This week PetravelR™ is spotlighting the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Adopt a Friend.
The mission of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is to support animals, save lives and spread compassion.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter, a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is the largest animal shelter and care facility in northern New Mexico. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter cares for more than 5,000 lost, stray, abandoned or injured animals and offers services to more than 16,000 companion animals and their guardians each year. The Shelter contracts with the City and County of Santa Fe to care for homeless and stray animals, but also serves every animal brought through its front doors from any other source. They work to reunite people with their lost animal companions, and re-home those animals that have gone unclaimed into new homes through their adoption program.
If you live in northern New Mexico and have made the careful decision to bring a companion animal into your life, chances are that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter has a dog, cat, kitten, puppy, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, or other fuzzy critter that will match your home and lifestyle. Matchmaking is an important part of the adoption process, and the Shelter works very hard to help hopeful animal lovers find a companion that will fit their lifestyle. The Shelter updates its list of adoptable animals every day – so come visit the animals in the Shelter or at their satellite adoption facility inside PetSmart. In an attempt to reach people who may find it difficult to get to the Shelter campus, mobile adoption events also bring animals into the community as often as possible.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter offers a variety of programs to help homeless animals and ensure that every animal who comes through their doors receives the best care and can be matched with a loving family. Low- and no-cost spay/neuter programs address the overpopulation problems that our community faces, and the Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital offers a range of veterinary services to the general public and employs a sliding scale for income-qualified clients. Free training classes are offered for puppies adopted from the Shelter, and health and behavior tips are available online for dogs, cats, and rabbits. Humane education programs in local schools teach children to respect and care for all living creatures. Every week more than 40 Pet Outreach volunteers and their dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement communities.
The Shelter Campus features 100 acres of beautiful outdoor space and fenced-in dog parks, including a large 7-acre Community Dog Park that is open to the public and provides room to roam for the community’s social canines. There’s even a separate park for those dogs under 30 pounds, called Samantha’s Park of Small Dogs. And there are three other large dog parks reserved for single use by dogs who need exercise but lack necessary social skills to intermingle in the community dog parks!
The Shelter also hosts Critter Camps specially geared for budding animal welfare advocates [one of PetravelR’s™ favorite events!]. These unique programs for children ages 10-13 provide a fun and educational opportunity to work with animals and include dog walking and socializing, cat socializing, dog training, learning about house rabbits, humane education, animal artwork and games. Participants also observe the important work that goes on in the clinic. Basic, or beginning camp, is geared for children new to the Shelter’s programs. The camps generally run in the summer months. Advanced camps, which are scheduled at the end of summer, target children who have taken previous camps or have a strong interest in animal welfare, and offer a more in-depth, hands-on experience at the Shelter.
The animals at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter need you! The Santa Fe Animal Shelter receives nearly all of its funding through private donors in the local community and beyond, so they need your help to continue their great work.
The Shelter has an active and vital volunteer program that encourages volunteers to participate both directly with animals as well as doing “behind the curtain” work such as administrative assistance and kennel maintenance, returning feral cats to the wild streets of Santa Fe County and assisting in surgery. Whether you wish to volunteer by spending time directly with the animals, by teaching humane principles to children, or by participating in any number of other volunteer opportunities, they welcome your help! You can also volunteer to foster shelter animals. The New Hope Program truly offers a second chance to so many wonderful animals. This unique program helps find temporary and long-term homes for animals that might need extra time before finding a forever home.
If you aren’t able to volunteer, there are many other ways to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. The Shelter has both planned giving and monthly giving programs. You can also make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, donate much-needed supplies, purchase items online from the New Hope Program Wish List, or – if you live near or are visiting Santa Fe – shop for your pet at the Shelter Store or for yourself at the two Look What the Cat Dragged In resale stores.
Partnered with the community, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is working for change in the lives of companion animals and to end the suffering of all animals.
PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!