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A Kitchen Full of Kittens

"I am still fostering for the Santa Fe Shelter. Right now I have two black kittens who are now ready for adoption."
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Beautiful Hayden, left in a high-kill shelter with her BFF with no idea why; at least they had each other for comfort. Both dogs are doing the “happy dance” today as they both have been rescued, are safe and will soon be looking for those special…
17 hours ago
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Bogie & Becall's Puppies

We are excited to introduce some very special puppies who are ready for adoption! These pups are Lab/ Catahoula mixes. Their parents, Bogie and Bacall, are more than ready to be empty nesters… and the little Rugrats are looking forward to finding…
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Almudena Ortiz Cué posted an event

Fall and Winter Dog Training Classes at C.H.A.C.O.'s Hub

November 1, 2014 from 9am to 10am
With the fall season already upon us we'd like to share some good news so that you have something to look forward to. C.H.A.C.O. has some upcoming classes starting this November!Here are some of the details for the upcoming classes: Kinder Pup 1:Your puppy’s proper socialization should start pronto! A well socialized puppy – one that welcomes the interaction of friendly people and dogs is not only a happy pup but also a pleasure to live with. Kinder Pup 1 curriculum supports learning at your…See More
Bobbi Heller posted a blog post

Shopping Can Help Felines & Friends

If you shop at:Albertson's - please stop by our Adoption Center at Petco and pick up a Community Partners card and swipe each time you check out at Albertsons.Smith's -  simply log in it to and link your Rewards Card to Felines & - log into instead of the regular Amazon site.   Search for Felines & Friends New Mexico and…See More
Oct 15
Sloan Cunningham commented on Sloan Cunningham's blog post LOST DOG ~ TONIGHT NEAR ALAMEDA + OLD SANTA FE TRAIL + DON GASPAR
"Let's thank the lost dog goddesses and Saint Francis of Assisi Zoey is FOUND - I'm hoping she's ok, waiting to hear back."
Oct 13
Sloan Cunningham commented on Cindy Sheley's blog post Neglected Dog
"Cindy, I understand you may be out of town. Please call City of Santa Fe Animal Services 505-955-2701 weekdays. Please call Mary Martin, Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society Executive Director
 (505) 983-4309 x201; Cell: 
(505) 470-8940…"
Oct 13


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.

Want to be part of a growing number of people who help find animals? Join the e-mail alert list about lost/found animals. Organized by Scoop member Claudia Inoue, recipients are notified when there is an animal lost in the Santa Fe area. If you'd like to be a part of the list, e-mail Read more about the database.

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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Dew Paws

East Mountain Pet Alert

Espanola Valley Humane Society

Felines & Friends New Mexico

House Rabbit Society

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary

Listening to Raven: Artist Beth Surdut


Luvin' Labradors Retriever Rescue New Mexico

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



Amid protests, infected nurse’s dog killed for fears of Ebola

By Raphael Minder and Pam Belluck/The New York Times

MADRID, Spain — A dog named Excalibur who belonged to an Ebola-infected nurse was euthanized Wednesday, even as protesters and animal rights activists surrounded the Madrid home of the nurse and her husband. An online petition calling for the dog’s life to be spared had drawn hundreds of thousands of signatures.

The furor came amid questions about whether dogs can get and transmit the disease.

In the U.S., a spokesman for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Thomas Skinner, said Wednesday that studies had shown that dogs can have an immune response to Ebola, meaning that they can become infected. But he said there had been no reports of dogs or cats developing Ebola symptoms or passing the disease to other animals or to people.

The death of Excalibur, a 12-year-old rescue dog, was confirmed to reporters by Javier Rodríguez, an official from Madrid’s regional government. The body is expected to be cremated.

The nurse’s husband had pleaded publicly with officials in Madrid to change their minds about euthanizing the dog. He told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that there was no indication Excalibur had been infected with Ebola. The nurse has been identified as María Teresa Romero Ramos.

The fate of the dog ignited a frenzy online. More than 390,000 people signed the petition to save his life. By comparison, about 150,000 people have signed a petition urging the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track research on a potential vaccine and treatment for Ebola.

Twitter erupted with pleas in both English and Spanish to save Excalibur’s life.

Then, after Excalibur’s death, came tweets using the hashtag #RIPExcalibur.

Some also suggested that more attention was being focused on the dog than on Ebola’s human victims.

Nearly 4,000 people in West Africa have died during the current Ebola epidemic, and global health authorities expect to see thousands more infections there. The Spanish nurse was the first person to become infected outside West Africa.

The only case diagnosed in the U.S. has been that of a Liberian man who had traveled from Liberia to Dallas and died in a hospital there Wednesday. Three infected American aid workers were transferred from Africa to American hospitals and treated successfully, and a freelance cameraman for NBC who became infected in Liberia is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Nebraska.

In a 2005 study of dogs in Gabon done after an Ebola outbreak in 2001-02, researchers found that dogs can be infected with the virus but show no symptoms.

The study, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a CDC journal, tested dogs in two villages in the heart of the Ebola outbreak, as well as dogs in a city with some human Ebola cases, dogs in distant villages and a control group of dogs in France. Of 159 dogs tested from the two villages, 40 had Ebola antigens in their blood. This rate was significantly higher than the prevalence of antigens found in dogs in the city with some human cases, three times higher than the dogs several hundred miles from the outbreak, and much higher than the dogs in France. Two out of 102 dogs tested in France had antigens for Ebola.

The researchers said the possibility that pet dogs could become infected and transmit the virus to humans could not be ruled out.

None of the dogs in the study showed symptoms, unlike wild animals. In gorillas and chimpanzees, Ebola infection is often lethal, the study said. Still, it is possible that dogs exposed to Ebola could be a potential source of human infection if people come in contact with viral particles in dog urine, feces or saliva through “licking, biting, or grooming,” the study said.

“Given the frequency of contact between humans and domestic dogs,” it said, “canine Ebola infection must be considered as a potential risk factor for human infection and virus spread.”

Still, Dr. Thomas Ksiazek, a longtime Ebola expert at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said he was dubious that the dog in Spain needed to be euthanized. Even if Excalibur was infected, it is not known if dogs can transmit the virus to humans or other animals.

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Scoop - We are the heart of Santa Fe's great animal-loving community.

Remember in order to become a member of Scoop, you must indicate whether you have an animal companion and what his or her name is. Those who don't have animal companions must simply say what animals mean to them. It's a simple rule, but it helps to eliminate spammers or those with certain agendas.

PLEASE remember we do not allow unsupported blog postings that are intended as attacks on any groups or individuals. This is a place for communication about animal-welfare issues and not one-sided agendas.

GOT NEWS? Send all your animal story ideas, pet-related events or interesting facts to and they will be published in Thursday's Scoop section of The New Mexican (depending on space. You are welcome to post items here as well! is a community-networking site. If you wish to advertise a product or service please contact our advertising department at (505) 995-3846. Profiles that are overtly commercial can be removed.

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Shopping Can Help Felines & Friends

If you shop at:

Albertson's - please stop by our Adoption Center at Petco and pick up a Community Partners card and swipe each time you check out at Albertsons.

Smith's -  simply log in it to and link your Rewards Card to Felines & Friends. - log into instead of the regular Amazon site.   Search…


Posted by Bobbi Heller on October 15, 2014 at 8:02pm


EYES WIDE OPEN PLEASE SANTA FE FRIENDS from Julie Kokin Miller: At approx 5:15 this evening (Monday) a black lab ran in front of my car on Alameda near Don Gaspar. I hit the dog with my car but she kept on running. I have been with the owners looking for her ever since. They do not live in this area (Albuquerque) so the dog is running scared. I don't know how injured she is. Can you please help me get the word out…


Posted by Sloan Cunningham on October 13, 2014 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

‘Blazing Saddles’ tribute benefits shelter

A cast member of the comedy classic Blazing Saddles will host a showing of the film at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Nov. 21 to benefit the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.

The event is a celebration of the 40th anniversary of film,…


Posted by Ben Swan on October 9, 2014 at 10:44am

Local animal news in brief, Oct. 9, 2014

Rummage sale benefits Wildlife Center

A Saturday fundraiser dubbed Boutique, Estate And Rummage Sale or BEARS, will benefit The Wildlife Center.

The 9 a.m. sale is in the parking lot of St. John’s Methodist Church at Cordova Road and Old Pecos Train in Santa Fe. In addition to a great selection of things to purchase such as jewelry, books, sporting goods, artwork and tools, the center also will have live educational raptors on display.

All proceeds will…


Posted by Ben Swan on October 9, 2014 at 10:34am

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 18, 2014

Variety show supports animal group

A variety show Saturday will benefit a nonprofit group that helps companion animals of homeless people.

The Jewel Box Cabaret, which has been described as the “most unique, original and exciting Las Vegas-style variety show in Santa Fe,” is set for 8 p.m. Saturday at the Armory for the Arts Theater. Tickets are $20.

All proceeds from the performance benefit the Street Homeless Animal Project, a nonprofit that provides food and…


Posted by Ben Swan on September 19, 2014 at 9:59am

Neglected Dog

I'm looking for advice. A neighbor in my apartment stairwell has a large (but fairly young) Bulldog Mix. She lives in a small one bedroom apt. The dog is gorgeous and very friendly. The owner hardly walks this stunning mass of muscles. Now she is just letting him deficate and urinate in her small patio. Both the urine and poop are in quite large quantities so the air quality isn't the best right now. The apartment complex is trying to get her to clean up, but that's not really my issue. I'm…


Posted by Cindy Sheley on September 18, 2014 at 8:03pm — 9 Comments


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