Our Legacy Program


Our Mission Statement
Humane Society of the White Mountains (HSWM) will continuously improve the standard of our care for all animals by educating our  communities on quality companion animal care, and be the voice of the voiceless pet, striving  always to stop pet cruelty and neglect.

Our Vision
In the White Mountains every homeless pet will find a loving forever home.

Our Beliefs
We believe that:

  • Unity of purpose is our guiding principal.
  • Pets entrusted to our care will be treated with dignity by trained professionals committed to each animal's  well-being.
  • All pets should be spayed or neutered.
  • All pets deserve a second chance at a loving stable home.
  • We believe in what we do.
  • There is no place for anger or negativity around pets.
  • We use our resources wisely and efficiently.
  • We can do better.
  • We are the only open admission Humane Society in Apache and Navajo Counties. Animals Cannot help themselves. They depend solely upon the generosity and compassion of humans. Our Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals. The homeless animals we serve rely upon the generosity and compassion of our supporters.


When developing your estate plan, you can do well by doing good. Leaving money to charity rewards you in many ways. It gives you a sense of personal satisfaction, and it can save you money in transfer taxes.

With a life income gift, the donor gives up ownership today, but (in most cases) no money becomes available to spend on programs until after the donor's death ( The charitable lead trust is an exception). 

With a bequest, the donor retains title, access, and control of the gift until his or her death.

The payout of a charitable gift annuity is generally calculated to leave the non-profit with a remainder of 50% of the original gift.

The outright gift can produce the largest tax deduction of any giving method, in the great majority of cases.

The life income gift produces only a partial tax deduction, because only a part of the asset given is, in fact, a gift.

Making a bequest to the Humane Society of the White Mountains In Your Estate Planning
- Charitable Giving
If you are considering a bequest (Charitable Giving) in your estate planning, here is some important information you will need to provide your attorney or financial advisor:

Name and address of the Organization:
Humane Society of the White Mountains
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 909 Lakeside, AZ 85929
Shelter Address: 3212 N. Porter Mountain Rd. Lakeside, AZ 85929
Phone Number: (928) 368. 5295
EIN: 86-0250431
Tax Status: Non-profit 501 (c)3 tax exempt organization

Contact at HSWM: Deena Pace, Director
(928) 368.5295 or email at: director@hswm.org

Look what we can do with your help.....

Snoop Dog

by Debbie Torbet, HSWM Shelter Manager

On  March 29, 2013 animal control brought in a a very friendly one year old male American Bulldog mix. We named him Snoop Dog. We held him for the required 72 hours but no one came looking for him. We did his behavioral assessment and he was moved to the adoption line. None of us realized at the time that he had a hard time seeing. Weeks went by and we noticed that Snoop was starting to run into the chain-link  fences and, in certain lighting, would run into people too because he could not see them. We asked Tammy Helzer, DVM to look at him. Much to our surprise, Snoop Dog had Juvenile Cataracts. 

The surgery to correct that condition would cost $6-7,000 dollars. Unfortunately, our non-profit organization just could not afford that. We applied for a grant to pay for his surgery but did not receive it. Dr. Helzer told us that he could somewhat see, so we kept him on the adoption line. On August 6,2013 Snoop Dog was adopted. That was a bittersweet moment for all of the staff.

Unfortunately, just one year later animal control picked Snoop up as a stray again. We made every effort to reunite him with the adopter but it just didn't happen. Snoop made our Humane Society his home until January 30,2015 when he was adopted once again. An even more difficult parting for our staff as he had been with us for so long.

Sadly, just four short days later, Snoop Dog was returned to us as this adoption also didn't work out. We were feeling very discouraged but once again, Snoop went on the adoption line.

While he was on the adoption line, one of our very wonderful, dedicated volunteers found a veterinarian in Surprise who was able and willing to do the cataract surgery for FREE! She got him scheduled to see if he would be a candidate for this surgery. After the appointment we were ecstatic to hear that he was a good candidate for the surgery.

On July 14,2015 Snoop traveled the four hours to get his eye surgery. The doctor only wanted to do one eye at a time so he could be certain that the surgery would be a success. After two agonizing weeks of having drops put in his eye every six hours, Snoop went for a check-up. We were excited to hear that Snoop Dog could now see out of that eye. Soon we will make another appointment for Snoop Dog to have surgery on the other eye.We are all praying that the next surgery will be a success as well.

Little Kitty   
by Tammy Helzer, DVM

A typical morning at the PAW's Clinic, dogs and cats filling the kennels, waiting to be spayed and neutered. and there sat Debbie with a cat carrier and inside was a small kitten. I took the kitten out to examine him; he looked like a little Boxer. His front feet were curled in like a boxer making a fist, and when I tried to stretch his front legs out, his paws remained curled and his elbows would not extend out either. I handed him back to Debbie and told her that I would think about what we needed to do with him; at that point I really didn't think he could be fixed enough to become a normal, adoptable kitty, I was thinking we could try to put splints on him, but he was so little, it would be difficult. I decided that I would take him home and see what I could do with him.

I fashioned several  different splints for the little guy, and I did get his paws to straighten out a little. I also did some research on kittens with contracted limbs and learned that they need to be worked with when they are less than a month old, and this kitten was closer to 8 weeks old. At this point it really didn't matter; he had already found a home for life. I had stacked a dog crate on top of another dog crate; it's easier to care for a kitten in an elevated crate than it is on the floor. What do you name a little kitten that looks like a boxer, I named him Cassius Clay, a great name for that kitten but for some reason, it did not stick, I affectionately call him "Little Kitty."

Little Kitty, is a wonderful kitty, very affectionate and happy all the time. He still has the dog kennel that I set up for him, he sleeps in there at night and gets fed canned food in there, away from the other kitties. During the day, he is out and about the house, he definitely doesn't walk normal, he bears his weight on what most people would consider his forearms, and his little rear is above his head but don't tell him he's not normal. As he goes about his day, he will be found climbing onto the bed, the couch, the cat tree, he goes almost any place any other kitty would, he may not go there in the same manner, but he will find a way. He has plenty of kitty friends that he plays with, he stands up for himself and does not let any other kitties bully him. If anyone is looking for the most wonderful kitty in the world, to adopt, you're out of luck, I took him home before anyone else could see how wonderful he is.