Join your friends at Paws for a Cause

KOB news anchor Nicole Brady will lead this year’s Paws for a Cause, a 10K run to benefit animals and people, at Santa Fe’s popular dog walk. The 10K run and 5K dog walk fundraiser benefits the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.

Brady, an avid animal lover, will be among the dozens of people and canines at the Saturday, May 4, event at Alto/Bicentennial Park in Santa Fe. In addition to the timed run around Alto Park and the Santa Fe River Trail and the Fun Walk to the Plaza, festivities include demonstrations, vendor booths with pet products and services, and snacks and beverages for pets and people.

The timed 10K run along Santa Fe River Trail begins at 9 a.m., and the walk to the Plaza begins at 9:15 a.m. Participants of both the run and the walk may return to the park for demonstrations, vendor browsing and fun activities, including canine contests for the Best Kisser, Best Tail Wagger and Best Dog Trick.

Day of event registration at the park begins at 8 a.m.; cost is $25. Preregistration packet pickup is available from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the REI store in the Railyard. The first 250 people to register will receive a free event bandana.

Register online at or call 983-4309, ext. 203, for more information.

Open house highlights integrative rehabilitation

A new clinic for rehabilitating companion animals will host an open house Friday, May 3.

Bounce Back Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation, 1541 S. St. Francis Drive, in the complex across from the clock tower, will showcase its treatment options at the open house from 4 to 8 p.m.

Opened recently by Sue McKelvey, a longtime Santa Fe veterinarian who graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School, the clinic aims to enhance the human-animal bond through techniques that can improve mobility, manage pain and aid conditioning for animal companions.

McKelvey uses physical and massage therapy, underwater treadmill hyrdotherapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, neuromuscular-electric stimulation, stretching and balance-strengthening exercises for dogs and cats for a variety of conditions.

McKelvey said she began developing her skills in the healing aspects of veterinary medicine after being certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2009. She continued her passion for integrative veterinary rehabilitation by being certified as a canine veterinary rehabilitation therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.

She said she looks forward to working closely with clients, their pets and referring veterinarians.

For information about the open house or clinic, call 983-6912.

Dog bowl auction helps homeless project

A silent auction of dog bowls made by local artists and a photography exhibit highlight a May fundraiser for the Street Homeless Animal Project.

Pets on the Patio, set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Counter Culture Café, 930 Baca St., features a photography exhibit by Tony Stromberg and the silent auction of handmade dog bowls. Treats for pets and their human guardians also will be available.

The Street Homeless Animal Project, founded and led by Karen Cain, provides pet food, veterinary care and spay/neuter services for the animal companions of homeless people in the area. Cain, the winner of a prestigious Milagro Award from Animal Protection New Mexico, founded SHAP in 2010 after working for years in the homeless community as a licensed counselor and homeless advocate.

For more information about the event or the project, call 501-4933.

Shelter sets another free spay clinic

Thanks to ongoing support for free spaying and neutering in the community, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society will host another free clinic for dozens of dogs at its south-side clinic Thursday, May 9.

The first-come, first-serve event at the shelter’s Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic, 2570 Camino Entrada, offers free altering to the first 50 dogs. A donor, who helps with free spaying/neutering throughout the region, is underwriting the event.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. Arrive early to secure a surgery slot. Dogs must be between 8 weeks and 5 years of age and weigh more than 2 pounds. Animals shouldn’t have food after 10 p.m. the night before surgery.

For more information about the event, call the clinic at 474-6422 or visit the shelter’s website,

PAWS marks 20 years with a party

An area animal-rescue group will celebrate 20 years of saving lives with a fundraising event in June at the Museum Hill Café in Santa Fe.

The all-volunteer People for Animal Welfare Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals, the promotion of humane animal care, and curbing animal overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering, will host a dinner at 5 p.m. June 1 at the cafe, 710 Camino Lejo. The event features a cash bar and gourmet buffet for both vegetarians and nonvegetarians. Tickets are $100.

PAWS operates an emergency food bank for pets, promotes the understanding of the interdependence of people, animals and the environment, and works to save animal lives through adoptions, rescue and spaying and neutering. Jane Carson is the president of the nonprofit, and other board members include: Karen Kleeman, Claire Leonard, Tom Alexander and Jeanne Pschorr.

In addition to the group’s outreach work, PAWS annually sponsors New Mexico’s Week for the Animals, a September event that alternately focuses on adoptions, humane education and spaying and neutering.

For more information or tickets for the June 1 fundraiser, call 466-1525 or email

Dog classes focus on behavior

Several workshops that focus on dog training will be offered by CHACO’s Hub in Tesuque.

A six-week puppy socialization class will be offered Saturdays from May 18 to June 22; a class on playing (hunting) games, designed to physically and mentally exercise dogs as a way of reinforcing positive behavior will be held on Tuesdays from May 14 to June 11; and a team walking class, a three-day workshop on teaching dogs to walk on a leash, will be held on three consecutive Thursdays, May 23, May 30 and June 6.

Space is limited for classes and workshops. For times, costs and more information, visit CHACO is lead by Almudena Ortiz Cue, a certified pet dog trainer who is also a certified TellingtonTouch practitioner.

Raffle benefits homeless animals

A Santa Fe bakery that specializes in quality treats for pets is sponsoring a raffle to support the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.

Pooch Pantry Bakery & Boutique, 301 N. Guadalupe St., is raffling off an iPad 2 to support the shelter. Tickets are $10 each and only 100 tickets will be sold, said Pooch Pantry owner Daphne Wright. The drawing will be held Friday, May 31.

The on-sight bakery features fresh, all-natural, homemade treats made from the best ingredients. The store also carries a full line of raw foods, high-quality dog and cat foods and boutique items for pampered pets.

Wright said she hopes the raffle is popular so the bakery can sponsor similar raffles. For more information, call the store at 820-1130.

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