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Dogs, cats and humans get similar cancers that respond to treatment in similar ways. Despite these similarities, however, veterinarians and physicians have traditionally worked separately to improve care for their patients. By breaking down that…
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Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2017

Shelter joins Earth Day festivalThe Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday in Los Alamos.The shelter’s adoptable dogs will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The festival is hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.The free festival features entertainment, food, fun activities and interesting booths. For a listing of events, visit the group’s website at…See More
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CHACO Dog Training has Dog & Puppy Classes this Spring at CHACO's Hub

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Puppy Playtime:Puppy playtime is a vital activity by which your puppy will continue to practice bite inhibition. When puppies play with one another they give each other feedback as to the pressure of their “play” bites. If a puppy bites too hard, the playmate will most likely screech and stop the play as a warning to the play- biting pup that the pressure is too much and not tolerated. Thus the puppies learn to handicap the pressure of their (play) bite. Fee: $16.05/per visit /per puppy. Please…See More
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Free workshop covers adoption optionsPetfinder will bring nationally known animal welfare speakers to lead a free educational workshop in Albuquerque.Adoption Options, sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and co-hosted by the Santa Fe animal shelter and Animal Humane in Albuquerque, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at Sheraton Albuquerque, 2600 Louisiana Blvd., N.E. The workshop tours through the country and is designed to engage and connect animal welfare professionals and…See More
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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.
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Group looks to improve city’s off-leash dog park

By Ben Swan/For The New Mexican

Jane Larson looks over the great expanse of the Frank Ortiz Dog Park near the city’s transfer station and sees potential: A place that would offer much more than an open space where people gather to walk with their dogs or throw balls for them to fetch.

“We have a jewel,” Larson says during a recent outing with her friends Robin Hardin and Maya Spotted Bear and their dogs. “It’s a jewel in the rough, but a jewel never the less.”

The three have formed a new group — soon to be a nonprofit — fittingly called The Dog Park Project. Its goal?

Build on the good work of dog owners and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and transform the park into a world-class destination for dog lovers.

“We have this extraordinary piece of real estate that has long been used and loved by dog owners, but it’s a bit floopy,” she said. “It needs a professional finish and appearance, good signage and cleaning up.”

The three, along with longtime dog park cleanup coordinator Pamela Geyer, will be a part of Saturday’s biannual cleanup, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Utensils, including buckets, tables, chairs, bags and hand sanitizers, as well as refreshments, will be available. The cleanup, along with many others set around town, is coordinated with the parks department and Keep Santa Fe Beautiful.

The dog park, on the southwest side of Camino de las Crucitas at Buckman Road, offers more than 135 acres of foothills where dog owners have long taken their pups on long walks and let them run loose in the unfenced area, a former landfill site.

The park often ranks as the top 10 among the nation’s dog parks, but Larson says she thinks the park can hit the top of the list. The three are committed to helping it get that way, and have joined the city’s Adopt-A-Park program, hoping to raise funds for improvements, including dog water fountains, shade structures, benches, more dog poop bag dispensers and a puppy play area.

Larson, squinting her eyes over the rough but beautiful terrain, also can envision an amphitheater, a place where dogs and people can enjoy concerts and other organized outdoor activities.

But for now, the three are content on cleaning the park and looking forward to a big turnout Saturday.

The three think that better signage will help make the park safer and cleaner.

“We don’t want to rely on the twice yearly cleanups,” Hardin said. “We hope people will clean up daily. Sometimes, there aren’t always bags here and the people, think, ‘What do I do?’ ”

Hardin adopted a puppy, Zoe, about 18 months ago and started joining Larson at the park with Larson’s dog Soho. Spotted Bear, a recent arrival to Santa Fe, has been enjoying the park with her husky Zuko. Water is first on Spotted Bear’s wish list.

Larson, who has been visiting the park for about 10 years, says she thinks with the number of dog lovers and dog-related businesses in Santa Fe that it shouldn’t be difficult to create a world-class dog park.

“I think the love and the passion is there to really raise the bar and change the culture so that people are cleaning up after the dogs all the time,” she said.

Donations to the park are tax deductible and those who donate $150 or more will receive a custom photo portrait of their dog and donor recognition on the group’s website. For more information, visit www.thedogparkproject.org.

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Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2017

Shelter joins Earth Day festival

The Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable dogs to the annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday in Los Alamos.

The shelter’s adoptable dogs will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the festival at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road. The festival is hosted by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The free festival features…

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Posted by Ben Swan on April 20, 2017 at 11:57am

Local animal news in brief, March 30, 2017

Free workshop covers adoption options

Petfinder will bring nationally known animal welfare speakers to lead a free educational workshop in Albuquerque.

Adoption Options, sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and co-hosted by the Santa Fe animal shelter and Animal Humane in Albuquerque, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at Sheraton Albuquerque, 2600 Louisiana Blvd., N.E. The workshop tours through the country and is designed to engage and connect…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 30, 2017 at 11:15am

Free workshop covers adoption options



Petfinder will bring nationally known animal welfare speakers to lead a free educational workshop in Albuquerque.

Adoption Options, sponsored by the Petfinder Foundation and co-hosted by the Santa Fe animal shelter and Animal Humane in Albuquerque, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at Sheraton Albuquerque, 2600 Louisiana Blvd., N.E. The workshop tours through the country and is designed to engage and connect animal welfare professionals and…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 23, 2017 at 3:21pm

Local animal news in brief, March 9, 2017

Pet store sets special events

A Santa Fe pet store is offering a talk on canine manners Saturday.

Indigo Adakai, trainer/owner of K9 Alpha Training, will present the talk at 5 p.m. Saturday at Teca Tu in the DeVargas Center mall. A question-and-answer forum will follow. All well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend with their owners. Call the store at 505-982-9374 for more information.

Rescued dog dies of cancer

A dog who gained…

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Posted by Ben Swan on March 9, 2017 at 10:34am

Local animal news in brief, Feb. 12, 2017

February promotion helps homeless, pets

A nonprofit that helps homeless people and their dogs is encouraging businesses to participate in its Project from the Heart program.

The monthlong promotion from Street Homeless Animal Project aims to raise awareness and donations for those living on the streets with their animals. The group asks individuals and businesses to consider a donation to help homeless people and their pets. Those who donate will be featured on…

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Posted by Ben Swan on February 18, 2017 at 10:59am

Local animal news in brief, Feb. 9, 2017

Shelter reduces dog adoption fees

The Santa Fe animal shelter is reducing the fees on many adult dogs in celebration of Valentine’s Day and beyond.

The adoption fee for adult dogs is $25 through February; the fee for puppies and Shelter Heroes is 50 percent off. The adoption special kicks off Friday and coincides with the shelter’s release of a parody on The Bachelor called The Dog Bachelor. The short film will premiere at a special event…

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Posted by Ben Swan on February 9, 2017 at 12:14pm

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