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I was away from home on May 9, when we had that nasty storm.  When my dogsitter arrived in the morning, my red heeler Sage in her panic had tried to dig a hole through my living room door and finally pried open the panel on the dog door, and climbed over or pushed through the 5 ft high fence.  When I returned the next day, I started the search.I found really good suggestions for finding and approaching a lost dog on MissingPetPartnership.com. I have contacted the shelters and vets, put up…See More
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Police: Owners can be cited for leaving pets in hot carsDozens of reports of dogs left in hot cars this summer have prompted the Santa Fe Police Department to remind people the practice is dangerous and illegal.Hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles, said spokesman Greg Gurule of the Santa Fe Police Department. He said the city’s Animal Services Division averages 300 calls for welfare checks for pets left in vehicles during the summer. Most…See More
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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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Fireworks take toll on area dogs

Santa Fe city and county animal services officers and animal shelter workers were busy Tuesday night and early Wednesday rounding up and caring for more than 30 dogs that become spooked from the blasts of Fourth of July celebrations and had run off from their homes. At least two were injured, officials said, including one that was so severely injured by a vehicle that it had be euthanized.

Johnny Martinez, manager of the city’s Animal Services Division, said his crew anticipated a busy night and arranged for more officers to be out on the streets. But it wasn’t enough.

“As soon as we finished our shift at 12:30 a.m., we got more calls about lost and stray dogs,” Martinez said. “The overnight officer was swamped.”

Dogs that are frightened by fireworks or other loud noises present a challenge for officers, Martinez said, and require more time to catch. “They are scared and won’t come to you when you call them,” he said.

The dogs also overwhelmed the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society at a time when the facility already had a high number of pets waiting for permanent homes. Workers had to quickly find space for the dozens of stray dogs brought in overnight, pairing animals in order to free up other kennels. There were a total of 160 dogs there Wednesday.

But Executive Director Jennifer Steketee said she was glad the runaway dogs were safe at the shelter and not loose in the community. “Frightened, lost dogs are at risk of injury,” she said. “We’re happy that we can be there for them.”

Most of the animals that came into the shelter overnight were still waiting for their owners Wednesday afternoon, said Monica Gonzalez, the shelter’s director of admissions. Luckily, she said, most of the dogs were licensed or microchipped, and those owners had been contacted. But Gonzalez said some of the microchips led to dead ends because the dogs’ owners had failed to update their information.

“It’s been a crazy day,” she said, “but we hope we can find all the owners. People have been telling us that their dogs took off because of the fireworks.”

Martinez said the owner of the dog that had to be euthanized told him the fireworks were directly to blame for the dog bolting.

Another dog was brought to the shelter with injuries caused by a vehicle, although it’s uncertain if fireworks were a reason for the mishap.

The 3-year-old female heeler, which didn’t have a license tag or microchip, was picked up by Santa Fe County animal control officers Tuesday morning on N.M. 76 between La Puebla and Chimayó. She was taken to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic and then brought to the animal shelter for treatment. She was heavily sedated Wednesday and is awaiting surgery, said Laura Pfeifer, a shelter veterinarian.

She likely will lose her leg, Pfeifer said.

The shelter was busy Wednesday as people called and stopped in to ask about their lost animals and pick up strays that had been found. More than 20 lost-and-found reports were filed, Gonzalez said.

The shelter uses a variety of ways to find owners. Staff members immediately post photos of a lost animal on the shelter’s website, and admissions counselors do what they can to find the owners, including posting messages on Facebook, looking in publications for lost animals and connecting reports of lost dogs with the owners of animals that have been found.

City and county regulations vary on the length of time an animal is at the shelter before it becomes available for adoption — generally three days if the pet has no tags or microchip, or five days if the animal has identification but the owner cannot be contacted.

Gonzalez urged people to license their pets and have them microchipped, both inexpensive ways to help make sure an animal is returned home safely.

Martinez agreed that tags and microchips are important tools to help connect lost dogs with their owners, though it takes more time to track down owners through microchips, and the chips aren’t much help if the information on them isn’t current.

Martinez also encouraged people not to leave their pets in vehicles, which has been a problem lately as temperatures in the area have soared. People forget that the temperature inside a vehicle can get dangerously hot, he said, even if windows are left open.

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• For more information on licensing or to ask about a lost pet, call the shelter’s admissions department at 505-983-4309, ext. 1606. The shelter’s website is sfhumanesociety.org.

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Lost Dog - Lessons Learned

I was away from home on May 9, when we had that nasty storm.  When my dogsitter arrived in the morning, my red heeler Sage in her panic had tried to dig a hole through my living room door and finally pried open the panel on the dog door, and climbed over or pushed through the 5 ft high fence.  When I returned the next day, I started the search.

I found really good suggestions for finding and approaching a lost dog on MissingPetPartnership.com. I have contacted the shelters and vets,…

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Posted by Peggy Powers on July 21, 2017 at 10:57am

Local animal news in brief, July 20, 2017

Police: Owners can be cited for leaving pets in hot cars

Dozens of reports of dogs left in hot cars this summer have prompted the Santa Fe Police Department to remind people the practice is dangerous and illegal.

Hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles, said spokesman Greg Gurule of the Santa Fe Police Department. He said the city’s Animal Services Division averages 300 calls for welfare checks for…

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Posted by Ben Swan on July 20, 2017 at 9:53am

Adoptions Today at Aldea

Felines & Friends and Small Dog Rescue have wonderful cats and dogs available for adoption at the Aldea Community Center (off 599 Frontage Rd). We are here until 2pm

Posted by Bobbi Heller on July 15, 2017 at 11:28am

Professional Animal Care Permit for Pet sitters and Dog Walkers in Santa Fe

When searching for a pet sitter for your fur baby and your peace of mind consider to check this and Google reviews for local professional pet sitting companies.

Professional Animal Care Petmit for Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers…

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Posted by Pet Angel Irina on July 5, 2017 at 4:42pm

Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contest

Name a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 18, 2017 at 10:13am

Local animal news in brief, May 11, 2017

Animal sanctuary celebrates collective birthday

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary and Hospice will hold its collective birthday party and open house this weekend.

The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said the open house and party is a great way for the whole family to meet the sanctuary’s many happy and healthy senior animals in a serene and peaceful country setting. Both days feature free talks and demonstrations…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 12, 2017 at 9:56am

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