Monthly Archives: May 2016

Charles & Bella

Not long ago, Charles had a beautiful chocolate pit bull named Cupcake. He was deeply attached to her and late last year the worst happened. Cupcake went missing and Charles searched everywhere for her. Tragically, he found her dead in an arroyo just before the holidays. Charles thought his broken heart would never mend and he didn't think he could bear to get another dog. But a month later, he saw some photos of a little chocolate pit bull named Bella on our Facebook page and he knew he had to visit her.

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Bella's mother arrived at the Shelter heavily pregnant and quickly gave birth to a large litter of pups. Our medical team monitored them closely giving them supplemental feeding to ensure they would pull through. Every two weeks, Charles would check in with Bella, offering homemade chicken jerky to her mom. When Bella was old enough to be spayed, he finally got to take her home. Charles says that Bella has helped to fill the hole in his heart, bringing love and joy everywhere she goes. When you support our work, you help make this love possible.

In order to ensure that we can be there for people who are looking for a companion animal, we need your support. The dog star, named Sirius by the ancient Greeks, is the brightest star in the night sky. When you become a monthly giver you shine brightly for homeless animals who need it most.

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Businesses offering discounts of 10% or more when you show your DogSTAR member card

Annie's Soup Kitchen
Artful Tea
Back Road Pizza
Bee Hive Kids Books
Blue Moon Hot Yoga
Cafe Roha
Che Bella Salon
Cheesemongers of Santa Fe
The Good Stuff
Iconik Coffee Roasters
Indigo Baby
The Kitchen Window
Journey's Elite Stress Free Dog Grooming
Liquid Outpost Coffeehouse
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Made in the Shade
Mango Molli Swimwear
New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom
Reside Home
Sachi Organics
State Capital Kitchen
Santa Fe Spirits
Teca Tu-A Pawsworthy Pet Emporium
Wildwood Soapworks
Yes Organic Boutique And Spa

More coming soon!

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Gypsy: Looking for a home

Emily and Hayden are fostering Gypsy and Frankie. Here are a few pictures, alongside a bit about Gypsy's story, from Emily: Gypsy1Gypsy grew up outside with barely any human contact, which makes her fear people. Here she is on her first day of fostering three months ago, cowering on the couch.

Gypsy2Fellow shelter dog Frankie tries to wrestle Gypsy as she tries not to have her photo taken. Since arriving about six weeks ago, Frankie has been Gypsy’s stalwart companion and has taught her the essentials of being a dog. She now performs a happy dance in the morning when the alarm goes off, knowing a walk and breakfast is soon to come.

Gypsy3Gypsy’s among the fastest and most playful dogs at the dog park. We’ve come to look at her tail positioning as a gauge for her excitement.

Gypsy4To keep her happy and exercised, she had to get used to the car. Now she loves it.

Gypsy5At the end of the day, Gypsy just needs a loving, patient home with a good backyard and someone to feed her snacks.

To learn more about Gypsy or arrange to meet her, please call our Adoptions Desk at 505-983-4309, ext. 610, or email our New Hope coordinator at

Meow Wolf’s pet pick for May – Bubbs

Meet Meow Wolf's pick of the month! Bubbs is a white-and-orange, 12-year-old domestic shorthair. He is MeowWolf-pet-pick_Mayfriendly with people and looking to find a home with you, however, he might prefer to be the only cat in your home. Curious about his unique looking eyes? They are different colors, which is very unusual for a cat. We suspect he sustained an injury a long time ago and that is how it has healed. It is unlikely he has any vision left in his right eye, but he gets along just fine! He comes with two complimentary wellness exams from our hospital. Thanks, Meow Wolf, for being part of the Shelter family!

May’s sponsored animals

Thank you to Back Road Pizza for sponsoring Buddy's adoption fee for May! Buddy is a sweet American Bulldog terrier mix who found his way to the Shelter and is now looking for his new home. He is about a year old and weighs about 50 pounds. Buddy is neutered, micro-chipped and comes with 30 days of pet insurance. He has been in our playgroups at the shelter and does very well with other dogs and knows some basic commands. He loves to go on walks.
We appreciate the continued support of one of Santa Fe's best pizza places: Back Road Pizza, 1807 2nd St #1, Santa Fe, 505-955-9055.



bobbiJoeJoe's had a rough life. We suspect he was an owned cat who somehow lost his owners and he ended up on the streets. Thanks to Bobbi Heller, pictured, and many others in the neighborhood where he ended up, he was rescued from a cistern and almost certain death. He's now with us looking for a new family. He does have feline immunodeficiency virus, an infectious disease (to other cats) that usually just requires monitoring and regular checkups. Thanks to a generous contributor, his adoption fee is being sponsored this month, so please come visit him, fall in love and adopt. He's a friendly loving kitty and we so want him to have a loving family!