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This is Violet, named because she was found in a flower planter in front of a business when she was 6-8 weeks old. She was scared and nervous, but didn’t take long for her to come around. Luvin’ Labs took her in, started her on vetting, she weighed…
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National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart

September 13, 2014 from 11am to 2pm
Fall is Coming.  Add a Furry Member to your Family!Cats of various ages will be available for adoption throughout this 3-day event.   Pre-Adoption applications recommended. Available online at www.fandfnm.orgSee More
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National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart

September 14, 2014 from 12pm to 3pm
Add a Furry Companion to your Family!Cats of various ages will be available for adoption throughout this 3-day event.   Pre-Adoption applications recommended. Available online at www.fandfnm.orgSee More
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National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart

September 12, 2014 from 3pm to 6pm
Add a Furry Companion to Your Family!Cats of various ages will be available for adoption throughout this 3-day event.   Pre-Adoption applications recommended. Available online at www.fandfnm.orgSee More
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Yard Sale! at Eldorado

September 20, 2014 from 8am to 1pm
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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 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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Kasey’s legacy: Police service dog lives on in the memories of children

She brought smiles to thousands of children’s face and was able to diffuse the toughest of any situation.

Many people knew Kasey by name, and would call out to her as she rode on the Santa Fe Police Department float during the Fiesta parade. Her guardian, retired police officer Bruce Pratz, said he simply accepted the fact that she was the star and didn’t mind playing second fiddle to this exceptional canine.

“No one knew my name,” he said, “I was just the guy with the dog. She had a regular fan club. She made so many friends in her life. She never knew any other life – she gave her whole life to the children of Santa Fe.”

Kasey died earlier in early July after battling spleen cancer. She was 9.

Pratz and his wife, Annette, mourn the loss of their companion, but said they are proud that she made such a difference in so many people’s lives. Annette Pratz said as a puppy, Kasey was always regal and always laid with her front paws crossed and her head held high.

Kasey started going to schools with Bruce Pratz to work with children when she was 6 weeks old. She taught — simply through her presence — good behavior, loyalty, punctuality and work ethics.

She also helped children secure their safety through an identification program, Bruce Pratz said. This was prompted when a salesman met Kasey at Don Chalmers Ford and urged the owner to donate children’s identification software, a camera and printer to the police department. Working with For Kids’ Sake, Kasey’s photo was taken with close to 18,000 children. Her presence in the photo helped overcome a lot of resistance from the children, he said.

Kasey attended many community functions through the years, Bruce Pratz said, but she also offered a calming presence. In 2005, during a tense time at Santa Fe High School, Kasey spent a day at the school, helping ease the situation.

One highlight of Kasey’s service was in 2009, when Bruce Pratz and Kasey were nominated as city employees of the month. The plaque remains in a proud position on the wall of the couple’s home, Annette Pratz said.

“She became a giant in the community,” she said. “She was so loved.”

Kasey retired when Bruce Pratz retired from the department earlier this year. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that.

The cancer progressed quickly, Bruce Pratz said, and while she had several rebounds from seizures, she eventually succumbed to the disease. Kasey was Pratz’s second service dog. Autumn was with him for many years, but developed bone cancer and died in 2010. Kasey and Autumn were often together at events, even after Autumn lost one leg to the cancer.

Another golden retriever, Little Ebony — Ebbie — was being groomed to be a successor, but is now happy to be a member of the Pratz family.

The police department’s canine program ended when Pratz retired. Other officers weren’t interested in continuing the program or being a dog handler, he said.

Kasey’s legacy lives on, however, in the memories of Santa Fe’s children.

“I could not be a more proud puppy mom,” Annette Pratz said, “and was blessed to have been given such a beautiful gift as our little girl Kasey.”

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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.

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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 1

Buddhist monk to hold pet blessing

A Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Dalai Lama and former member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile will lead a pet blessing at the Santa Fe animal shelter.

The blessing by Geshe Thupten Phelgye is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the courtyard next to the shelter’s adoptions building, 100 Caja del Rio Road. It is free and open to the public.

Phelgye, who will also bless the shelter’s homeless animals, is founder…


Posted by Ben Swan on September 1, 2014 at 4:14pm

Intro to Nose Work

Nose work is such a wonderful activity and a great way to build your communication skills with your dog! And it really is great for all ages & sizes: we teach an 86 year old student, a 14 year old dog, students in their 20's as well as any dog who has had their puppy shots plus a great dane and a dachshund!!class-register/cjva…


Posted by L.R. Kastner on August 29, 2014 at 10:11am


Lib has been found - way down on Airport Road!!!  Thank the Lord!

Posted by Harriet Dial on August 26, 2014 at 10:16pm — 3 Comments


Lost Black Lab, goes by "LIB" for Liberty.  Last seen at my home this afternoon (4 Escondido Mtn, Rancho Viejo). Ran during the storm.  Has white frosting around mouth & muzzle, white chest, white paws.  Has blue collar with tag stating to call 412-7273 or text 614-7163.  Had recent surgery on right front paw -…


Posted by Harriet Dial on August 26, 2014 at 8:34pm

GPS Collars for Dogs - ever wonder how much extra exercise they get?

When letting the dogs off leash at the dog park, I have often wondered how much extra exercise they get.  I put a GPS collar on my dog today and compared my track to her track.  I walked 1.6 miles and my dog went 2.7…

Posted by Julie L on August 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Local animal news in brief, Aug. 7, 2014

Pit bulls get special treatment

The Santa Fe animal shelter is celebrating the joys of pit bulls this month with a Pittie Luau and special events at a local restaurant.

The promotion aims to put a spotlight on many of the dogs of this breed who tend to stay in adoptions…


Posted by Ben Swan on August 8, 2014 at 12:30pm


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