Santa Fe Scoop

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 fosters hundreds of cats, many of which require special veterinary care, diets and medicine. Some remain in the organization as members of the group’s Permanent Foster program, where foster homes and Felines & Friends share the ongoing cost of care for the rest of the cat’s life.

Reservations for the cocktail party are $50 per person. The location of the luxury home will be provided to paid guests. This year’s special raffle includes a pair of 18K white gold, diamond-and-sapphire earrings by award-winning jewelry designer Michael Sugarman valued at $2,050. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100.

Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, call 505-316-2281.

Española shelter starts reading program

A new reading program at the Española Valley Humane Society combines children and dogs for a unique experience.

The Smart Dog Summer Reading Program, open to all school-age children in the Española Valley, offers children a chance to read to shelter dogs.

“By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside,” said Nicole Joswiak, the shelter’s educational outreach coordinator. “The child relaxes, can give affection to the attentive dog and focuses on reading.”

The program will help the child practice the skill of reading, building self-esteem, she said, and the child will associate reading with something pleasant and fun.

Children interested in the program must attend an orientation, then bring in a book to share with a dog. Each child must be accompanied by a supervisory adult during the reading and schedule a day and time to visit the shelter.

Orientations will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, Santa Clara Pueblo Library; 11 a.m. June 9, Española Public Library; and 10 a.m. June 16, El Pueblo de Abiquiú Library.

For more information about the program, call 505-470-1278 or email

Eldorado pet store celebrates new quarters

An Eldorado pet store has moved into larger quarters and will celebrate the new space Saturday with storewide specials, adoptions, a raffle and treats for both humans and canines.

Eldorado Country Pet & Wild Bird store is now located directly across from the breezeway of its old space in the Agora Shopping Center, 7 Avenida Vista Grande. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The grand reopening is set for Saturday. In addition to the specials, treats and free tote bags for all purchases over $25, three rescue groups will offer dogs and rabbits for adoption. There also will be a chance to win one of three gift baskets, each valued at more than $100.

The store is marking its ninth year in the center. The larger space allows the store to expand its wild bird offerings and now includes more seeds, suets, feeders and accessories. The store still offers a wide variety of dog and cat food, in addition to horse grain and shavings and poultry feed.

For more information, call the store at 505-466-1270 or visit the website at

Teca Tu gears up of grand opening

Pet adoptions, giveaways, pet-food demonstrations and an animal communicator will be on tap June 11 for Teca Tu’s grand opening at the DeVargas Center.

The longtime Santa Fe pet store recently moved from the Sanbusco Market Center after a charter school purchased the building. It opened in the mall, 165 Paseo de Peralta, in the same general area as many of the former Sanbusco shops, between Starbucks and Atrisco Bar and Grill

DeVargas will celebrate its changes with an official centerwide grand-opening celebration June 11. The pet store’s party will be a part of that celebration.

Laurie Wilson, the store’s owner, said the mall is now dog-friendly and there is an outdoor space for the pet store. The outdoor patio will be heated for the store’s monthly pub hours, adoptions and other fun events.

For more information, call the store at 505-982-9374.

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