Cats and art mix at exhibit

The Santa Fe animal shelter and the New Mexico Museum of Art are teaming up to highlight fabulous felines.

The museum is offering an art-making workshop, Homage to Your Pet or Favorite Animal, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 107 W. Palace Ave. The shelter will be sponsoring a cat adoption event from noon to 4 p.m.



The workshop and adoption event are being held in conjunction with artist Judy Chicago’s exhibit, on display through Oct. 12. Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014, offers a retrospective of the artist’s work, including more personal works and projects such as the Kitty City Project, which features watercolors and pencil studies detailing the life of cats in her household.

In the workshop, participants create mixed-media projects to honor their favorite animals. The workshop is free with museum admission.

Shelter cats will be available for adoption. All cats are spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.

Buddhist monk to hold pet blessing

A Buddhist monk in the tradition of the Dalai Lama and former member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile will lead a pet blessing at the Santa Fe animal shelter.

The blessing by Geshe Thupten Phelgye is set for 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the courtyard next to the shelter’s adoptions building, 100 Caja del Rio Road. It is free and open to the public.

Phelgye, who also will bless the shelter’s homeless animals, is founder of the Universal Compassion Foundation, an international animal rights activist and visiting global scholar in residence at Gonzaga University and an adjunct professor at Eastern Washington University.

Phelgye will speak about kindness to animals and bless individual animals. Organizers ask that participants consider the safety of their animals by making sure dogs and other large animals are on leads and that cats and other small animals are in crates or whatever habitat is appropriate.

For more information about Phelgye and the Universal Compassion Foundation, visit universalcompassion.org or dharamavoicesofanimals.org.

Lead the parade with your pet

The Santa Fe animal shelter is urging families with pets adopted from the shelter to join them in this year’s Children’s Pet Parade.

The shelter will once again take the lead as the grand marshal of Desfile de Los Niños during the Santa Fe Fiesta. The parade is set for Sept. 6.

Those wishing to join the shelter and its volunteers are asked to gather by 7:45 a.m. at the parade staging area at the New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda St. The parade, which is free, starts at 9 a.m. The shelter will have a Hawaiian theme and ask participants to come in costume and bring props.

For more information about joining the parade, email Jessica Jenkins at jjenkins@sfhumanesociety.org.

The hour-long parade, which began in the early 1920s, features hundreds of children and their families in costumes. The event ends with an awards ceremony on the Plaza.

The shelter’s mobile adoption team also will be on the Plaza after the parade with adoptable dogs. The adoption event runs until 3 p.m.

Let your dog take a dip

The Santa Fe animal shelter and the city’s Recreation Division are teaming up in September for fun-filled splash for dogs.

The second annual Doggy Dip will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at Bicentennial Pool at Alto Park.

The event, which runs until 2 p.m., includes dog swimming, games and vendors. Some of the sponsors and vendors include PetCo, Black Label Studios, Bounce Back Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation and Pooch Pantry. Gift bags with coupons, goodies and treats will be given to the first 100 participants with dogs.

Only dogs will be allowed in the pools, although volunteers will help dogs in the large swimming pool. A wading pool is available for those dogs who may not be comfortable in the larger pool.

Admission is $10 per dog, with all proceeds benefiting the shelter. The pool is at 1121 Alto St., near Alto Park.

Event benefits animal sanctuaries

A Santa Fe pet-food business is hosting a fundraising that features photo portraits, a raffle and educational speakers in support of two area animal sanctuaries.

The second annual Feed Love for Life fundraiser, hosted by Marty’s Meals, 1107 Pen Road, starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. The event kicks off with photo portraits of dogs from 10 a.m. to noon, available to all who purchase raffle tickets. Winners will receive prizes totaling $1,000 from Marty’s Meals food products, in increments of $250, $100, $50 and $10.

Proceeds from the raffle benefit Rancho de Chihuahua and Bridging the Worlds. Tickets are available at Marty’s Meals.

Educational speakers, featuring Marty’s Meals contributing holistic veterinarian and homeopathic Dr. Dee Blanco, along with pet trainers, touch on optimizing animal vitality through the food-health connection, dos and don’ts of the dog park and hands-on connection with your pet. The talks will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the store’s community room.

A taco bar featuring the same ingredients that are in Marty’s Meals’ pet food — organic and free range proteins of lamb, chicken and bison, along with organic, locally grown vegetables — also will be available to sample, along with vegetarian options.

Marty’s Meals, founded by Sandra Bosben in 2010, features raw and cooked natural and organic pet food menus for dogs and cats. The retail store-commercial kitchen on Pen Road opened in June 2013. For more information, call the store at 670-3754.

Reading event features bunny story

A statewide volunteer organization that helps house rabbits is hosting a book reading for children.

The New Mexico House Rabbit Society, in collaboration with Bookworks bookstore in Albuquerque, is hosting Meet the Bunnies at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at the store, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd. The presentation is part of the bookstore’s Big On Animals program on animal welfare.

In recognition of International Rabbit Month, the store is featuring The Forgotten Rabbit by Nancy Fursinger. Copies of the children’s picture book will be available at the store. For more information, contact Bookworks at kids@bkworks.com or 344-8139.

Group looks to spark animal alliance

An animal-welfare advocate is hoping to organize an alliance of shelter and rescue workers in northwestern New Mexico to help animals in the area.

Babette Herrmann is hosting an organizational meeting of the Four Corners Pet Alliance in Gallup on Sept. 20. She’s encouraging shelter-rescue groups to attend the meeting and submit no more than three agenda topics by Sept. 15.

The noon meeting will be held at the TravelCenters of America, Country Pride Restaurant, 3404 W. Historic Highway 66.

Herrmann, who has been doing rescue in the area for about five years, said she hopes the alliance can work to curb animal suffering, which she describes as dire. She sees increased transfers of animals as paramount, along with more effective spay/neuter campaigns, promoting responsible pet ownership and community involvement and bolstering local adoptions. She’d also like to take a look at other options, such as approaching local entities.

Herrmann, who has helped rescue hundreds of animals in the area, said coordinating rescue is challenging because of the great distance between organizations and limited resources. However, she believes life can get better for animals through collaboration and networking.

For more information, contact Herrmann at babsie220@gmail.com. The group has also created at Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fourcornerspetalliance.

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