President's Message

Our newsletter is one that tells of a new and and exciting future for our shelter, but I would like to step back for a moment to share some experiences of the last year.  

Like all businesses and nonprofits we were strained for resources. The shelter has been closed more often than it was open for over a year. Angel, our shelter manager, kept the shelter going by herself from June to October due to a severe staffing shortage. Somehow, through it all, our supporters have been wonderful, sending food, toys, and money. 

Our vice president Jennifer Jungwirth started weekly community dog walks and cat cuddles that were so beneficial to keeping our pets engaged.  It has been a rough year or so but I am hoping the worst is behind us.

Now my thoughts turn to ones of gratitude for our committed staff and volunteer board of directors and community. We have big plans for the future and I am confident that this community will be behind us all the way.

Mimi Mitz
Morongo Basin Humane Society
Board of Directors

The  Morongo Basin Humane Society (MBHS) will launch its annual year-end fundraiser on Facebook on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. The fundraiser will run through Dec. 31. 

“Giving Tuesday is a win-win donation campaign that gives supporters the satisfaction of knowing they are providing food, shelter, bedding, clean kennels and medical services for the care, nurturing and eventual adoption of homeless pets in the community,” said MBHS president Mimi Mitz. 

“It’s also a demonstration of the continuous support shown by the communities of the Morongo Basin, for which we are forever grateful,”  said Mitz.  “We’ve come to depend on this big-love donation bonanza to continue the operation and programs of our no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree.” All donations are tax-deductible and duly receipted.

Also on the books is funding for building a new shelter, an option favored  by the community in a survey conducted earlier this year. “Currently, the feasibility and planning for this large undertaking is on its way, and we are proceeding with the steps and County approvals necessary to break ground on our new shelter buildings,” noted Mitz. “After current shelter operation expenses are met, we hope to be able to add a percentage of the support toward the shelter building fund,” she said.

Donations to the year-end campaign can be made Nov. 30 through Dec. 31 online on Facebook @mbhumanesociety/Fundraisers and/or on the website at (Button: Donate) To donate by mail or in person, contact Shelter President Mimi Mitz at

Yes, we can! Build a new shelter, that is. 

The results of a survey conducted last Spring seeking guidance from the community revealed overwhelming support for building a new no-kill animal shelter to replace the worn and aging facility in Joshua Tree.

Currently, plans for a new shelter are moving through the maze of development phases, studies and permits.  A feasibility study was undertaken in the weeks following the survey results to determine if building a new shelter is economically viable and also if MBHS directors and volunteers can organize and fundraise to reach that goal.

To that end, the survey results supported the feasibility of the project.  Many respondents in the survey voiced support for keeping a no-kill shelter in the area and offered to pledge financial support, a variety of skill sets and fundraising skills as well as suggestions, opinions, and all-out support. 

Here's a copy of a brochure of the current status: We got it going on! 

The MBHS pledges to continue to keep the community informed and seek participation on all levels through events, media, announcements, news letters and social media @mbhumanesociety on Facebook and Instagram as well as online at

 We would like to add you to our contact list. If you’re willing to do this, please go to our website at and fill out the contact information that includes your name address and email. Through this information we will be able to keep you updated on our progress.

If you didn’t comment on the survey but would still like to be informed, see how we are doing, or have some help for us, please go to the website at and give us your information. 

Send your questions and comments in an email to and  tell us how you would like to participate in this exciting new development.

Together, we can save the day and build a new tomorrow.

Help Shelter Animals with 
Tattoos Worth Having

Hilltop Tattoo will present the 5th annual "Help Shelter Animals" fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 4, to benefit fhe Morongo Basin Humane Society and Real Time Rescue foster care.  
Hilltop promises a fun day of tattoos, raffles and prizes donated by local business owners. The grand prize is a $300 tattoo drawn and applied by Cormack, the talented artist and owner of Hilltop Tattoo Company in Twentynine Palms.

Meet Sweet Ella

My name is Ella, but you can just call me Sweetie PieI I was very sad when I came to this shelter because my beloved human had passed away.
The bad news:  I was very overweight, and I had a horrible double ear infection.
The good news:  I have healed very well and not had any other issues. I am on a diet and am slowly losing weight, which is difficult because I love food and treats!
  • Also, I am very sweet and smart and absolutely love people, and I even do well with kids. 
  • But, I do not do well with other animals, so I need to be an only pet.
  • Also, I am a hunter. I catch lizards, squirrels, bunnies, and even flying birds while I am out in the play yards. And, I am fast.
  • Also, I love getting belly rubs and full body scratches!
  • Also, I love to go out on walks.
  • Also, I love to cuddle and enjoy quiet time. 
Want to Foster or Adopt?
Here's how to apply online  

Due to a shortage in staff, our no-kill animal shelter in Joshua Tree is open by appointment only. This is a temporary situation we expect to resolve soon. However, if you’re looking for a pet to adopt or wanting to foster kittens or a lonely dog, check out "Available Pets" at and follow the application procedure.

Virtually works, too‼️ 

1) Go to shelter’s website 

2) Click on “Available Pets” in the menu bar.

3) Scroll through the Petfinder and Petango sites.

4) Like somebody❓

5)  Click on the “Adoption and Foster Info” link in the “Available Pets” page to read the requirements, check the fees, all that. 

6) If you’ve pretty much made up your mind, go ahead and fill out the adoption or foster forms. It will save you time and prepare you for the commitment you’re about to make. 

7) Call the shelter office during regular business hours  - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - to Inquire and/or make an appointment to meet.  You can reach shelter manager Angel at (760) 366-3786.

NOTE: Social distancing requirements apply and wearing a mask indoors is required.
Pet Ed 101

Here is a photo of MBHS Board team Doris Lawless and Jean Bixby teaching the ABC’s of Pet Responsibilities in a local elementary school classroom. The golden dog in the photo, Raleigh, was adopted by Doris from the MBHS no-kill shelter a few years ago. He passed last year, a mentor and hero to school children throughout the Morongo Basin Unified School District as well as local home school groups. We pay tribute to him here.

His message prevails. 

The pet responsibilities he supported are printed on a bookmark with his photo and an acronym - GET DOG SMART - and represent the ABCs of pet care.

It’s worth repeating here:

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