Donation Program

Ways to Donate and Help the Animals

DonateBUttonPlease browse all of our programs and select the program you woul like to donate too. All the donations are processed through Network For Good on their secure server. Just click on the donation button under each program or click the "Donate Now" buton to the left.

After you select your donation level make sure you still choose the program in the drop down like the example shown.

As always if you would prefer to mail in your donation (via check or money order) please make the check out to Watermelon Mountain Ranch or WMR and mail to 1512 Deborah Rd SE Ste 203, RR NM 87124

**All Donations are tax deductible, and you will receive a letter in the mail after your donation is processed**



Thank you for your donation!

Mercy Mission's


Photograph's provided by Stephanie Martin Photography


Every week we are contacted by high kill municipal shelters from across the state. Shelters that are doing everything they can to save lives but just don't have the space, resources or support to avoid euthanasia. These rescues plead for help and we answer the call, even when resources are running short. We are committed to saving as many lives as possible. Many of these dogs decompress as soon as they arrive to the ranch, it's as if they know they are no longer in danger and are finally going to be given a chance at furever. Many of these dogs and cats come to us needing extensive medical conditions. Dog's like Rocky that needed treatment for a neck wound. And all the others that need just the basic vetting: shots, spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, and parasite treatment. 


Lee's Retirement Village



**Photograph's provided by Stephanie Martin Photography **



Lee's Retirement Village Fund: 

Lee Martin DiClemente, co-founder of Watermelon Mountain Ranch, passed away on September 8, 2010. He was 67. It was Lee’s dream to create a retirement facility for the senior dogs and cats that came to the Ranch. He wanted to provide a comfortable, safe and quite environment for our elderly dogs and cats. Though many of our senior citizens are young at heart, they prefer a quite environment that will separate them from the rambunctious teenage dogs and cats we have at the Ranch.

In his honor, we are hard at work making his dream a reality. We have been able to secure six (6) buildings towards creating our retirement community, but still have a long way to go. In order for our dream to be fulfilled, we still require funding for heating, cooling, flooring, insulation, fencing and concrete to keep our four-legged residents comfortable and safe.

Aside from providing a quiet and relaxing space for our residents, Lee's Retirement Village allows us to open space for new dogs and cats. By creating additional space, it helps to prevent us from turning anyone away. Thus, eliminating animals from going to shelters where they may not have the opportunity to find a safe and loving home.


UPDATE: In November of 2015, we were officially able to open Lee & Molly's Retirment village!! While we are so excited to get the village open, we are still raising funds to add shade structures, more beds and stairs to make this area even more comfortable for the dogs that are residing there. This has allowed us to increase capacity and save even more lives. thank you to all that have donated and continue to support our mission! 


Please help us finish Lee’s Retirement Village!


Dog & Cat Spay/Neuter Program


**Photographs provided by Stephanie Martin Photography **



The mission for Watermelon Mountain Ranch is to make a positive difference in the lives of abandoned, unwanted and abused animals. A primary focus towards reaching this goal, is to provide spay and neuter assistance to stop the overpopulation of animals within Central and Northern New Mexico.  Our spay and neuter program is essential to stem the tide of unwanted pets and unnecessary euthanasia. We are always in need of donations to help continue this program and stop overpopulation.


Special Needs Pets (aka: Don’s Angel Fund)

We receive many pets that have special needs or require surgery. In order to provide them with the medical care they require as well as assistance to accommodate their needs, it is essential to raise funding.

Please help us continue to care for these special pets so that we can provide them with the assistance they need to become healthy and find a forever home.


Four Paws Chapel & Angel's Rest

A dream of the Watermelon Mountain Ranch founders since the beginning, a chapel is now poised to become a reality. Four Paws Chapel will be a place where you can honor your pets. Angel's Rest will be a final resting place for your pets.


General Fund (aka: The Unconditional Love Project)


**Photograph's provided by Mary Funk Photography and volunteer photographers**  


WMR takes in dozens of animals each month. Donations and funding are at record lows. Animal intakes are at record highs. You can help the desperate animals through the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Give-Back Project; a $20 or more donation program providing food, medical attention and caring for the thousands of animals who come to Watermelon Mountain Ranch while waiting to be adopted. You may make a one-time, monthly, quarterly, or annual donation - just choose a frequency and it will be done automatically.



Our Buy-A-Brick program allows you to create a lasting memorial for friends (two and four-legged) while helping us to continue our important work. This is a red brick, just like you would build a house with. But this brick is sandblasted with your choice of words and if you’d like – a dog or cat paw print. The letters are then made more visible with black paint.
As we receive the finished bricks, they will be added to our Memorial Brick Garden which is taking shape in front our main entrance at the Ranch.

The brick is approximately 8x4x2 inches and may contain up to three rows of eighteen characters. $75 per brick. You may optionally add a paw print at the top-left, top-right, or both for an additional $10 per print.

The bricks orders are placed when a minimum of ten orders have been accumulated. Once this is done the bricks will arrive at the ranch with 3 weeks. Donors are notified as soon as the bricks arrive. For any questions, please contact Sara at or 505-507-7081



Monthly Donor

Every month, we have basic operating expenses for veterinary medical care, dog and cat food, bedding for the animals, toys and treats, office and cleaning supplies, as well as utilities and staffing to keep the shelter running.

Provide ongoing support for the dogs and cats at Watermelon Mountain Ranch through a monthly donation. Your regular monthly financial support will let us spend less time on fund raising and more time on programs and activities that serve animals in need. Your donation will be processed automatically on the 1st of each month and will recur monthly until you change your billing information or cancel your support. (We can adjust to bill on other dates.) All donations are tax deductible.

Click here to see the average direct cost to care for a WMR Animal Before Adoption