Santa Fe Scoop

Local animal news in brief, Sept. 29, 2016

Fundraiser helps wildlife legislation

The political action committee of a statewide animal-welfare advocacy group is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday in Santa Fe to help support its efforts in passing humane wildlife legislation.

Animal Protection Voters is hosting Winning for Wildlife from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Oct. 5, at the Animal Protection Voters’ Santa Fe office, 1111 Paseo de Peralta. The event features vegan appetizers and beverages along with discussion on legislation to protect the state’s wildlife, including efforts to end coyote killing contests and leg-hold traps and poisons. The event also features a special guest.

Organizers say bills to stop such legislation died in the House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee, a “newly minted panel specifically designed to be the graveyard for wildlife protection bills. This outcome was especially frustrating since the ban on coyote killing contests had already passed the New Mexico Senate.”

The group says it hopes to help elect more humane lawmakers to the House of Representatives.

Ticket prices range from $500 to $50. For more information or to reserve a ticket, call 505-933-1123 or email Elizabeth Wolf at


Shelter fundraiser tickets going fast

The Barkin' Ball, the Santa Fe animal shelter's major fundraiser, has almost sold out, with only a handful of tickets left, organizers said.

The fundraiser, set this year for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavillion in the Railyard District, annual draws up to 400 of the community's most dedicated animal lovers. The shelter is celebrating its 20th year of hosting the festival, which is the only major event in Santa Fe where dogs are welcome guests.

The ball starts with an open bar "yappy" hour, a plated dinner, silent and live auctions and the Barkin' Ball Boutique, an open market where participants can purchase treasures donated from artists, businesses and residents.  Music is by American JeM, winners of the 2016 New Mexico Music Award.

This year, the live auction will be run by a professional auctioneer and offers exclusive items, including trips to France, Mexico and Austin, Texas, along with a dinner with Shirley MacLaine and an instant wine cellar.

Tickets are $150 per person; all table sponsorships have been sold out. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit

Puppy courses offered at shelter

The Santa Fe animal shelter has a few spots available for its six-week puppy training course.

A new series of classes start Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will be held in the shelter’s Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center, located behind the shelter’s main buildings. The course is based on the American Kennel Club’s STAR certification, which offers incentives to dog owners.

The STAR program, led by the shelter’s lead trainer, Emily Burlingame, offers organized training classes aimed at socializing puppies to other dogs, people and everyday situations. Dog owners also get information about puppy-raising questions, such as housetraining, chewing and practical skills.

The certification is a natural lead into the AKC Good Citizen Program.

The six-week long course costs $150, but dogs adopted from a shelter are eligible for 50 percent. Scholarships are available. Additional courses will be scheduled throughout the year. The classes are open to dogs 16 weeks of age and younger.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please call 505-983-4309, ext. 152.




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