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Local animal news in brief, Aug. 25, 2016

Adoption event features bunniesThe New Mexico House Rabbit Society is hosting a bunny adoption event Sunday in Albuquerque.The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about house bunnies, offer free nail trims and help make matches with adoptable bunnies.Find a furry friend at WoofstockThe Santa Fe animal shelter is joining animal-rescue groups statewide Saturday, Sept. 10, for a multiagency adoption…See More
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Fireworks spark record number of strays at shelter

Missy is a lucky dog. She’s one of just a handful of dogs who bolted from her house after loud fireworks spooked her on Independence Day and she was picked up by city Animal Services.More than 20 dogs came into the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Monday and early Tuesday – a huge increase from previous years — but more than half remain waiting for their owners. Some, like Missy, were microchipped or had tags, and their owners were contacted.Others might have to wait much longer to be reunited with…See More
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Local animal news in brief, June 2, 2016

Cocktail party to help cat groupA fundraising party this weekend, featuring food, wine, a raffle and a silent auction, will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.The eighth annual Cocktails for Critters will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in a luxury Santa Fe home. Proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will support the nonprofit’s mission of providing second chances to cats in need. Each year, the group fosters hundreds of cats, many of which…See More
Jun 2
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Holiday prompts safety tips for pets

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and animal-welfare advocates say it’s a good time to consider your pet’s comfort.The weekend may be a time of cookouts, camping, parties and road trips, but a bit of extra precaution can make the holiday a safe adventure for all, including four-legged friends.Do not leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Parked cars can be deadly for pets, says the Humane Society of the United States. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can…See More
May 26
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Local animal news in brief, May 19, 2016

Fundraising site started for family of missing dogA fundraising site has been set up for the Colorado family of an elderly dog that ran away after the family’s pickup rolled on Interstate 25.The family’s dog, Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky, who went missing after a crash April 19, has been sighted several times near Eldorado. The family, which includes Jon Weisser, his wife, and infant, was hospitalized, but they were released after being treated for injuries. One of their dogs was killed during…See More
May 19
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Local animal news in brief, May 12, 2016

More sightings of missing dogNew sightings of a dog that took off during a crash on Interstate 25 in April are encouraging to volunteers and family members searching for the elderly Husky.Volunteer searchers said Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky who went missing after a crash April 19, had been sighted early Wednesday in Eldorado. Residents in the neighborhood where the dog was sighted have been leaving food and water out for him, according to reports. The dog is deaf and fearful of men and should…See More
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Local animal news in brief, May 5, 2016

Luncheon supports Horse ShelterTickets are still available for a popular luncheon in a unique ranch setting that supports a local horse shelter.The Horse Shelter’s 15th Fundraising Auction Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the shelter’s ranch in Cerrillos,Tax-deductible tickets are $75 per person. The event is The Horse Shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year and it raises almost a quarter of the nonprofit’s annual income.The auction takes place in an 8,000-square-feet,…See More
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Our family is blessed with Zach, an 6-year-old Shar-pei and Labrador mix. Beta, my 14-year-old Shar-pei-Dalmatian mix, died at the end of April 2008. Sister, aka Bear, was adopted from The Animal Support Center in Las Vegas, NM. Jimmy, aka James Bond, was rescued from Clovis. Our latest addition is from the Santa Fe shelter, Mimi, also a Shar-Pei mix. Our beloved Chihuahua, Olivia, died at the beginning to 2012. In May, we adopted Dolly, a Chihuahua-Jack Russel Terrier mix. She was among three puppies we bottle-feed to maturity after their poor mother died. We also have a houseful of birds, including Joaquin, a cockatiel, budgies, parrotlets and canaries.

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Local animal news in brief, Aug. 25, 2016

Adoption event features bunnies

The New Mexico House Rabbit Society is hosting a bunny adoption event Sunday in Albuquerque.

The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about house bunnies, offer free nail trims and…

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Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:58am

Fireworks spark record number of strays at shelter

Missy is a lucky dog. She’s one of just a handful of dogs who bolted from her house after loud fireworks spooked her on Independence Day and she was picked up by city Animal Services.

More than 20 dogs came into the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Monday and early Tuesday – a huge increase from previous years — but more than half remain waiting for their owners. Some, like Missy, were microchipped or had tags, and their owners were contacted.

Others might have to wait much longer to…

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Posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:46pm

Local animal news in brief, June 2, 2016

Cocktail party to help cat group

A fundraising party this weekend, featuring food, wine, a raffle and a silent auction, will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.

The eighth annual Cocktails for Critters will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in a luxury Santa Fe home. Proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Petco Foundation, will support the nonprofit’s mission of providing second chances to cats in need. Each year, the group…

Continue

Posted on June 2, 2016 at 5:00pm

Holiday prompts safety tips for pets

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and animal-welfare advocates say it’s a good time to consider your pet’s comfort.

The weekend may be a time of cookouts, camping, parties and road trips, but a bit of extra precaution can make the holiday a safe adventure for all, including four-legged friends.

Do not leave your pet unattended in a parked car. Parked cars can be deadly for pets, says the Humane Society of the United States. On a warm day, temperatures…

Continue

Posted on May 26, 2016 at 10:52am

Local animal news in brief, May 19, 2016

Fundraising site started for family of missing dog

A fundraising site has been set up for the Colorado family of an elderly dog that ran away after the family’s pickup rolled on Interstate 25.

The family’s dog, Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky, who went missing after a crash April 19, has been sighted several times near Eldorado. The family, which includes Jon Weisser, his wife, and infant, was hospitalized, but they were released after being treated for injuries.…

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Posted on May 19, 2016 at 10:16am

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At 11:27am on November 24, 2011, Shari Shantasi said…

Hi, Ben. In case you are the one responsible for posting the AP article on GPS for pets, I want to thank you so very much for doing so. Using tracking devices for our pets has been a cause of mine for years. The products are becoming more advanced and affordable. Great to see more info on these fabulous systems to help people find their lost animals.

With appreciation,

Shari

At 1:00pm on August 4, 2011, Amy Balent said…
Right now it is called Rouge Cat & Dog Soiree...but if you want to promote it as SFe shelter Doggie Disco also is what I meant!  :-)
At 12:59pm on August 4, 2011, Amy Balent said…
Hi Ben, I just left you a msg at the store...would like to join teams for our fundraiser on the 13th...Doggie Disco? We would like to raise money for the shelters too...I know it is short notice but it could be a major event!  :-)  Amy
At 12:35pm on June 20, 2011, Claudia Inoue said…
How about some NEW pictures of our beloved Lady Olivia?????
At 1:26pm on October 4, 2010, HILLARY VERMONT said…
Hi Ben,
It was fun to finally meet you at Barkin Ball. What a great event. I saw one other person wearing my Dogs Rock tee shirt! Could you give a Woof Out to all doggy owners in Santa Fe...our new Flea at the Santa Fe Downs (off 1-25 and 599) IS DOGGY FRIENDLY! They can even see Hula on the big "The FLEA" sign I painted that can be seen from the highway. It's a great destination to share with a doggy...and they should come see the best doggy tee shirts (for adults!) in the Big Tent aisle 1 ! we are there through Thanksgiving, Sat/Sun 9-3. Woof Y'all.
Hillary
At 10:29pm on October 2, 2010, Claudia Inoue said…
Lieber Ben,
Es war sehr schön, Dich vorhin zu sehen.
Ich hatte noch keine Zeit, etwas über unseren Ausflug heute nachmittag zu schreiben, aber ich werde es morgen tun. Ich nehme an, Du kannst Dir denken, warum ich auf Deutsch schreibe…
At 10:41am on September 2, 2010, cricket said…
Thanks Ben, They are my best friends.Looks like you have a big family
At 6:23pm on July 17, 2010, Staci Matlock said…
The pup pictures are coming as is one of the fat mustang!
At 3:04pm on July 12, 2010, Tim Huber said…
It is, though there are two (other was a reporter in Kansas). Been with AP for four years. Cover the coal industry nationally. Say hi to your mother. I am jealous of the trip up north.
At 2:51pm on July 12, 2010, Tim Huber said…
Hi Ben. Then I moved from the Midwest to West Virginia and tracked you down. I may have to drop in, since I have family there in Santa Fe.
 
 
 

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