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Local animal news in brief, Sept. 8, 2016

Subaru hosts free microchip clinic

Subaru of Santa Fe is hosting a free microchip clinic for pets Saturday at its Cerrillos Road dealership.

The microchip clinic starts at 2 p.m. at Subaru of Santa Fe, 7511 Cerrillos Road. All pets must be secured by leash or in a carrier.

Microchips are tiny transponders, about the size of a grain of rice, that are implanted in a pet's skin. Once registered in a database, the microchips, which can be scanned by a microchip reader, are a good backup option for pet identification. Collars, licenses and tags also should be used to ensure a pet’s safe return home if lost.

The American Humane Association estimates more than 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen in the U.S. every year. Only about 22 percent of lost dogs that enter animal shelters are reunited with their families, however the percentage of return-to-owner rate was over 52 percent for microchipped dogs. For cats, the average return rate is less than 2 percent, but increases to more than 38 percent if the feline is microchipped.

Microchipping a pet takes only a few seconds at the clinic; filling out the registration takes a bit longer and must later be filed online. The first-come, first serve clinic, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., has enough microchips for 200 animals, organizers said.

Dinner supports mustang rescue

The fifth annual Cowboy BBQ to support the Spanish Mustang Foundation will be held Saturday at a Santa Fe ranch.

The event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. at 11 Arroyo Hondo Trail, features music, dancing, Texas hold ‘em, barbecue by Rudy’s and horsemanship demonstrations by Clint Mortenson, a Santa Fe cowboy. There also will be discussion about the Spanish mustang and why it’s considered America’s first horse.

Tax deductible tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple. The nonprofit’s mission is to educate the public about the Spanish mustang and the need to protect and perpetuate the breed. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

‘Buddy’ event helps wildlife center

A fundraiser to support The New Mexico Wildlife Center is set for Sept. 16 at a Santa Fe art gallery.

The “Buddy Can You Spare a Dime … For Wildlife” event offers people a chance to meet rescued wildlife, including Sol, the turkey vulture, Aurora, the western screech owl, Basil the bull snake and Che, the Chihuahuan raven, and learn about the work at the Arroyo Seco nonprofit.

The event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Barbara Meikle Fine Art, 236 Delgado St., costs $20. The first 100 guests will receive a tin cup, a cup of soup and bread. Guests should RSVP by Sept. 12 to or call 505-753-9505.

The center yearly takes in up to 900 wild animals, representing 115 different species, ranging from golden eagles to bushtits and chimpmunks to mountain lions. Its annual food costs are nearly $40,000 a year. Proceeds from the event will help feed animal patients and residents for the next year.

Find a furry friend at Woofstock

The Santa Fe animal shelter is joining animal-rescue groups from throughout the state Saturday for a multiagency adoption event and pet expo in Edgewood.

The sixth annual Woofstock Pet Expo and Adoption Festival, presented by the PetCo Foundation, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edgewood Athletic Complex, 502 N.M. 344 Edgewood. It features a full day of fun for the family and a low-cost mobile vaccination clinic.

The fundraiser for Edgewood Animal Control celebrates the bond between humans and their furry friends. Activities include a lure course, barrel racing and canine fly ball, along with guest speakers, live music and a photo booth for children.

Lead the parade with your pet

The Santa Fe animal shelter is asking families with pets adopted from the shelter to join them in this year’s Children’s Pet Parade.

The shelter will once again take the lead as the grand marshal of Desfile de Los Niños, one of the most popular and well-attended events of the Santa Fe Fiesta. The parade is set this year for Saturday.

Those wishing to join the shelter and its volunteers are asked to gather by 7:45 a.m. at the parade staging area at the New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda St. The parade, which is free to all participants, starts at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Devin White at

The hour-long parade, which began in the early 1920s, features hundreds of children and their families in costumes who participate in the parade, along with thousands of supporters lining the route. The event ends with an awards ceremony on the Plaza.

Let your dog take a dip

The Santa Fe animal shelter and the city’s Parks and Recreation Division are teaming up Saturday for fun-filled splash for dogs.

The fourth annual Doggy Dip will take place at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Pool at Alto Park.

The event, which runs until 2 p.m., includes swimming for dogs in the big pool and the wading pool. Gift bags with coupons, goodies and treats will be given to the first 100 participants with dogs.

Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, although volunteers will help dogs in the large swimming pool. A wading pool is available for those dogs who may not be comfortable in the larger pool.

Admission is $10 per dog, with all proceeds benefitting the shelter. The pool is located at 1121 Alto St., near Alto Park. For more information, call 505-955-2503.

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