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Shelter puppy needs heart surgery

Near the end of April, a small, 8 week old, American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to our shelter.   All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn't afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays but you could physically feel the murmur with your bare hand. In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl we had ever seen; her entire body wiggled in a frenzy to snuggle with us. Everyone…See More
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Fireworks spark record number of strays at shelter

Missy is a lucky dog. She’s one of just a handful of dogs who bolted from her house after loud fireworks spooked her on Independence Day and she was picked up by city Animal Services.More than 20 dogs came into the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Monday and early Tuesday – a huge increase from previous years — but more than half remain waiting for their owners. Some, like Missy, were microchipped or had tags, and their owners were contacted.Others might have to wait much longer to be reunited with…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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Animal Sense: Disaster prep for your animals – it’s not if, but when

By Sara Palmer
For The New Mexican

June was National Pet Preparedness Month, and that fact combined with the consequences of the Dog Head Fire that tore through nearly 20,000 acres of New Mexico landscape should raise alarms for all people with companion animals.

What will you do if your or your neighbor’s house catches on fire? Do you have a plan for a prolonged power outage during these peak temperatures? If you have to make the decision to evacuate your home, for whatever reason, do you have a plan to care for, protect and save your animals?

“First responders may be able to assist people with a dog or cat in an immediate rescue operation, but it’s up to each family to evacuate their own animals,” said Sharon Jonas, program manager with Animal Protection of New Mexico and a trained animal disaster responder.

During the recent Dog Head Fire that devastated families in and near the Monzano Mountains, the East Mountain Community Emergency Response Team set up an emergency shelter. There the group cared for 138 goats, 115 cattle, 45 dogs, 15 horses, 12 cats, nine chickens, five sheep, five llamas, one mule and one duck.

“With so many communities in New Mexico being either semi-rural or agricultural, combined with long-term drought-affected terrain, the consideration for a disaster should be more about when it happens than if,” said Jonas, who has participated in numerous trainings with FEMA, the American Red Cross and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She volunteered in Baton Rouge, La., after Hurricane Katrina, and most recently, assisted with the CERT emergency animal shelter in Estancia during the Dog Head Fire.

Creating a disaster plan to protect yourself, your family and your companion animals takes a multilayer approach. Start with creating an emergency kit, one that includes copies of veterinary records, medications, leashes, carriers, food, water bowls, bedding, towels, small litter box, cat litter and scooper, pet first aid and any comfort items. Important note: Keep vaccinations up to date, as your animals will be around others in an emergency shelter.

Store your emergency kit in an accessible, central location, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Create a checklist or a binder with all important information, clearly labeled. Now you’re ready to go, but where do you go and what do you do?

APNM’s deputy director, Daniel Abram, had to evacuate his small farm during the Dog Head Fire. Donkeys, cats, dogs, pigs and chickens needed swift and safe housing. “I was that person who said to himself and others, ‘Yeah, I should really make a fire plan,’ ” Abram said. “I am now that person telling others to do it. Do it today. I am not kidding. When it is upon you, it is terrifying.”

Knowing when to leave and where to go can be the toughest part of an evacuation. You’ll constantly second guess your decisions. To avoid these setbacks, Jonas recommended creating an evacuation plan, one that includes communicating with your friends, family, veterinarian and boarding facility and practice the plan several times. Get children involved, talk to your neighbors, know how to search for lost animals and map out your surroundings so that you can make the best possible choices for your animals when an emergency drives you out of your home. Practicing your evacuation plan will help families remain calm during an emergency and think clearly if unforeseen obstacles arise.

“In most situations, homeowners are not allowed to go back to their property once they’ve left an evacuated area, and primary access roads may be closed,” Jonas said.

“Plus,” she said, “animals don’t like change and get distressed easily. If they’ve had a chance to practice being in crates and cars or trailers, it will make it a lot easier for both people and their animals when it’s time to evacuate.”

It’s heart wrenching even to think about losing our animals when disaster strikes. You can get specific details on disaster prep for animals at www.apnm.org/safety.

Sara Palmer is the communications director for Animal Protection of New Mexico, the premier animal protection nonprofit in New Mexico, advocating for animals by effecting systemic change and working towards the humane treatment of all animals since 1979.

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Blog Posts

Shelter puppy needs heart surgery

Near the end of April, a small, 8 week old, American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to our shelter.   All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn't afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays but you could physically feel the murmur with your bare hand.



In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl we had ever seen; her entire body wiggled in a frenzy to…

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Posted by Kersti Rock on July 9, 2016 at 2:30pm

Fireworks spark record number of strays at shelter

Missy is a lucky dog. She’s one of just a handful of dogs who bolted from her house after loud fireworks spooked her on Independence Day and she was picked up by city Animal Services.

More than 20 dogs came into the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Monday and early Tuesday – a huge increase from previous years — but more than half remain waiting for their owners. Some, like Missy, were microchipped or had tags, and their owners were contacted.

Others might have to wait much longer to…

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Posted by Ben Swan on July 6, 2016 at 12:46pm

Local animal news in brief, June 2, 2016

Cocktail party to help cat group

A fundraising party this weekend, featuring food, wine, a raffle and a silent auction, will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.

The eighth annual Cocktails for Critters will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in a luxury Santa Fe home. Proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will support the nonprofit’s mission of providing second chances to cats in need. Each year, the group…

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Posted by Ben Swan on June 2, 2016 at 5:00pm

Holiday prompts safety tips for pets

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and animal-welfare advocates say it’s a good time to consider your pet’s comfort.

The weekend may be a time of cookouts, camping, parties and road trips, but a bit of extra precaution can make the holiday a safe adventure for all, including four-legged friends.

Do not leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Parked cars can be deadly for pets, says the Humane Society of the United States. On a warm day, temperatures…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 26, 2016 at 10:52am

Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Volunteers Urgently Needed! We have a number of [morning, midday, evening] slots to fill in the schedule for caregivers at our Petco Adoption Center. Commitment is 2 hours a week per slot. Tasks include scooping litterboxes, feeding and playing with cats. Reliability and attention to detail a must. Please send e-mail to askfelinesandfriends@yahoo.com if you can help.

Posted by Bobbi Heller on May 20, 2016 at 9:33am

Local animal news in brief, May 19, 2016

Fundraising site started for family of missing dog

A fundraising site has been set up for the Colorado family of an elderly dog that ran away after the family’s pickup rolled on Interstate 25.

The family’s dog, Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky, who went missing after a crash April 19, has been sighted several times near Eldorado. The family, which includes Jon Weisser, his wife, and infant, was hospitalized, but they were released after being treated for injuries.…

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Posted by Ben Swan on May 19, 2016 at 10:16am

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