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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…


Added by Ben Swan on March 23, 2017 at 3:21pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on March 9, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on February 18, 2017 at 10:59am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on February 9, 2017 at 12:14pm — No Comments

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.…


Added by Ben Swan on January 19, 2017 at 10:58am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on December 1, 2016 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Barn Cats in Need of Homes

A small colony of sterilized feral cats are now not welcome at their current location.   We are in urgent need of a new home for them either to live as backyard or barn "pest control".  If you can help us place them, please contact:

Added by Bobbi Heller on November 2, 2016 at 9:46am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on September 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on September 22, 2016 at 11:29am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on September 15, 2016 at 2:48pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on September 8, 2016 at 11:15am — No Comments

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,…


Added by Ben Swan on September 8, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Homeless veteran stranded again in Santa Fe

By Robert Knott/The New Mexican

Shawn 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…


Added by Ben Swan on August 28, 2016 at 10:47am — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on August 25, 2016 at 9:58am — No Comments

Felines & Friends has Kittens!

Kittens are waiting to meet their new humans at our Adoption Center located inside Petco.

However, the ongoing roadwork has resulted in the driveway off St. Michaels being blocked off. In addition, several other driveways on Cerrillos are also blocked. Currently, the only access to the entire shopping area is at the traffic light on Cerrillos at the Smiths gas station.

We hope these ongoing closures will not…


Added by Bobbi Heller on August 4, 2016 at 8:23pm — No Comments

Shelter puppy needs heart surgery

Near the end of April, a small, 8 week old, American bulldog/pitbull terrier mix was surrendered to our shelter.   All the owner wrote on the form was that the puppy had a heart murmur and that they couldn't afford the medical costs. They also provided a CD with X-rays but you could physically feel the murmur with your bare hand.

In spite of her medical condition, Nova Rey was the most human-loving little girl we had ever seen; her entire body wiggled in a frenzy to…


Added by Kersti Rock on July 9, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on July 6, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on June 2, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Ben Swan on May 26, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Volunteers Urgently Needed! We have a number of [morning, midday, evening] slots to fill in the schedule for caregivers at our Petco Adoption Center. Commitment is 2 hours a week per slot. Tasks include scooping litterboxes, feeding and playing with cats. Reliability and attention to detail a must. Please send e-mail to if you can help.

Added by Bobbi Heller on May 20, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

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