Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary provides a refuge for homeless, abandoned & abused animals. We also offer a forum for owners who need assistance in placing their pets, no questions asked. All the animals that come into the Rescue are rehabilitated using their natural instincts. This helps in preparing them to move on into their new forever homes. Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary was started in 2005 to assist the hundreds of animals that are looking for homes across the southern deserts of Nevada. The rescue center is a family operation and is run by Lakota Spoolman. Lakota has been a Veterinarian Health Tech for 33 years specializing in emergency medicine as well as a Canine Behavior Specialist. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization incorporated by the state of Nevada as an Animal Rescue/Sanctuary.

Recycle, Reuse & Repurpose - Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary is proud to be a totally green Animal Sanctuary. We live off the grid producing our own electricity & water as well as grow our own food for the animals. We recycle, reuse as well as repurpose as many things as possible. In that mind set, we accept donations of any and all types of animal equipment (new or used) as well as all types of feeds. Since we get in all types of animals we can use any type of feeds (including open bag feeds).


Spotlight of the Month!
4 Adorable Kittens

10 week old adorable kittens! They are not exactly feral, just very cautious right now; however after 2 weeks here they are beginning to show signs of being typical curious, fun-loving, cuddly kittens!

Dorian - male gray and white

Mistophlies - male black w/ white (long hair)

Cooper - male gray and white

Mewzet - female seal point on cream

Desert Rescue acquired 7 adorable kittens, (approximately 8 weeks old), 2 weeks ago. We received a frantic call from a concerned senior citizen about some kittens near her home. So we collaborated with one of the best trappers in Las Vegas to save that group of homeless kittens. Happily she was able to catch all 7 cuties, although sadly 'Mom' was not seen or caught after several days of looking. They have completed a 2 week quarantine for any health concerns, and we are happy to report them to be in good health! If you are interested in a new furry friend don't delay, there are only 4 left!
Dorian - male gray and white
Mistophlies - male black w/ white (long hair)
Cooper - male gray and white
Mewzet - female seal point on cream


We handle all type of Animals:
  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Dogs

  • Cats

  • Reptiles

  • Amphibians

  • Tortoises

  • Turtles

  • Small Animals

  • Birds

  • We do not take venomous reptiles
    or amphibians

We also take in sick & temperament problem animals. Want to get listed on this site to get more coverage for your pet, just contact Lakota at (702) 275-2125 or 

The rescue center handles all type of pets including those with medical and temperament issues. When an animal or reptile comes in, they are quarantined for 2 weeks before being put up for adoption. It is not unusual for the center to have a waiting list for these animals.

Mascot of Desert Rescue Sanctuary!

George of the Jungle - "Fast as he can be" George is the Mascot of DRS. He has been here since the beginning. He is a male Sulcatta Tortoise. We named him George of the Jungle as he is very fast (believe it or not for a tortoise), and the center is always like a jungle.