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 or call 505-983-4309, ext. 1153.

Your change creates change!

Whole Foods and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter are teaming up to help homeless animals. Through July 2, WholeFoods-change-graphic-Fwhen you use your own bag for purchases at Whole Foods, the shelter will get a 10-cent credit – it adds up! Watch for special adoption events, giveaways and other promotions. Thanks, Whole Foods Market, for helping Santa Fe’s hometown shelter.

Adoption stories earn $105,000 for Shelter

Lester, a once-shy and shutdown dog whose transformational story inspired a moving video frdsc_1741om his adopter, won the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society a grant for $100,000.

The shelter was awarded two Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes grants at a Wednesday ceremony at the Santa Fe Petco on Cerrillos Road. Actor Ali MacGraw, as well as the shelter’s Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Steketee, board president Roddey Burdine, board members and Susanne Kogut, the Petco Foundation’s executive director, were part of the check presentation.

Kogut said the two shelter adoption stories were selected from more than 5,000 stories submitted by animal adopters throughout the country. The stories, which highlighted how the adopted pets have changed and enriched the adopters’ lives, were chosen from 54 organizations from the pool of winning submissions.
The Petco Foundation plans to award some $750,000 grants to the animal welfare organizations that helped save those animals in the stories.

The Santa Fe animal shelter was nominated by Jamie Meridith and Jude Heimel, whose stories reflect the shelter’s efforts at saving animals through its behavior and transfer programs. Jamie’s dog, Lester, arrived at the shelter with a chain wrapped tightly around his neck. Two days passed before he began to warm up to the shelter’s staff and eventually to Jamie. Their story helped the shelter win the grand prize of $100,000.Jamie, a videographer, told the story in a moving video. Watch the video at .

Jude, who has significant hearing loss, met her dog, Lacey, at the shelter after Lacey had been transferred from an overcrowded partner shelter. The 20-pound spaniel mix had been slated for euthanasia but was rescued through the Santa Fe animal shelter’s transfer program. With Jude’s help and 600 hours of training, Lacey has transformed Jude’s life by serving as her service dog. Jude’s story earned the shelter a $5,000 grant.

To read all of the Holiday Wishes stories and vote for a people’s choice winner, visit People can still vote for their favorite stories and help rescue groups win additional funding of up to $25,000.

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 To learn more about the “Share the Love” campaign, visit