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Blackhat Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000 (incorporated in 2003) near the Blackhat rock formation in the Tse Bonito area of the Navajo Nation (EIN/Tax ID/Charity ID: 86-0982150). Blackhat works to rescue the over 200,000 abandoned and stray animals on the Navajo Nation and to spay/neuter the animals currently being kept as pets. Blackhat is supported by a network of volunteer foster families in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado who re-socialize and find forever homes for our rescued dogs and cats. Blackhat provides food, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, and veterinary support for our fostered animals and for animals being kept as pets when the owners cannot afford veterinary care.

Why do we do it?

The Navajo Nation has 27,000 square miles, 1 tribal veterinarian, 6 animal control officers, and over 200,000 strays. Parvovirus, distemper, mange, tick-borne diseases, and untreated injuries are common. Many animals here suffer and struggle to survive. We foster abandoned and surrendered animals, acclimate them to family life, and provide the animals with restorative medical care, including spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations. Once ready, adoptable animals are found their forever homes throughout the Four Corners area and beyond!

Blackhat Board Members

​All board positions are 100% volunteer!

Aside from rescue, our volunteers can be found teaching the Navajo and local youth, reporting for the Navajo Times, working for Indian Health Services, and more!

  • President: Cindy Yurth, Chinle, AZ/Durango, CO
  • Vice President: ​Linda Robinson, Dolores, CO
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Margaret Gruschow, Cortez, CO
  • Member at Large: Maureen Bohler, Little Water, NM
  • Northern Colorado liaison: Sarah Groenwald, Craig, CO
  • Western Arizona liaison: Deb Riches, Flagstaff, AZ

Blackhat Humane Society
P.O. Box 3123
Durango, CO 81302

E-mail: blackhathumane@gmail.com


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