From Diane Padoven, Volunteer Coordinator:

"I am so pleased to announce that the new on-line Volunteer Management Program has been launched! Now applicants can complete online and I will be able to respond within 24 hours."

Everyone interested in volunteering at Stray Hearts can now apply online here.

Volunteers are the everyday life-blood of Stray Hearts Animal Shelter of Taos. We value our Volunteers for their selfless commitment to all of our Shelter animals.

  • Volunteers enable animals to receive extra attention, training, and care.
  • Volunteers help with fundraising events.
  • Volunteers also help with building and maintenance projects.


You Are Invited
Join Diane Padoven, Volunteer Coordinator
for the
Revised New Volunteer Orientation

"Hello! We would like to invite anyone thinking about volunteering at Stray Hearts to our revised New Volunteer Orientation being conducted on Saturday, May 7, from 9 am-11 am. The orientation will be held in the Stray Heart's lobby. We will cover basic shelter history, explain the various volunteer opportunities and tour the facility. Then those people interested in working with dogs will attend a brief "calming the kennels" training course and those people interested in working with cats will have an opportunity for some "cuddle" time.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for additional details.

Thank you, and we hope to see you there!"

Diane Padoven
Volunteer Coordinator

Stray Hearts Welcomes
Diane Padoven, Volunteer Coordinator

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter announces and welcomes Diane Padoven as the new Volunteer Coordinator.

Diane joins the leadership team at Stray Hearts, where the volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. The Volunteer Coordinator position is critical in continuing the shelter’s turnaround.

Diane PadovenPadoven will be responsible for developing the position’s role and responsibilities, creating training programs for new and long-term volunteers, implementing communication channels and executing a focused recruiting plan to attract new volunteers.

Padoven, a former corporate senior executive with 20 years of experience in retail and fashion, most recently served as Senior Vice President, Retail Development & Operations, for the Levi’s® brand at Levi Strauss & Co. She moved to Taos, New Mexico with her husband from California three years ago and started a business consulting company working with numerous local and national clients and joined the board of directors for four local non-profit organizations.

"I am thrilled to be part of the Stray Hearts Animal Shelter’s leadership team. My entire career has been spent balancing the requirements of my career while also prioritizing my time to serve on non-profit boards. The Volunteer Coordinator position allows me to utilize my business and philanthropic experiences to create/deliver a strong, focused, effective and fun program to train and develop our existing team and attract members of the Taos community to join us as we need many more volunteer to be able to accomplish all of our objectives,” said Padoven.

Diane began volunteering at Stray Hearts in late 2014 as a dog walker and completed the advanced training programs developed by our animal behaviorist, Delinda VanneBrightyn. She is now certified in the program and serves as an advocate for specific dogs. Diane's love of animals, combined with her extensive business background, make her the perfect candidate to serve as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Diane can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome, Diane!


Updates from Harvey Yocum, Executive Director


Stray Hearts Animal Shelter Receives $100,000 in Grants From Petco FoundationTaosStrayHearts012
Taos organization receives Holiday Wishes Grant and Lifesaving Grant

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 15, 2015) – Today, in a special check presentation amidst shelter volunteers, adopters, community supporters and local dignitaries, the Petco Foundation awarded the Humane Society of Taos, Inc (dba Stray Hearts Animal Shelter) in Taos, New Mexico, two grants totaling $100,000.

The first grant for $25,000 is part of the Petco Foundation and Halo, Purely for Pets Holiday Wishes program.

Holiday Wishes called for pet adopters across the United States to submit a story about how adopting their pet changed their life. Winning entries received a grant to the shelter or rescue where the pet was adopted. More than $750,000 in grants will be awarded to organizations nationwide.

Stray Hearts’ grant was thanks to Laurie Lambert of Red River, New Mexico, who submitted a story about how adopting her dog Blue from Stray Hearts made a life-changing impact on her.

Laurie’s entry described how she didn’t “need” a dog, but a “nudge from the universe” led her
to this rural animal shelter, and “35 pounds of wagging happiness” named Blue. “I don’t know how or why, but in a single instant I knew that she was mine and I was hers,” she wrote.

Laurie’s story was one of 53 total winners chosen from among 3,000 entries.

The second grant of $75,000 is to support the increased lifesaving efforts of Stray Hearts to spay/neuter and adopt more animals into loving homes.

"We're so grateful for this additional gift to allow us to do the work that we need to do to open the spay neuter clinic to the public and become part of the solution to pet overpopulation rather than responding to the problem,” said Harvey Yocum, Stray Hearts’ executive director.

Yocum says his organization works tirelessly to fulfill their mission of giving every animal that crosses their threshold a chance to live. These grants will help them continue that work.

“We're excited to take our shelter model to other shelters around the state, region and country and show them that it is possible to save animal's lives for the same amount of money or less than it costs to kill them,” Yocum added.


My "open door" policy means that I want to hear from you with your suggestions, questions, concerns, and ideas. We are your community Humane Society and Animal Shelter.

Please send me an email or call me.
Harvey Yocum
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StrayHearts 3x5 PawSpa 12-19-15Volunteers Needed for Avalyn's Paw Spa Adoption Event Saturday 12/19

We need your help with our Adopt-a-Thon.  This is a wonderful time to get our dogs socialized and potentially adopted.  Saturday, December 19th from 10 AM -1 PM.  We will set up at 9:30 AM.  We need volunteers to make this event a huge success. Please consider giving us an hour or so this Saturday. Please call Monica at 575-758-2981 and let her know you'd like to help.

Cyril is also providing additional services:
Free grooming for every dog adopted from Stray Hearts
$10 from every grooming through December 31 will be donated to Stray Hearts.

Please Donate to Support The Humane Society of Taos and Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

We recently sent you a newsletter detailing the progress we've made this year. We've come along way and we still have lots of work to do.

We need your help and support to continue to create a shelter and a Humane Society that gives every animal a chance to live.

We hope we can count on your generosity and support as we look forward to implementing our 2016 plans.

Come be part of the shelter. Please come visit and take a tour. We think you will be surprised and delighted by what you experience.

  • Volunteer
  • Join our dog walking program
  • Play with the cats
  • Adopt
  • Foster a cat or dog
  • Host a Shelter tour for your friends
  • Volunteer at a fundraising event
  • Serve on our Board or our Advisory Board
  • Bring your knowledge and experience to our marketing & fundraising committee and be part of the team that plans our fundraising events
  • Research grants
  • Take pictures and videos of our animals at the shelter that we can use to help get them adopted
  • Please donate

We need you and the animals need you.
We need "boots on the ground" support every day to continue this good work.
It is our goal to give our community the low cost, easy access spay and neuter, medical and vet services they need.

We are excited about another year of continued success and community out reach.

We need your support and donations of time and money to make this happen.

Please donate.

Website donations - click here and use Paypal or your credit card

Call Stray Hearts - 575-758-2981 and donate with a credit card

You can mail a check to:
Stray Hearts
PO Box 622
Taos, NM 87571

Thank you! We could not have made all of the changes and improvements this year without you.