shot three times and left to die. Someone saw him bleeding and called Animal Control. The minute I met him I knew he would be a big part of my life, I had just lost my dog of 14 years of cancer and a friend called and told me he was at the shelter. I went immediately and brought him home.

Wookie was a 2 years old Briard Mix and out of control. A wild man! But now he is my best friend and I can take him anywhere! He is the leader of the pack and everyone knows it! Wookie has been at the sanctuary since 1/24/2009.





On February 21, 2015 Sunflower Sanctuary rescued three miniature burros; Black Jack, Baby, and Autumn (a.k.a "The Three Amigos"). A family member notified us that they had not been taken care of due to unforseen circumstances. We are proud to welcome them into our Sanctuary and family!