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Animal shelter blanket drive underway

Animal shelter blanket drive underway


Local Albuquerque shelters will gather to keep the city’s needy animals warm this winter.

From November 18th-December 20th, Operation Silent Night takes place. The month long initiative that look for comforting donations like blankets, sweaters and beds.

These gifts go to both cats and dogs that reside in a city shelter while they wait for loving homes. Organizers say blankets will give the animals some relief from the cold cement floors they sometimes lie on.

Things like treats and toys are also welcome. All donations will be dropped off on Christmas Eve.

People can take their donations to the Animal Welfare Department shelters or any Petco stores in Albuquerque.


Today is National Pitbull Awareness Day

Today is National Pitbull Awareness Day

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is hosting an adoption event October 26 at all city shelters.

This means that all adoptions will be on sale for $20 for all pit bull breeds and mixes 1 year and older, along with a free goodie bag with every pet.

Albuquerque residents only will also be available to receive free public spay and neuter surgery coupons for owners of pit bull and pit mixes. Pet businesses will also partake in the festivities.

Pet lovers are encouraged to attend.

The location for the Eastside Animal Welfare is located at 8920 Lomas NE, and the Westside location is 11800 Sunset Gardens SW. Both loactions are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The city says National Pitbull Awareness Day was established to bring awareness to pit bulls, and pass on positive communication about the breed.

Come enjoy the day and the dogs!

Pet fun kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park

Pet fun kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park

The Albuquerque pet community is coming together for another Doggie Dash and Dawdle.

This year’s takes place November 2, at Balloon Fiesta Park.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nine a.m. gets the 5k race going that combines pets and owners. The race is timed, with several categories, including and running with or without a dog. Medals for the winners will be given out.

This is Albuquerque’s largest pet party. Let your best friend bob for hotdogs, get his paws painted, or take a photo in the booth. Expect the city’s best in food trucks, contests, and vendors from a variety of services.

Many of the activities for dog lovers include live music, and the Doggie Dash and Dawdle is looking for performers. If you’re band is interested contact Alden Gilligan at AldenG@AnimalHumaneNM.org.

Haynes Pool welcomes pets this weekend

Haynes Pool welcomes pets this weekend


This weekend in Rio Rancho brings swimming, fun at the pool, and only for dogs.

The Pooch Plunge is an event coordinated by the Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. It’s a day of swimming exclusively for dogs, and is the final activity held at the pool before closing for the season.

Haynes pool invites entire families to come and watch their pet have a blast plunging into the pools. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, accompanied by an adult, and have a collar and leash to and from the pool. All dog owners and spectators may go ankle deep in the water only.

The cost to take part in the event is $5 for the first dog, $8 for two dogs, and $12 for three or more dogs.

Rio Rancho Offers A Variety of Programs For Community

Rio Rancho Offers A Variety of Programs For Community

Throughout July, The City of Rio Rancho is offering a variety of programs and workshops at both of the cities public libraries for the community. All events at both locations are free to the public with no prior registration required. The Loma Colorado Main Library located at 755 Loma Colorado Blvd. will offer special programs listed below.



A Canine Communication and Behavior with A Fresh Perspective Dog Training will be held July 8 and July 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Heather and Rick Dillenger will explain how to think like a dog to resolve or prevent behavioral problems. Feel free to bring your whole family; however, this is a people event, no dogs. Trained service dogs are allowed.


Petco hosts rabbit adoption event

Petco hosts rabbit adoption event

New Mexico House Rabbit Society, the local chapter of an international rabbit rescue organization, is pleased to announce their next adoption event! 

Through the NMHR’s fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them. This weekend rabbits are being adopted out into loving households with indoor living space. NMHRS’s volunteer staff will be on-hand, ready to offer advice, stories, or a nail trimming for your house rabbit.

The society says it is their goal to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits through education, by helping people better understand what they call often misunderstood companion animals.

House Rabbit Society will be asking for a pre-screening of adopters prior to Sunday’s event.

National Pet Adoption Weekend

National Pet Adoption Weekend

Celebrating National Pet Adoption Weekend, this weekend March 22-24 the Petsmart on Coors Bypass Blvd. NW, will have many dogs and cats waiting to be adopted.

The Animal Welfare will be ready with many dogs and cats who are hoping to go home with good families. All adoptions will include the neuter, spay, microchip, and all the law required vaccinations of the animal. This is a great opportunity to find that special companion, as there will be many breeds to choose from.

Dates and times are as follow:

  • Friday March 22 from noon to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Sunday March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Petsmart is located at 10248 Coors Bypass Blvd. NW.

For additional information contact 505-764-1164.