Success Stories


Truman needs to get out of the shelter ASAP. He’s excited to meet new people and is playful with most dogs.


There had been a medium sized brindle colored dog at Stray Hearts for close to 2 years. He was the most emotionally…


Cheryl joined out family as a 7-month-old kitten. We toured the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter during Volunteer…


Digger came to Stray Hearts in a carrier. He was angry and wouldn’t allow anyone to touch him. He and his carrier were…


Jake came to the shelter and was always barked at by the other dogs. They tend to be threatened by big dogs and Jake…


Sleek, slinky Marley has been with our family since November, 2012. A short backup, I rescued a burned over kitten…


Pancho has been with us since late June, 2014, and is a failed foster. My husband became so attached to him in the…


Smooch came in to our lives and family in October, 2012. She was 2 years old, had been at the shelter 6 months, one of…


This is one of our most heartbreaking stories that has ever come through the shelter. Poor Angel came to us after being…


Animal ID 13113891 Species Dog Breed Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix Age 5 years 4 months 10 days Sex Male Size Medium Color…

Animal ID 21374958 Species Dog Breed Retriever, Labrador/Mix Age 9 years 4 months 24 days Sex Female Size Medium Color…

Animal ID 20444365 Species Dog Breed Terrier, Pit Bull/Boxer Age 4 years 8 months 13 days Sex Female Size Medium Color…

Meet Our Dogs


This little sweetheart is a special needs dog. He came in with an old injury to his front legs that makes him walk with…


This is another one of our long term residence. She is often over looked but deserves a good home.


This girl is a volunteer favorite. She is friendly with most other dogs and all people. She is good on a leash and…


This young male came in with his 3 brothers. Two have been adopted and he has bonded with the one brother he has left,…


Come meet this little girl and you will fall in love. Super sweet, loves people. Piper should be an only dog in a home…


Don’t over look this awesome dog. He is sweet and calm and full of love. He would be a great family dog. Come down and…


Mitch has been at the shelter too long. He should go to a home without other dogs. He has a lot of love to give. Please…


Not too old and not too young. This sweet girl has been at the shelter way too long. Please come down and meet her,…


This sweet girl has been tested in foster homes and while she’s very affectionate with people she can be selective with…


Animal ID 22307538 Species Dog Breed Terrier, Pit Bull/Bulldog Age 1 year 1 day Sex Male Size Large Color…

This dog is a shelter staff favorite. We can not understand how such an amazing girl has been with us for so long. She…


Bonnie would be a great family dog for someone without other pets. She lived in a home with a young boy and was very…


Meet Buddy Jo. This energetic boy has been at the shelter for a very long time. He would be best as an only dog and…


Animal ID 22015514 Species Dog Breed Retriever, Labrador/Mix Age 5 years 7 months 15 days Sex Male Size Medium Color…

Looking for a great family dog? Look no more. Charlie has been in a loving foster home for over a year. He is around…


This little lady has been at the shelter for months. She’s calm and sensitive. She will make an excellent companion.


This big love would make a fantastic family pet. He’s great with kids and most other dogs. Come by and meet him and you…


Keep warm this winter with this big snuggle bug. He may be selective with other dogs but is a love with people. He has…


Freddy is a very calm easy going guy when he’s away from the shelter. He has developed a guarding mentality while he…


Come meet this a lively senior boy. We had a hard time getting him to settle down! He is curious and full of life, not…


This young male came in with his 3 brothers. Two have been adopted and he has bonded with the one brother he has left,…


Come down and meet this sweet boy. He should go to someone who is going to give him all the love and attention he…


Mercy is a staff favorite. This girl has been waiting for a home for months. She watches sadly as everyone around her…

Meet Our Cats


Prince Harry has lived at the shelter the longest. Orange and white, while Harry might not act quite like his British…


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Delilah came into the shelter ready to pop. She gave birth to four kittens a few days after she…


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Clinton came to Stray Hearts completely feral. While being ill equipped to really work with wild…


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Nala came to the shelter very near death. Eventually she could only be fed via feeding tube, but…

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Petra could be mistaken for a pillow, a very longhaired, fuzzy grey pillow. She is a more solitary…

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Referred to as the A-kittens, this group of adolescents serves as the Stray Hearts Acrobatics…

Stray Hearts Blog

  • Balloon Rally
  • Touch-A-Truck
  • Farmers Market
  • Garden Expo


Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country surrounding this historic village erupt into a painter's canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.

The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally Association, the non-profit group that orgainizes and puts on the event each year, is a small, dedicated group of volunteers who work nearly year-round to make sure the rally is safe, filled with events and experiences and visiting pilots, crews and families are given the best in Taos hospitality. Local businesses donate thousands of dollars in sponsorship and lodging for the pilots and crews. Other businesses, artists and crafts people donate prizes, auction items and more. The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is truly a Taos community event!This year, 2014 marks the 32nd Annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crew each year. The rally, primarily because it is

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The Taos Youth & Family Center and Taos Public Library want you to join us in celebrating the 15th Annual Town of Taos Touch-A-Truck. This event will be held at the Taos Youth & Family Center located at 407 Paseo del Canon East on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. This is a drug free event for the whole family. Come climb into your favorite big rig, police car, fire truck or construction truck and explore free of charge. These vehicles, as well as others, will be available for hands-on inspection. The first 350 children will receive a free bag with goodies.

A free barbeque with refreshments will be provided for the public. There will be music and for this day only FREE billiards. The Taos County DWI Program will be providing a DWI Simulator Course using simulator glasses. When the glasses are worn the participants get a perception of an individual that has been drinking. Trist ate Care Flight will have their helicopter provided there are no emergencies. Moby Dickens will do story book readings. Additional booths will include: Los Rios River Runners, Taos Hockey Association,

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Each Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 11:00 am a dedicated group of volunteers go to the shelter, choose a dog, and make their way down to the Plaza to the Farmers Market. They parade their shelter dogs among the crowd proudly in the hopes of finding them a home.

This year some very talented volunteers got together and made bright yellow, “Adopt Me” vests for the dogs to wear. The effort paid off and several dogs, and a few kittens were adopted as a result of their exposure at the market.

The dogs that didn’t get adopted still had a great time getting one on one attention from the public and the volunteer that took them. It’s a nice way to spend a Saturday morning.

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Stray Hearts was invited to attend the Home and Garden Expo held at the Youth and Family center. This event attracted a wide variety of people ranging from professional contractors to families with young children. We had several volunteers bring dogs and cats in an effort to get them adopted.

The animals were a big hit. Lots of people came by to meet them and one of our long term resident adult cats was later adopted.

These events are great exposure for the animals and the organization. It’s a good opportunity to educate the public about the shelter, our message and the animals we care for.

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