Cross My Paws Animal Rescue is seeking donations to fund life-saving surgery for one of its 3-year-old foster dogs.

“Hazel is the sweetest girl,” wrote Cross My Paws volunteer and foster Patty Newlon in an email to the Observer.

Newlon, of Rio Rancho, is currently fostering Hazel after she was found on the mesa with her 10 puppies in late March.

Cross My Paws President and Executive Director Lani Nash nursed the puppies back to health, Newlon said, and the last one was adopted three weeks ago. However, the veterinarian found a congenital hole in Hazel’s heart that is operable with a $6,000 procedure.

The rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that depends on donations, and it does not currently have the funds for the procedure and is currently raising money for it.

The rescue also hosts weekend adoption events, which are posted regularly on its Facebook page.

Prospective adopters can also fill out a form online to be matched with a pet that is compatible with their lifestyle. For more information, visit