New Mexico's Pet ResourceSUMMER 2002



Quixote Humane in Valencia County has formed a program called “Friends of the Shelter” to help improve the conditions at the Valencia County shelter and increase the adoption rate of the animals impounded there. Although most of the pets impounded or released to the shelter are of mixed breed, many are purebreds. The group would like to be able to contact qualified breed rescues to help place these anmals.

If you have a breed rescue organization in the state of New Mexico and you would like to be contacted by Friends of the Shelter, register by e-mailing or mailing to Quixote Humane, Inc., P.O. Box 1285, Peralta, NM 87042. Include the following information: breed, national affiliation, contact person(s), phone number(s), e-mail address, and your stipulations (purebred only, age range or health conditions, temperatment, etc.)

All rescue groups must be approved by the shelter prior to placement, and sterilization and vaccination are required. Because of space limitations, animals must be adopted or euthanized shortly after the three-day holding period, so placement time is very short and rescue groups must be ready to adopt immediately.


For the third year New Mexico’s Week for the Animals will bring together people throughout New Mexico--humane societies, shelters, animal welfare programs, schools, corporations and local government--to build a better world for all animals, both domestic and wild. Activities and events will focus on reducing pet overpopulation and euthanization and will include humane education for children and adults, children’s art and literacy programs, discount spaying and neutering by local vets, seminars for teachers and youth leaders, museum and library displays, and a pet identification tag project.

The week will culminate in activities on the Santa Fe Plaza on October 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony, entertainment, pet adoption fairs, and talks and demonstrations about the domestic pets and wildlife of New Mexico.


The second annual Santa Fe Dog and Pony Show, a unique event sponsored by Assistance Dogs of the West and the Spanish Mustang Alliance, will offer the community an affordable day of fun for kids and adults at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds. Events will include dog and horse demonstrations by breeders and trainers, and fingerprinting of children as well as other activities, plus music and food. All proceeds will benefit Assistance Dogs of the West and the Spanish Mustang Alliance.

ADW is a nonprofit agency whose primary purpose is to train dogs to serve people with disabilities. It is currently part of the curriculum at Desert Academy and La Mariposa Montessori School, where students learn life skills while training the dogs at a cost of $7,000 per dog. SMA is a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and promoting Spanish mustangs and educating people about the most historical horse of the Americas.


Many dogs and cats found new homes during the 2002 Adopt-a-thon in Albuquerque. The event was held May 3-5, 2002 at two locations.

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico (AHA), Albuquerque Animal Services Division (ASD), New Mexico Animal Friends (NMAF), People's Anti-Cruelty Association/Albuquerque Animal Rescue (PACA/AAR), and Rio Rancho Animal Control brought animals to a large tent set up in the parking lot at Coronado Center.

376 animals were adopted at that location.

Watermelon Mountain Ranch sponsored another Adopt-a-thon at Petsmart in Renaissance Center. The groups participating at this location were Watermelon Mountain Ranch, Pick of the Pound, CARMA, and Bro and Tracy Fosters. The total number of adoptions at this location was 49.

Prairie Dog Rescue and High Desert Ferret Rescue were also at Petsmart handing out information about their groups and answering questions rather than adopting animals.


Summertime means PACA-AAR Dog Wash Fundraisers at Wild Oats!

This year all dog owners will have the opportunity to get their mutts buffed and help raise money to help homeless animals. PACA-AAR (People’s Anti-Cruelty Association/Albuquerque Animal Rescue), Wild Oats Market and VCA West Mesa are the co-sponsors.

Keep your dog clean all summer, and come to Wild Oats Community Market at San Mateo & Academy on Saturday, June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Prices are $10 for small dogs, $15 for medium dogs, $20 for large dogs, and $5 for nail clipping. There will be a surcharge for Colossal or Super Hairy dogs that require extra grooming.

Please contact Jane Long, Program Director PACA/AAR at 505-304-0227 (business) and 505-255-0275 (residence) for more information.

by Anne Schumann

Last February the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL ran a front-page story about a dog being returned to its rightful owner, a refreshing break from the often depressing and sensational headline news. In her article, staff writer, Barbara Chavez, touched hearts with her interview of Joplin Sell of Alamogordo who was planning to reunite Brandy, a white poodle mix, with Julia Morgan of Barstow, California.

In brief, Morgan had taken ill on a trip to New Mexico, resulting in a hospital stay for her while Brandy went to the Otero County Animal Humane Society for almost four months. During that time, Sell happened to be perusing the pound weekly for his lost cat and took an interest in Brandy and in finding her family. Workers at the Humane Society and the city's animal control informed Sell that Morgan had been released from the hospital and had returned to Barstow, but didn't have the money to pay for the dog to be sent back to her.

A dog lover and animal activist, Sell says he was just following his heart when he made the two and one-half day trek to Barstow in mid-February, driven by his friend, Leo Cuevas, who supported and encouraged Sell in his endeavor. Sun Country Case Management Services, Sell's former employer, paid for fuel for the trip.

According to Sell, it was a moving experience on two different levels. Not only was he able to reunite the dog with its owner, but it also was a chance to visit Barstow, coincidentally his birthplace and a city that evokes special memories of his late father who was once stationed at Edwards Air Force Base.

As for the reunion between Brandy and Morgan, Sell describes Morgan as "overwhelmed." Although Morgan knew they were coming, Sell says, "She kept crying all the while trying to explain to us what had happened. She told us her faith kept her believing that her dog would be returned someday." Meanwhile, Brandy's tail never stopped wagging.

The visit was brief--a short forty minutes--as Morgan is wheelchair-bound and tires easily from congenital heart and lung disease. Her son stops by daily to help Morgan care for herself and for Brandy. However brief the moment, which Sell captured on videotape, he has no regrets over the long drive, referring to it as an "incredible journey" and one he will never forget.


"Cats! Wild to Mild" is a special exhibit showing at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science from June 8 through September 1. This spectacular exhibit is an in-depth exploration of all felines focusing on the biology, natural history and conservation of both domestic and wild cats. The "Cats! Wild to Mild" exhibit is included in the regular museum admission price. The Museum is located at 1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM; and is accessible to persons with disabilities.

July 6 ALL DAY Cat and Bat Scavenger Hunt
Fun for kids and families! Explore the “Cats! Wild to Mild” exhibition, And the Museum's permanent exhibits, looking for cats and bats!

July 6 Meet a live cougar!
Moonshadow, a 6-month-old cougar, will be at the Museum from 7:00 to 8:00 pm during First Saturday, an open evening. Moonshadow is a 4th generation "raised-by-humans" mountain lion who enjoys visiting school classrooms and other educational venues to introduce the public to the wonders of his species. Watch him while his "human companions" from Wildlife West talk about cougar behavior. Cost free with Museum admission.

July 20 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Cat Adoption Clinic
NM Animal Friends, along with ACAT, PACA, the Animal Humane Association, and Watermelon Ranch will host a cat adoption clinic at the Museum.

July 20 11:00 am to 3:00 pm The “Cat Diva”
Chris Martín will answer your cat care questions. Ms. Martín is a well-known cat behavior consultant who has recently appeared on KUNM radio.

July 30 at 7:00 pm Rich Beausoleil, NM Game & Fish
Learn all about NM's most elusive feline from a cougar biologist. Fascinating bits of natural history of the cougar will be shared along with its status and management in New Mexico and current research projects involving this large wild cat. Cost: $1 children; $2 adults; $1 museum members. Includes lecture and a special guided walk-through of the “Cats: Wild to Mild” exhibit.

August 10 1:00 to 3:00 pm Fabian Cheama, Fetish Maker
Watch a demonstration of fetish carving. Some Zuni carvings represent animals that are traditionally associated with a specific direction. The mountain lion, who guards the north, is the most powerful. Mr. Cheama is a well-known fetish maker who specializes in cat fetishes.

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