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Shelter offers special Christmas Eve delivery

Santa Claus and his elves are working overtime at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter this holiday season. The jolly guy and his buddies are ready to deliver any animal adopted from the shelter to loving families in the area on Christmas SFAS SantaAd2015Eve.

Santa Claus delivery has become an annual tradition at the shelter, where placing pre-adopted animals in loving homes is a perk of the job, said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. Moore, an imposing guy who stands well over 6-feet-tall, enjoys dressing up as Santa Claus and delivering furry friends to awe-struck children and their families.

He plans to do it again this year and hopes to enlist an elf or two – members of his staff or volunteers – as helpers. Potential adopters are welcome to pre-adopt the animals and the shelter will hold them until the Christmas Eve delivery. The adoptions must take place by Dec. 24; there is no cost for the delivery, although a donation is always appreciated.

“People really do enjoy this fun service,” Moore said. “Anyone who adopts any animal – snake, rabbit, gerbil, cat, dog, kitten or puppy – can take advantage of the special delivery.”

In the past, some animal shelters have put up roadblocks to “pets as gifts,” Moore noted, but that notion has been changing nationwide. A recent survey by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found that people who received pets as gifts did not increase the risk of relinquishment.

There’s a difference between a father or mother adopting a dog or cat as a gift for a child as opposed to simply showing up with a companion animal for a neighbor or friend without them knowing, Moore said. Most people understand that not everyone is ready for a surprise gift of any kind.

Adopters still fill out a questionnaire to ensure that they get the best match for their family, he said. High-energy animals, for example, may not be suited for people with mobility issues, and allergies are always a concern, as well as rental contracts that forbid companion animals.

“Our goal is to make everyone happy – humans and animals,” he said. “A companion animal can bring a family a lifetime of joy, but it has to be the best fit.”

The ASPCA study backs up an earlier study of about 2,600 dogs and 2,300 cats relinquished to 12 shelters in four regions of the U.S. It found that dogs relinquished to the shelters had most frequently come from friends, shelters and breeders. Relinquished dogs infrequently came from pet shops, as gifts or from veterinarians. That study, the ASPCA noted, found that the odds of dog relinquishment were higher when getting an animal from a shelter, a friend, as a stray or from a pet shop, compared to receiving an animal as a gift. Similarly, the ASPCA said most cats relinquished to shelters had originally come from friends, as strays and from shelters. Relinquished cats infrequently came from breeders, veterinarians, or were gifts.

The survey findings help open new adoption options for shelters, the ASPCA noted. The national group recommends that people should give pets as gifts only to those people who have expressed an interest in owning one and have the ability to care for it responsibly.

For more information about adopting an animal from the shelter for Christmas Eve, contact an adoption counselor at 983-4309, ext. 610.

Shelter employees dress up – and down – for the animals

The male employees of the Santa Fe animal shelter are willing to do almost anything to support the nonprofit’s mission, including posing in somewhat ridiculous garb for a fund-raising calendar.SFAS OM&M cover

More than a dozen of the shelter’s employees are featured in a new calendar dubbed “Of Mutts & Men,” in an effort to poke fun at themselves and raise money for the shelter’s programs. A hilarious video that’s gotten play on local television news shows, YouTube and Facebook, captures the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the calendar’s making. Shot by the shelter’s videographer, Anna Yeager, the video showcases the fun antics and banter of the men vying for the calendar’s coveted cover spot.

To view the video, visit, or search the shelter’s YouTube channel for “Behind the Scenes of our Men’s Calendar.”

But the real stars of the calendar are the many homeless animals featured along with the men, some of whom still wait for their forever homes. One dog, for example, poses stoically with facilities workers draped in a U.S. flag for the month of July, while another enjoys the company of an admissions employee pretending to ski for the month of January. Kittens and even a homeless turtle are featured for other months.

The calendar idea has been floating around for several years, said Justin Irwin, an IT specialist with the shelter who helped recruit fellow employees to pose for the calendar. While some men eagerly agreed to subject themselves to ridicule, others took a bit more persuasion, he said.

The men chose their scenes, along with the months, and which animals they would pose with. In addition to Yeager, the videographer, shelter graphics designer Melissa Marquez photographed the scenes. It was all done over a fun two-day period with lots of silly mishaps and cute animals. Marquez designed the calendar, with additional illustrations by Psara Rose, an artist who also works for the shelter’s Behavior Department.

The calendars cost $10 each, with $2 shipping and handling if necessary. The calendars are available at the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road, or the shelter’s in-town resale stores, Look What the Cat Dragged In, 2570 Camino Entrada or 541 W. Cordova Road, beginning Dec. 23. People can also order the calendars by email at

The goal is to raise money for the shelter, but also to raise the shelter’s profile on a different, albeit humorous level. It’s not known what shelter employees will do for next year’s calendar, but it’s sure to be equally as creative and fun.

“Share the Love” pet adoption event and photos with Santa

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter will join The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and Subaru SFAS stl_qt pg adof America for the annual year-end Subaru “Share the Love” event and celebration. As part of this national effort, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Subaru of Santa Fe have teamed up to create off-site adoptions at the Santa Fe dealership, along with offering Photos with Santa Paws.

Santa Fe’s biggest holiday adoption match-a-thon takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Adoption fees for all adult animals will be reduced to $25 during the two-day event. The adoption fee for puppies, kittens and Shelter Heroes will be reduced to 50 percent!

Carolyn Wright with The Photography Studio has generously donated her time again this year for Photos with Santa Paws – professional holiday photos with or without pets! She’s offering a free digital image to all adopters and a free digital image with any Shelter donation – pet food, toys or monetary contributions. Wright also offers customized gift items, prints and photo enlargements that can be created from the picture with Santa Paws. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the shelter and its work with homeless animals.

For every new Subaru purchased or leased during the “Share the Love” event, which runs through Jan. 2, Subaru donates $250 to the owner’s choice of participating charities, one of which is the ASPCA. The ASPCA will be distributing its donation to support animal welfare organizations and lifesaving programs across the country and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is pleased to be a recipient of one of these grants.

“This is a great opportunity to bring more love into your family for the holidays,” said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. “We’re thankful to be a part of the Share the Love campaign and hope we find loving homes for every animal in the shelter.”

What: Share the Love Adoption Event

Where: Subaru of Santa Fe, 4480 Cerrillos Road

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19

Bring Joy to Your World with reduced adoption fees

The adoption fee on all adult animals at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter have been reduced to $25 during December.

The promotion, dubbed Bring Joy to Your World, is being sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society and Hallmark. The reduced adoption fee covers all adult animals 5 months and older, but doesn’t include puppies, kittens or Shelter Heroes – purebreds and other highly sought animals. The shelter, however, is offering reduced adoption rates on many of those animals.

“The holidays are a great time to bring home a dog or cat,” Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions, said. “Nothing says love more than a wonderful animal companion.”

The holiday promotion is being held in shelters and rescue groups throughout the nation as part of a marketing campaign with Best Friends Animal Society. The Utah-based nonprofit aims to boost adoptions of shelter and rescue animals by showcasing shelter animals and reducing adoption fees.

For more information, call the shelter at 983-4309, ext. 610 or view adoptable animals on the shelter's adoption webpage.

Pet store hosts holiday party

A Santa Fe pet boutique is hosting a holiday event Dec. 12 in celebration of its 20th year in business.TecaTu event&raffle flier F revise

Teca Tu’s “Happy Paw-L-Days” celebration in the Sanbusco Market Center kicks of with an afternoon Santa Fe animal shelter pet adoption event from noon until 3 p.m. and continues at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, carolers and free samples and discounted items until 7 p.m. A raffle to benefit the shelter features an Apple watch as a first prize, a giant dragon toy as second and a goodie basket from the store as third. Tickets are $5 each or $20 for five.

The store also is sponsoring a blanket/towel drive for the shelter’s homeless animals.

In addition to carolers from the New Mexico School for the Arts, food and libation from Pranzo and 20 percent off all merchandise (excluding food), a trainer also will be on hand for questions. For more information about the event, call the store at 982-9374. The store is located in the center, 500 Montezuma Ave.