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!
Saving Misun

Misun (mee-soon), is a Lakota-Sioux word meaning ‘Little Brother’. He was surrendered to Desert Rescue Animal Sanctuary, on Sunday evening. Misun is 2-3 weeks old, and after his mother passed away, his owners quickly found themselves unable to properly provide for an orphaned foal.
Misun has obviously had a rough start in life, including not receiving the proper nutrition for maintaining the strong skeletal structure required by a foal. Now he is under the care and watchful eye of Lakota, where he will have the best chance of flourishing into a wonderful colt!

This new challenge finds the rescue in need of several things:

  • Foal Milk Replacement

  • Equine Nutritional Supplements (suitable for foals hay)

  • Bedding

  • Natural Fly Repellant

  • Hoof Conditioner

  • Hay Net

  • Yearling Halter (already have foal)

Remember, all donations are tax deductible.

Be sure and friend us on Facebook to follow Misun’s progress!


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.