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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

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.…


Added by Ben Swan on May 19, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

Macaroni the Kitten

As of today, $625 has been raised towards our target of $1,000 to cover the cost of vet care for this darling kitten who was born with deformed bones in her front legs.  Her story can be viewed at

Please forward the link to anyone you think might help us and this sweet kitty.

Added by Bobbi Heller on May 18, 2016 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Local animal news in brief, May 12, 2016

More sightings of missing dog

New 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…


Added by Ben Swan on May 12, 2016 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Local animal news in brief, May 5, 2016

Luncheon supports Horse Shelter

Tickets 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…


Added by Ben Swan on May 6, 2016 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Reward offered in dog’s grisly death

A statewide animal-advocacy group is offering a $6,000 reward for information about the death of a dog whose body was found in Chimayo with its muzzle taped tightly shut.

Animal Protection New Mexico is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Callers may remain anonymous; the toll-free number to report any information is 877-548-6263.

Joy Nicholson, a Chimayo resident who runs the nonprofit Chihuahua de Chimayo, an…


Added by Ben Swan on April 28, 2016 at 2:21pm — 1 Comment

Drones join in search for lost dog near Eldorado

Drones are being used to help locate a dog who went running off near Eldorado after a rollover crash on Interstate 25.

KRQE reported that a Santa Fe drone company is offering to help find Fenway, a 16-year-old Husky who went missing after a crash April 19. Jon Weisser said in the report that his family won’t give up on finding the dog, who is deaf and…


Added by Ben Swan on April 27, 2016 at 11:43am — No Comments

Local animal news in brief, April 20, 2016

Pacheco Park hosts dog party

Looking for a pup-friendly event to attend with your furry best friend? Businesses at Pacheco Park are hosting a progressive dinner, showroom walk and dog party to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

Close to 20 businesses at the Design District, 1512 Pacheco St., are taking part in the Bark at the Park event. It will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

Park merchants will be offering samples of great food and a chance…


Added by Ben Swan on April 27, 2016 at 11:15am — No Comments

Local animal news in brief, April 7, 2016

Puppy courses offered at shelter

The Santa Fe animal shelter has revamped its popular puppy classes and will now offer six-week puppy training courses.

The new series of classes starts April 26, and will be held in the shelter’s Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center, located behind the shelter’s main buildings. The course is based on the American Kennel Club’s STAR certification, which offers…


Added by Ben Swan on April 7, 2016 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Local animal news in brief, March 24, 2016

Shelter adds spring break camp

The Santa Fe animal shelter has added a two-day session to its popular Critter Camp program for children.

The introductory spring break camp for children ages 10 to 13 will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 and April 1. Cost is $100.

The unique hands-on program allows children an in-depth look at animal sheltering. The camps provide a fun and educational opportunity to work with animals and include dog walking and…


Added by Ben Swan on March 25, 2016 at 11:52am — No Comments

Lost Dog - W. Alameda and St. Francis

Added by Donna on March 23, 2016 at 5:09pm — 1 Comment

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