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Here is a chocolate covered beauty if we ever saw one!! Latte is a 5 year old female Labrador Retriever who is just as sweet as pie. So far we know that this camera ham is eager to please and she is great with other dogs. Latte is in search of a…
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Ponds/water features can drown animals

Ponds/water features can drown animals.  A lost dog in NM was recently found drown in a neighbor's water feature, unable to get out.  Please be sure they have steps or ramps and if you go out of town if someone is checking on your house be sure they check the pond too.  This was a tragic accident that could have been prevented.See More
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6 month old Whitney is hoping you you are looking for a playful, cuddly sweetheart, because if you are, she checks all those boxes. She is also very smart, quiet at night and doing exceptionally well at crate training. As perfect as Whitney is, she…
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Ari & Izzy (Adopted by Freedom Service Dogs)

(Adopted by Freedom Service Dogs) Remember the family rescued from a nearby county shelter within hours of being euthanized for lack of space. The mom Faith and sister Dahlia have found their wonderful forever homes and now it’s time for sisters Ari…
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Six-Week Foundation Agility Course at Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy at Santa Fe, New Mexico

August 9, 2014 at 10:30am to September 13, 2014 at 11:30am
Led by Hannah AgeeFoundation AgilityA 6-week course that will introduce your dog to the foundations of agility skills.Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am, 6 weeks, beginning August 9, 2014$200 + taxThe class will be held at Santa Fe Tails' brand new indoor / outdoor facility. Hannah has taught agility for 16 years and has competed for 15 years with her own dogs, having taken them to the national championship level. Hannah uses positive training methods only.For more information and to register,…See More
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Sloan Cunningham commented on Sloan Cunningham's blog post LOST DOG (1400 block of Taos Street – Near Cerrillos Road & Navajo behind old White Swan building)
"FOUND AND HOME SAFE . Sorry and thank you Julie, forgot I posted here. Yes four days later Norbu saw the Good Water sign and must have instinctively known it was good people with dog biscuits and he needed water!"
Jul 19


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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Listening to Raven: Artist Beth Surdut


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New Mexico Independent Border Collie Rescue

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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



Snake owner claims python found under pickup hood

Dusty Webb, a professional snake handler who has worked on various films, said he had never lost a snake prior to the escape last week from his south-central Santa Fe home of an eight-foot Burmese python.

The snake made news when it was later found clinging to the motor of a Santa Fe woman’s stalled pickup.

“My business is to protect critters and people,” Webb said. “I had never lost an animal. It just makes me sick.”

Webb’s python, Eve, apparently had something to do with the fact that the truck driven by Stephanie Ellis suddenly quit running on Zia Road on Thursday.

Jackson Ault, a friendly passerby who offered to help Ellis, popped open the hood and found the writhing mass of brown and yellow scales in the engine compartment.

Police took the critter to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society while officers tried to find the owner. Ben Swan, a humane society spokesman, said the snake had suffered minor injuries but was OK.

Webb, who has worked on productions such as Breaking Bad and A Million Ways to Die in the West, heard the news about the discovery of a python in Santa Fe while he was working in Albuquerque with his other python, Adam. But he thought there was no it could have been his.

Webb said he had acquired Eve, who has been in a few photo shoots, and Adam about six weeks ago. He had been storing Eve in an older cage and used a heavy table and some wire to secure an opening.

“I figured she couldn’t get out,” Webb said.

But the python, he said, proved him wrong. The reptile apparently stood on her tail and pushed away the table, then slithered out of Webb’s home through a dog door. Webb said he believed the snake probably escaped Wednesday night.

Webb said he lives within a mile of Zia Road and Camino Carlos Rey, the area where police believe the snake crawled into Ellis’ truck. He said he got calls all of Friday from people telling him a snake had made the news. But he wasn’t able to claim his python until Monday.

He said animal control officers planned to visit his home Tuesday morning to ensure the facilities for his lizards and other creatures are up to standard. He added that he already had fixed Eve’s cage, saying, “Superman couldn’t get into this thing now.”

Webb described Eve as timid and incapable of hurting humans or any animal much larger than a rat.

“These are gentle giants,” he said. “This snake is going to be a movie star.”

Webb implored others not to injure snakes and offered to relocate any and all unwanted snakes. He said he can be reached at

Correction: an earlier version of this article repeats the word "was" in the second paragraph.

Contact Chris Quintana at 986-3093 or

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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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Ponds/water features can drown animals

Ponds/water features can drown animals.  A lost dog in NM was recently found drown in a neighbor's water feature, unable to get out.  Please be sure they have steps or ramps and if you go out of town if someone is checking on your house be sure they check the pond too.  This was a tragic accident that could have been prevented.

Posted by Julie L on July 27, 2014 at 9:00am

LOST DOG (1400 block of Taos Street – Near Cerrillos Road & Navajo behind old White Swan building)

LOST dog. Norbu. Weighs about 65 lbs. last seen at 1402 Taos street in Santa Fe. Please call 505-670-9803 or 505-603-5815 if you see him. Do not approach as he may be very…


Posted by Sloan Cunningham on July 13, 2014 at 11:10am — 2 Comments

Desperate to find these two a retirement home!

Posted by Donna on July 7, 2014 at 2:07pm

Mustang Gelding Needs a Place to Go!

Posted by Donna on July 7, 2014 at 2:06pm

Local animal news in brief, June 26, 2014

Warm weather prompts heat warning

Animal welfare advocates are urging people to remember that hot cars and pets don’t mix.

Parked cars can be deadly for pets, says the Humane Society of the United States. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On a 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30…


Posted by Ben Swan on June 26, 2014 at 11:55am

Local animal news in brief, June 19, 2014

Pits get special treatment at event

A new adoption event that features pit bulls aims to demystify the breed and find the often-overlooked dogs loving homes.

The first Pitchers, Pies & Pits will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Back Road Pizza, 1807 Second St., No 1, in Santa Fe. Several pit bulls or pit bull mixes from the Santa Fe animal shelter will be available for adoption at the event, which is being hosted by Piper Kapin, owner of the pizzeria.…


Posted by Ben Swan on June 19, 2014 at 9:36am


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