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Oktoberfiesta supports nonprofits

The Santa Fe animal shelter is among three nonprofits that will benefit from the Santa Fe Brewing Co.’s sixth annual Oktoberfiesta.

The two-day event is set from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday,Oct. 22, at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Co.,

35 Fire Place off N.M. 14. The fiesta features live music, food trucks and contests. The shelter’s adoption van will have adoptable dogs available from noon to 3 p.m. both days. Admission to the event is $10; a portion of the proceeds benefit the three nonprofits selected by the brewery’s customers.

In addition to the Santa Fe animal shelter, other nonprofits include Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region and Community Against Violence Taos.

For more information, visit www.santafebrewing.com.

Shelter offers dog training courses

Several training courses for dogs and their owners are being offered this summer by the Santa Fe animal shelter.

The shelter’s Rock Solid Recall Class for adult dogs has been rescheduled. The first class starts at noon, Saturday, June 3, at the Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes run for five weeks and cover learning techniques to help strengthen recall (coming when called) in the dogs.

A basic clicker-training course offers dog owners a chance to work with their dogs on basic commands and strengthen the bond with their best friend.

The six-week course will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the Roddey Burdine Rehabilitation Center at the back of the shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The hour-long classes cover basic training, such as sit, stay, down, leave it, along with leash work. Owners will come away with a sense of how dogs learn, how to teach them and how to troubleshoot troublesome behaviors or issues that are happening at home.

Class size is limited to eight dogs; the first class of both courses is held without dogs.

The cost of the course is $200; shelter or rescued dogs who have been adopted within one year are eligible for a 50 percent discount.

For more information, email training@sfhumanesociety.org or call 505-983-4309, ext. 1153.

Shelter offers Christmas elf delivery, holiday adoption fees

The Santa Fe animal shelter is offering free Christmas Eve delivery of dogs and cats – with elves this year, instead of Santa Claus – along with specially reduced adoption fees.

Santa Claus delivery has become an annual tradition at the shelter, where placing pre-adopted animals in elf-delivery16loving homes is a perk of the job, said Dylan Moore, the shelter’s director of adoptions. This year, however, Moore injured his foot and has handed over his deliveries to two elves – Dr. Jennifer Steketee, the shelter’s executive director, and Anne Stein, lead shelter technician.

The two plan to get in the Christmas spirit by delivering pets to adopters as a special treat. 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 6 p.m. Friday; there is no cost for the delivery. The deliveries will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

“There’s no greater joy than bringing a new family member into a loving home,” Steketee said, adding that she and Stein, along with a driver are looking forward to fulfilling holiday dreams.

In hopes of making sure that everyone can have a furry friend in the family, the shelter also is offering a two-day adoption event at the shelter. On Friday and Saturday, the shelter is offering all adult animals at an adoption fee of $25. In addition, the shelter is waiving the adoption fee on all senior dogs 5 years and older and senior cats 9 years and older. The adoption fee for puppies, kittens and Shelter Heroes — highly sought or purebred animals — is 50 percent off.

In the past, some animal shelters have put up roadblocks to “pets as gifts,” and reduced adoption fees, 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 or at a reduced adoption fee did not increase the risk of relinquishment.

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.

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

The shelter is closed at 1 p.m. Saturday and all day Sunday for Christmas.

“Share the Love” benefits Santa Fe Animal Shelter

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter will join The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® and Subaru of 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. 16, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Adoption fees for all adult animals will be reduced to $25 during the two-day event. Adoption fees for puppies, kittens and Shelter Heroes will be half price.

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, 7511 Cerrillos Road

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

For more information about Share the Love Adoptions and to look at adoptable pets, please visit www.sfhumanesociety.org. To learn more about the “Share the Love” campaign, visit www.aspca.org/subaru.

Lighting ceremony honors animals

Hundreds of farolitos will be lit Friday at the Santa Fe animal shelter in a special ceremony that will include pet portraits, luminarias and refreshments.farolito-eblast-graphic

The farolitos in the Light the Way Home event will represent all homeless animals given a new chance with a loving family thanks to the generosity of the community, said Gabrielle Amster, the shelter’s director of sustainability. The shelter has been raising funds for weeks in its holiday campaign that offers supporters a chance to put their name, a loved one’s name or the name of an animal on the farolito bags for a $100 donation.

Shelter staff and volunteers will be lining the shelter’s drive with the bags for the 6 p.m. event, which also includes refreshments, a Christmas tree lighting and three luminarias for s’mores in the shelter’s courtyard.

The shelter also will kick off a new creative fundraising effort – pet portraits – through its own Lenslicker Photography. Jacob Felix, a well-known photographer and shelter staff member, will be taking portraits of pets for donations at the event. His unique portraits also will be available throughout the year to the public for a fee. Visit lenslickerphotography.com for more information about packages and costs.

Farolitas and luminarias are a unique Northern New Mexico tradition, one that the shelter will honor in its own special way. The lights have their roots in the 1800s, when small bonfires were used to guide people to the celebration of Christmas Mass.

Now, the lights will help with saving the lives of homeless animals. The goal is to raise $200,000 and light they way home for 2,000 shelter animals.

“A homeless animal’s life is often filled with darkness, without a loving home to brighten his or her life,” said Dr. Jennifer Steketee, the shelter’s executive director. “With your help, we can light their way home this holiday season and beyond.”

The event offers a chance for the community to get to know Steketee, who was named the shelter’s executive director in November. Steketee, the shelter’s former medical director, said she’s excited to lead the shelter.

“The shelter has spent 75 years changing the way our community sees animals, and I am honored to be part of its future,” she said. “There is no limit to what a group of passionate, driven animal lovers can accomplish.”

For more information about the Light The Way Home campaign, or to make a donation, visit the shelter’s website at www.sfhumanesociety.org or visit the shelter’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/sfhumanesociety.