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Local animal news in brief, Feb. 12, 2017

February promotion helps homeless, petsA 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 the group’s website and receive a…See More
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Local animal news in brief, Feb. 9, 2017

Shelter reduces dog adoption feesThe 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 Thursday at the New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom, 505…See More
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Local animal news in brief, Dec. 1, 2016

Brewery hosts adoption eventA special pet adoption event will be held at Santa Fe brewery that is also offering a portion of its beer sales to the Santa Fe animal Shelter.The Pulls for Pups adoption event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, 1405 Maclovia St. The brewery, which specializes in rustic farmhouse and sour ales, has a heated outdoor patio where dogs are welcome.“The heated patio is the perfect place to sip on some of this year’s best winter…See More
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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 29, 2016

Fundraiser helps wildlife legislationThe political action committee of a statewide animal-welfare advocacy group is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday in Santa Fe to help support its efforts in passing humane wildlife legislation.Animal Protection Voters is hosting Winning for Wildlife from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 5, at the Animal Protection Voters’ Santa Fe office, 1111 Paseo de Peralta. The event features vegan appetizers and beverages along with discussion on legislation to protect the…See More
Sep 29, 2016
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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 22, 2016

Shelter hosts Plaza concertA free concert on the Plaza on Friday aims to bring awareness about the Santa Fe animal shelter and the nonprofit’s work in the community.The 6 p.m. concert features Daniele Spadavecchia, a gypsy jazz musician from New Orleans. The musician plays acoustic jazz guitar, mixing swing with Mediterranean Flamenco and European ethnic music. He also sings a selection of Italian, Latin and classic jazz repertoire.The concert is part of a celebration for the animal shelter,…See More
Sep 22, 2016
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Abandoned dog gets second chance at life

The New MexicanA dog abandoned at a hiking trail in the Santa Fe National Forest in August now has a foster home thanks to dozens of people who rallied to rescue him.Once known simply at Mountain Boy, the fearful dog eluded rescuers for several weeks until D. Lily Azures, a seasoned animal rescuer, was able to capture him…See More
Sep 15, 2016
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Sep 8, 2016
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Homeless veteran stranded again in Santa Fe

By Robert Knott/The New MexicanShawn Michael Barnes’ pit bulls were flying through the air, jumping into his arms and bouncing off his body as he attempted to play catch with them late last week in a vacant field off the south end of Cerrillos Road.The homeless Army combat vet — whose “stranded-in-Santa Fe” plight in July brought him national attention that helped raise about $3,000 through a GoFundMe account — is back in the city after a thwarted trip to Colorado.His vehicle is once again…See More
Aug 28, 2016

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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, 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 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…

Continue

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 12:14pm

Local animal news in brief, Jan. 18, 2017

Clinic offers open houses

A new Santa Fe veterinary clinic that features holistic services is hosting a series of open houses to meet its staff and learn about its care.

Integrative Veterinary Wellness, 2001 Vivigen Way, Suite B, offers acupuncture, counseling, Bach flower remedies, Reiki, preventive screenings, immunotherapy and discounted dental care. The open houses are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.…

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Posted on January 19, 2017 at 10:58am

Local animal news in brief, Dec. 1, 2016

Brewery hosts adoption event

A special pet adoption event will be held at Santa Fe brewery that is also offering a portion of its beer sales to the Santa Fe animal Shelter.

The Pulls for Pups adoption event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Rowley Farmhouse Ales, 1405 Maclovia St. The brewery, which specializes in rustic farmhouse and sour ales, has a heated outdoor patio where dogs are welcome.

“The heated patio is the perfect place…

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Posted on December 1, 2016 at 4:39pm

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 29, 2016

Fundraiser helps wildlife legislation

The political action committee of a statewide animal-welfare advocacy group is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday in Santa Fe to help support its efforts in passing humane wildlife legislation.

Animal Protection Voters is hosting Winning for Wildlife from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 5, at the Animal Protection Voters’ Santa Fe office, 1111 Paseo de Peralta. The event features vegan appetizers and beverages along with discussion…

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Posted on September 29, 2016 at 11:00am

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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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