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In the city limits, Animal Services is at 955-2701. On weekends and holidays, call SFPD dispatch at 955-2700.
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Animal Protection of New Mexico
Animal Shelter Tips Blog
All Creatures Memorials
Best Friends Animal Sancturary
Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary
Cat Spay of Santa Fe
City of Santa Fe Animal Services
Desert Paws - news from Cochiti Lake
New Mexico House Rabbit Society
New Mexico Independent Border Collie Rescue
New Mexico Mustang and Burro Association
Pet Loss Support Page
Santa Fe Border Collie Club
Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society
Santa Fe Dog Park blog
Save the Chimps
Shaking Wind Ranch
Southwest Llama Rescue
The Wildlife Center
Colin Campbell was a regular guy living a regular life in 2008. He had a nice job, a nice house and a beautiful wife until, as heartache often happens, he returned from a business trip to learn his wife didn’t want to be married anymore.
“I really struggled” is Campbell’s short description of what went down. “I was shocked. There were no second chances. No discussion about it.”
Living in Toronto, working hard as he always had, Campbell’s friends grew concerned, suggesting he do something that he had never done before: get a dog.
Rambling around his house alone and depressed, he went online to a pet rescue site and found about as much dog as any human might bargain for, the kind-faced George, a 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, though he was a mere pup, just over a year old, at the time.
George, too, was in need of saving. He had been abandoned. There was evidence of abuse and neglect. He was wary of men in particular, including Campbell, and had trouble with trust.
Together the two healed, and a move a year later to Los Angeles worked some magic of its own.
Newfoundlands are water dogs, though George had never had the opportunity to experience the ocean. When Campbell went surfing, George swam right out and hopped on his board, earning accolades over the next three years from the surf crowd at Hermosa Beach and competing a couple of times in a doggie surf competition that raises money for pet rescue.
“I don’t think he had ever swam before, but he just instinctively knew how to do it,” Campbell said. “He had balance and he had an affinity for it and he did really well. So George went from homeless in Canada to surf champ in California.”
All of this, it turns out, made for a great book, Free Days with George, out this month from Anchor Canada, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The title, Campbell said in a recent interview — with the fluffy George at his side — comes from something Campbell’s grandfather used to say, having saved from drowning three Allied comrades on D-Day as they stormed Juno Beach at Normandy.
He, Seymour Wylde Howes III, considered all good days spent doing something you love, with people who love you, free days. “That’s a good day,” he’d say. “That’s a free day on Earth.”
That’s how it felt for Campbell, surfing with George, loving George, sharing George with all of his admirers.
“He went out of his way to try and make things good,” Campbell said of his gentle giant of a friend. “As he moved on and got better, he really taught me how to do the same. We were both at a really dark place. When we moved to California and he swam in the ocean, it was like a baptism. Like he really discovered his purpose and all the DNA for Newfoundlands who were bred to save people in the water, he figured it out. He came out of the water and he goes, I know what I’m supposed to do. He had a confidence that he never had before.”
George continues to be a feel-good ambassador for all who meet him. Campbell and George are on a cross-country bus tour promoting their book, stopping at animal shelters along the way to drop off donated bags of food and help raise awareness of the need to rescue homeless pets. According to his website, Campbell is expected to be in Santa Fe from May 23-24 to visit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, but details were still being worked out Wednesday.
Over six weeks, starting from New York this week, the two will visit 26 cities in their tricked-out luxury bus, the title of the book and George’s black face and mostly white fluff across each side.
They hope to return to California for a little surfing later this month. By Newfoundland standards, George is up in years at 8. Campbell wasn’t sure whether he’d be quite as enthusiastic about a surfboard.
Looking back, the 54-year-old Campbell recalled how helping George took some time. A meandering bus trip seemed fitting.
“It was a rocky start at first,” Campbell said. “I had to take him through obedience and gradually socialize him. It took about a year for him to trust and to recognize that I was somebody who was helping him.”
The takeaway, for Campbell and George, is an obvious one.
“I really credit him for saving my life,” the human said.
As for George, he did what dogs do, as the two began their media tour Monday. He licked the face of one new fan, rolled over for a tummy rub by another. There was no surfboard on this visit, but as Campbell said:
“He’s a little older. I’m a little older. That’s OK.”
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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…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on May 26, 2016 at 10:52am
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 email@example.com if you can help.
Posted by Bobbi Heller on May 20, 2016 at 9:33am
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.…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on May 19, 2016 at 10:16am
As of today, $625 has been raised towards our target of $1,000 to cover the cost of vet care for this darling kitten who was born with deformed bones in her front legs. Her story can be viewed at
Please forward the link to anyone you think might help us and this sweet kitty.
Posted by Bobbi Heller on May 18, 2016 at 4:25pm
More sightings of missing dog
New sightings of a dog that took off during a crash on Interstate 25 in April are encouraging to volunteers and family members searching for the elderly Husky.
Volunteer searchers said Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky who went missing after a crash April 19, had been sighted early Wednesday in Eldorado. Residents in the neighborhood where the dog was sighted have been leaving food and water out for him, according to reports. The dog is…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on May 12, 2016 at 3:08pm
Luncheon supports Horse Shelter
Tickets are still available for a popular luncheon in a unique ranch setting that supports a local horse shelter.
The Horse Shelter’s 15th Fundraising Auction Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the shelter’s ranch in Cerrillos,
Tax-deductible tickets are $75 per person. The event is The Horse Shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year and it raises almost a quarter of the nonprofit’s annual…Continue
Posted by Ben Swan on May 6, 2016 at 2:52pm