Meet our Sunflowers


Photos marked with a "" are courtesy of Helga Carter


Angel is on one of our Foster dogs who is 12 years old. She was blind and crippled, but with the help from caring donors, Angel is all fixed up. She can now see and no longer walks with a limp.



Arrived with his friend Hugo in May 2017. Boss is going blind, but that doesn't stop him. He is such a sweet boy and loves getting attention, and did I mention he never misses a meal! Their owner passed away months ago and they had no where to go. Welcome to the Sanctuary!



Baby Girl is 12 years old. 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.



Bandit is 12 years old and is currently battling cancer. He is on medication and is doing much better.



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.



Big Man arrived to the sanctuary in early December 2017. Atlantis was the name he came with, but he doesn't answer to that so Big Man it is. I was told he has lived outside his whole life, now that he has had a taste of what it's like to be indoors, he no longer wants to go outside. He is such a sweet guy and LOVES attention!



Brady arrived to the sanctuary in February 2018. She is a sweet little old girl and is deaf. She has fit nicely here at we are so glad that she has come to join us.



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. 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. Coyote is now resting comfortably and settling in and is a joy to have here. Sadly, Apache passed away on October 10, 2017.



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!



Eva was a stray found on the side of the rode in late November 2017 in pretty bad shape. She was hit by a car and received a lot of road rash and three broken bones in her leg. She is now resting and will receive casts at the end of the week. This is one strong girl and we hope that she gets to feeling better soon!




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!



Maddie arrived at the sanctuary on November 3, 2017 and came to us from Rez Dog Rescue. Welcome Maddie!



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



Mosey arrived to the Sanctuary with her friend Forrest in october 2017. She is a senior Australian Ridgeback and I weighs about 70 pounds. In 2007, she was surrendered at the city shelter when she was only 8 or 9 months old. In May 2007 I was rescued from Death Row immediately and brought to Desert Haven. Mosey's life got even better when she met her furry friend Forest at Desert Haven in December 2013. She is calm and friendly, and enjoys going on walks with her human friends, together with her buddy Forest of course. She also loves sunbathing. Mosey is loving the fact that she now has a warm bed to sleep in and plenty of other companions to keep her company. Welcome Mosey, we are very lucky to have you!



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!



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.



Skippy arrived to the Sanctuary on 7/25/2018 after being found in a ditch bank. He is approximately 10 years old and he could barely walk due to his nails being so long that they were growing into his pads. He also has trouble seeing because he was diagnosed with Lupus. We are so happy to have Skippy as part of our family where he will receive the care and love that he so desperately deserves. welcome Home Skippy! Welcome Home!



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!