Santa Fe Scoop

Local animal news in brief, May 11, 2017

Animal sanctuary celebrates collective birthday

Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary and Hospice will hold its collective birthday party and open house this weekend.

The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said the open house and party is a great way for the whole family to meet the sanctuary’s many happy and healthy senior animals in a serene and peaceful country setting. Both days feature free talks and demonstrations on wellness care for animals.

Kindred Spirits, founded and operated by Ulla Pedersen, offers sanctuary and hospice care to poultry, horses and dogs. The sanctuary is located at 3749-A N.M. 14. For more information, call the sanctuary 505-471-5366 or visit the website at

Luncheon, auction support 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 16th Fundraising Auction Luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21 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 income. 

The auction takes place in an 8,000-square-feet, carpeted tent, with a luncheon donated by Restaurant Martin and The Ranch House, with music by Cowboy artist Roark. The auction, lead by auctioneer Mackenzie Allen, features close to 1,000 items in the silent and live auction. Participants are welcome to visit rescue horses, consider supporting them, and take tours of the ranch.

The Horse Shelter takes in abused, neglected and abandoned horses. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 505-471-6179.

Course focuses on recall for dogs

A training course at the Santa Fe animal shelter offers dog owners techniques on getting their dog to come to them when called.

The shelter’s Rock Solid Recall Class for adult dogs starts at noon, Saturday, May 20, at the Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes run for five weeks and covers learning techniques to help strengthen recall (coming when called) in the dogs.

Class size is limited to eight dogs; the first class is held without dogs.

The cost of the course is $200; shelter or rescued dogs who have been adopted within one year are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

The classes are taught by Brittany Linkenheimer, the shelter’s co-director of behavior and training. For more information, email


Cocktail party helps cat group

A fundraising party in May featuring food, wine, a raffle and a silent auction will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.

The ninth annual Cocktails for Critters takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21, in a luxury Santa Fe home. Proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Petco Foundation, 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 about two weeks before the event. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fandfnm.


 National Senior Dog Prom Features Santa Fe ‘Poster Dogs’

A nonprofit is hosting a photo contest for senior dogs in an effort to put a spotlight on the plight of older dogs at shelters.

The Grey Muzzle Organization is accepting photos of older dogs for its online contest through May 15. Winners will be awarded the title of Senior Dog Prom King and Queen, Cutest Couple and other prizes. To enter, post a photo of your “prom ready” senior dog or dogs to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SeniorDogProm. Make sure to share the photo in the comments section of Grey Muzzle’s Facebook page with your dog’s name, age and hometown.

 Two senior dogs who live with their family in Santa Fe were featured in a story about the contest. The dogs, Stella and Benito, were adopted from public shelters in Albuquerque and Roswell.

The nonprofit provides grants to rescue groups and animal shelters to help at-risk senior dogs. The group’s executive director, Lisa Lunghofer, said the contest “gives people who adore their senior dogs the chance to show the world that older dogs are every bit as adorable and lovable as younger pups. We also hope the Senior Dog Prom will increase awareness and support for old dogs waiting for homes in shelters across America. Nothing feels better than giving a senior dog a second chance to live and love.”

Music festival supports shelter

Tickets are on sale now for the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

Dog Days of Summer, presented by Subaru of Santa Fe, is a fun-filled day for the whole family, including pups. Taking place at the Santa Fe Brewing Company's The Bridge, 37 Fire Place off N.M. 14, this June 4 event features stellar live music, an on-site Meow Wolf Activation, games for dogs and their people, vendor booths, food trucks, face painting and more.

The event starts at 3 p.m., with a lineup of bands including Innastate, Greyhounds, Red Light Cameras and MarchFourth.

All proceeds go toward the shelter’s lifesaving work; all ages welcome. Visit for more information.

Center celebrates migratory birds

The New Mexico Wildlife Center will hold a special celebration in honor of International Migratory Bird Day.

The May 20 event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 19 Wheat Street, in Espanola and includes a book-signing by local author Janie Chodosh, live bird of prey presentation; bird-themed crafts for children; hawk-feeding demonstrations; the opening of a special art exhibition on birds and refreshments. Chadosh is the author of “Wild Lives,” which focuses on conservationists throughout the world.

The entry fee is a suggested donation of $2 per person; children under 6 years old are free.

“Helping Birds Along the Way” is the theme for this year’s International Migratory Bird Day, the only international education program that celebrates the migration of nearly 350 bird species between their nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

New Mexico Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization working to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships, and responsible wildlife rehabilitation.

For more details, call the center at 505-753-9595 or email


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