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Local animal news in brief, May 18, 2017

Shelter, brewery host brew-naming contest

Name a new brew and get two VIP tickets to the Santa Fe animal shelter’s summer music festival.

The shelter and the Santa Fe Brewing Co., are brewing a small batch of American ale in connection with Dog Days of Summer, the June 4 event that features an evening of musical entertainment. A name will be chosen from the list of submissions on May 26 and the winner will receive two VIP tickets to the event. Submit a name at

The event, 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, the 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 ages are welcome. The shelter’s mobile adoption van will be on hand with adoptable pets from 3-5 p.m. All proceeds go toward the shelter’s lifesaving work. For tickets or more information, visit

Rabbit Day features education, adoptions

A rabbit welfare group is hosting a special fundraising and adoption event Saturday that focuses on house bunnies.

Rabbit Day is set for noon to 4 p.m. at the Santa Fe animal shelter’s resale store, Look What the Cat Dragged In, 2570 Camino Entrada. The event features several fun activities that celebrate the joys of getting to know house rabbits. Three shelter bunnies will be at the event and available for adoption.

A bake sale to benefit the New Mexico House Rabbit Society features delicious baked goods, including chocolate truffles, fudge, carrot cakes, vegan cookies and more. Madame Brittany Buns will offer card readings during the event using a Rabbit Tarot deck.

House Rabbit Society volunteers will be on hand to talk about bunnies and their care. The resale store is located across the street from Kohl’s department store.

Luncheon, auction support Horse Shelter

Tickets are still available at the door 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, led 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, 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 cover 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, raffles and a silent auction will help support Felines & Friends New Mexico.

The ninth annual Cocktails for Critters takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday, at a well-known north-side location. 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 event will be provided to paid guests. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fandfnm.

Center celebrates migratory birds

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

The Saturday event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center, 19 Wheat Street, in Española 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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