Santa Fe Scoop

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 22, 2016

Shelter hosts Plaza concert

A free concert on the Plaza on Friday aims to bring awareness about the Santa Fe animal shelter and the nonprofit’s work in the community.

The 6 p.m. concert features Daniele Spadavecchia, a gypsy jazz musician from New Orleans. The musician plays acoustic jazz guitar, mixing swing with Mediterranean Flamenco and European ethnic music. He also sings a selection of Italian, Latin and classic jazz repertoire.

The concert is part of a celebration for the animal shelter, which is being recognized Friday with a proclamation from the city as Santa Fe Animal Shelter Day. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Javier Gonzalez, notes the shelter’s significance in the city, which includes providing more than 100 living-wage jobs, free and low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics, humane education and community outreach programs. The shelter, which takes in more than 5,500 animals per year and provides services to thousands more, has marked a live-release rate of 94 percent for several years, effectively making the city a “no-kill” community.

The shelter plans to mark the day with reduced adoption fees and discounts at its shelter store. Donations will be accepted during the concert, which is being sponsored by shelter contributers.

The shelter recently wrapped up a $50,000 appeal to help alleviate overcrowding at the shelter. The funds will help support shelter programs, said Evelyn Viechec, the shelter’s director of growth.

For more information or to donate, please visit the shelter’s website at, or donate directly to 505-216-0628.

Pet blessing features adoptable animals

A pet adoption event will be part of Saturday’s Blessing of the Animals at a Santa Fe church.

The Santa Fe animal shelter will bring adoptable animals to the event at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail. The pet blessing, which runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to the public and features pet blessings, a special photo booth, face painting and door prizes. Refreshments for both pets and people also will be available. For more information, contact the church at 505-982-5397 or visit the website at

Española shelter upgrades website, logo

The Española Valley Humane Society recently revamped its website and redesigned its logo.

The new website,, features the group’s new logo, an online calendar of events and other services, a secure site for donations, and a section that better highlights adoptable animals, said Bridget Lindquist, the shelter’s executive director. Website visitors can follow the shelter on social media and learn more about the shelter’s Santa Fe resale locations.

“We always want it to be easy to find information,” she said. “It was time to make it even easier for people to support homeless pets in the community.”

Rabbit group hosts sale

A two-day estate and arts and crafts sale in Albuquerque will benefit a statewide house rabbit rescue group.

The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at 900 Solar Road, in Albuquerque, two blocks from Sadie’s of New Mexico restaurant. The sale, which features treasures, housewares, clothing, jewelry and toys, benefits the New Mexico House Rabbit Society. The event features raffle drawings on both days for rabbit-themed artwork.

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