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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Aug 25
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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
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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, 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

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 22, 2016

Shelter hosts Plaza concert

A 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…

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Posted on September 22, 2016 at 11:29am

Abandoned dog gets second chance at life

The New Mexican

A 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…

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Posted on September 15, 2016 at 2:48pm

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 8, 2016

Subaru hosts free microchip clinic

Subaru of Santa Fe is hosting a free microchip clinic for pets Saturday at its Cerrillos Road dealership.

The microchip clinic starts at 2 p.m. at Subaru of Santa Fe, 7511 Cerrillos Road. All pets must be secured by leash or in a carrier.

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that are implanted in a pet's skin. Once registered in a database, the microchips, which can be…

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Posted on September 8, 2016 at 11:15am

Animal sense: Tips to coexist with pets, wildlife

By Sara Palmer/Animal Protection New Mexico

New Mexico has some of the most diverse communities in the nation. You can find a modern, urban high-rise just a few miles away from a traditional, spacious adobe, nestled next to foothills or an open space. This kind of diversity brings color and culture into our lives, but it can also bring a clash of opinions and values,…

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Posted on September 8, 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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