Santa Fe Scoop

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 Thursday at the New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom, 505 Cerrillos Road, Unit A105. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

For every pint purchased, the shelter will receive a $1 donation. The film explores the dilemma a young dog, Stewart, faces in choosing his perfect match.

“We hope that when people see the film they will be inspired to adopt their own bachelor or bachelorette,” said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. “We have some amazing dogs just waiting for their perfect match.”

To view available adoptable animals, visit the shelter’s website,

Free dental checks for pets

A Santa Fe pet shop will offer pet dental evaluations and tooth-brushing demonstrations in honor of pet dental month.

Dr. Kris Bannon of Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery of New Mexico will offer the dental evaluations from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Teca Tu in the DeVargas Center mall. Bannon also will offer tooth-brushing demonstrations and discuss specific treats and other things to help improve the dental health of pets.

The mall is located at 165 Paseo de Peralta. Call 505-982-9374 for more information.

Kindred Spirits hosts party

A Valentine’s Day party is set for Saturday at a Santa Fe-area animal sanctuary.

Kindred Spirits, which cares for hospice dogs, horses and poultry, will offer dog smooching and kisses, plus a tour of the sanctuary, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The tour will take place around 2 p.m. The event is called For The Love of our Animals.

The sanctuary is located on N.M. 14 near Lone Butte General Store. For more information, visit the website at or call 505-471-5366.

Shelter seeks doghouses

The Santa animal shelter’s Pet Outreach program is looking for more doghouses to help those who need better outdoor shelter for their animals.

The neighborhood canvassing program helps residents strengthen the bond with their pets through education, spay/neuter incentives, behavior training help and improvement of a dog’s outdoor living situation, which may include help with fencing issues or providing dog houses. Shelter Outreach employees work closely with city and county animal services to ensure outdoor companion animals have healthy and safe living structures.

Those interested in donating doghouses or offering other services are asked to call 505-474-0515. Doghouses may be dropped off at the Pet Outreach office, 2570 Camino Entrada; at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road; or the shelter’s Look What the Cat Dragged In resale stores, 2570 Camino Entrada and 541 W. Cordova Road.

New clinic hosts open house

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. Saturday and Feb. 25, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22.

Veterinarians at the clinic include Peter Seitz, Louise SaintOnge and Sophia Krajewski. For more information about services and appointments, call 505-467-8037.

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