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Lost your dog? Find a lost or injured animal? Here are important contact numbers in Santa Fe and Santa Fe County:
In the city limits, Animal Services is at 955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.
In the county, Animal Control is at 992-1626. On weekends and holidays, call Sheriff's dispatch at 428-3720.
Still unsure about what to do to find your lost pet? Read these tips put together by Scoop member Julie.
Suspect an animal might be suffering from abuse? Call the toll-free statewide hot line for reporting extreme cruelty to animals at 1-877-548-6263.
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It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats won’t get cold because of their fur coats, said Johnny Martinez, supervisor of Santa Fe Animal Services. Most domestic animals are not well equipped for cold weather and can easily be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. Toy breeds and shorthaired critters don’t conserve body heat well, while puppies and older animals cannot adequately control body temperatures.
Martinez said many residents are concerned about animals left outside during the cold weather. While it’s best to keep an animal inside during freezing weather, there are steps people can take to make sure their dog is comfortable in the cold, including using straw as an insulator.
Last year, Animal Protection of New Mexico provided Santa Fe and several other communities with straw bales for residents to use for outdoor kennels. The nonprofit is providing the same service again this year and many people have already taken advantage of the free straw, he said.
“We’re grateful to have it on hand for our constituents in need,” Martinez said. “We ask that people bring trash bags with them when they pick up the bales so it doesn’t get all over their vehicles.”
The straw bales are available at the Santa Fe animal shelter, although animal services officers also will deliver the bales to people who don’t have transportation. An officer may be assigned to assess the property and will determine the amount of straw needed to accommodate the pets.
To find out more about the free straw, contact animal services at 505-955-2702.
Straw is an inexpensive insulator that makes excellent bedding, Martinez said. It retains the animal’s heat and evaporates moisture. Hay, he noted, does not have these qualities.
“The best place for any companion animal is right at home, in your home,” he said. “If at all possible, animals should be moved inside, especially during cold weather.”
To use straw effectively, place a thick layer on the floor of an animal’s shelter. Check the straw periodically for moisture and cleanliness and switch it out when needed.
• Do not use fabric blankets or bedding. Once wet, they will ice over when the temperatures drop and become wet again with your animal’s body heat.
• The shelter should be tall enough for your animal to sit upright and large enough to be able to turn around and lie down comfortably. Any smaller will cramp, any larger will prevent body heat retention.
• Place the shelter’s entrance facing south to southeast to help protect the interior from wind, rain and snow and to maximize exposure to the sun.
• If the opening is uncovered, consider attaching a thick piece of rubber, doormat or carpet scrap, cut to size, to block the wind, rain and snow.
Make sure the shelter is as airtight as possible. Consider using caulking and/or sealants on the outside.
More winter tips
• Check your companion animal’s water bowl frequently for freezing. Consider purchasing a heater. Glass and ceramic dishes will crack and break when the water freezes.
• Companion animals kept primarily outdoors, especially in cold weather, may require more food than other animals. Provide additional food to animals which spend a lot of time outside.
• Don’t leave an animal in a closed car in the winter. A car becomes a refrigerator and the temperature can be just as deadly as those in the summer.
• Keep anti-freeze away from any animal or child’s reach. Both are attracted by its sweet taste and ethylene glycol is highly poisonous.
• Be aware if your animal has walked on salted or de-iced surfaces. They will lick their paws and the substances are toxic. Rinse their paws in warm water.
• Check your animal’s paws for balls of ice/snow that have formed between their pads. Rinse with warm water to remove.
• Be aware that cats and wildlife left outside will seek the warmth and protection of a car’s engine. Bang on the hood or honk the horn before starting the engine.
Signs of Hypothermia
• Uncontrollable shivering
• Decreased heartbeat and weak pulse
• Stiff muscles
• Lack of coordination
• Pale or blue gums
If your companion animal shows any of these signs seek immediate veterinary attention.
- Santa Fe Animal Services
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Subaru hosts free microchip clinic
Subaru of Santa Fe is hosting a free microchip clinic for pets Saturday at its Cerrillos Road dealership.
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