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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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Have a favorite animal-related link? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post it here.
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
Those who love rabbits as companion animals cringe when it comes to Easter — a time when many of these furry creatures promoted in baskets often end up in animal shelters after the bloom of the relationship has wilted.
“Every year, we see the same thing,” said Bill Velasquez, president of the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. “Unwanted Easter rabbits will flood into animal shelters in the coming weeks and months.”
House rabbits — domesticated companion animals that are nothing like the wild breeds that populate New Mexico’s landscape — make wonderful pets, but require dedication, care and training like any other animal. Many people who receive a bunny as an Easter gift often understand little about the rabbit’s complex nature, care or dietary needs, he said.
“When the rabbit grows up and behaves like a normal rabbit, people tend to give up on them — much more easily than they would on a cat or dog,” Velasquez said.
Statistics back up the fears of the statewide nonprofit. According to the International House Rabbit Society, most bunnies acquired as Easter gifts won’t survive their first year. And that’s a shame, said Iris Klimczuk-Massion, a member of the New Mexico House Rabbit Society and volunteer at the Santa Fe animal shelter, who was recently recognized for donating 500 hours of care for shelter rabbits.
“Rabbits are intelligent, have very individual personalities and can be loving house pets, but they are definitely not right for young kids, nor are they easy starter pets as commonly thought,” she said. “There’s a lot to learn about rabbits before bringing one home and they definitely are not for everyone.”
Recently, a domesticated rabbit was trapped in a Bishops Lodge Road neighborhood by a shelter volunteer after residents spotted it abandoned. The rabbit, now named April, is currently at the shelter and will be available for adoption or be taken in by a rescue group if no one claims her.
The House Rabbit Society, and those shelter volunteers who specialize in rabbit care, work to educate potential adopters about the joys of bunny companionship — and what it takes to make that relationship work. They encourage people to consider adopting a rabbit — or better, a bonded pair — but only when the potential adopters understand what they are getting into.
Homes, for example, may require a bit of “bunny proofing” before letting house bunnies run free. It’s natural for bunnies to chew on furniture, rugs, drapes and electrical cords. Offering bunnies attention and safe chewables and toys helps to distract them from unwanted destruction.
A cardboard box stuffed with hay make an inexpensive playbox. Often, it’s best to start with a cage, where rabbits can learn to use a litter box and be safe.
Rabbits can live between 10 to 12 years and can get along with indoor cats and well-mannered dogs.
House Rabbit Society volunteers will be out in force around Easter time, offering information about the group and education about bunnies. An estate sale and bake sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art Gallery, 702 Canyon Road, offers an opportunity for education and support for the group.
The event, which will be held in the gallery’s backyard off Gormely Lane, also features two raffles for a deluxe Easter basket and a handmade quilt, both on display at the gallery starting April 12.
Gallery owner Deborah Fritz said she welcomed the opportunity to support rabbit rescue. Gallery director Palin Wiltshire, herself the guardian of two pairs of house rabbits, said, “It seemed fitting to hold this fundraising event at Easter, a holiday many people associate with rabbits. Santa Fe has a lot of animal lovers, and this event is a chance for them to support rabbit rescue by purchasing some of the fine items for sale or by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win a gorgeous hand-stitched quilt or a deluxe Easter basket.”
Raffle tickets for the handmade quilt to be raffled off on May 26 can also be bought online at: http://nmhrs.givezooks.com/events/5th-annual-new-mexico-house-rabbit-society-quilt-raffle.
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