Santa Fe animal shelter kicks off ‘Dogtoberfest’

The Santa Fe animal shelter is kicking off a monthlong celebration of dogs called “Dogtoberfest,” which will include a virtual pet photo contest, an in-person trivia night and a raffle that will all benefit the long-term shelter animals in need. The second annual event theme, Love Has No Limits, will also highlight stories of dogs and cats that have been at the shelter longer than a month, with some of the residents being there since 2020.

This year’s Dogtoberfest campaign aims to raise awareness on long-term shelter residents and fundraise to support their unusual extended stay, which adds up financially for the shelter. People can celebrate Dogtoberfest in three separate events. First, the Cutest Pet Photo Contest invites people to share the very best photos of their pets for the chance to win prize packages with donations from the area’s retail, restaurant and business community. Entries to the contest will close on Oct. 14. Second, Dogtoberfest will culminate with an in-person trivia night and raffle at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery on Oct. 21. Trivia night and raffle winners will have the chance to win prize packages to local resorts, inns, restaurants and more. Visit for more information and follow the Santa Fe animal shelter’s social media for updates.

Wildlife center sees increase in West Nile virus cases

New Mexico Wildlife Center has seen an increase in West Nile virus cases in bird patients admitted to its wildlife hospital. West Nile virus is transmitted by adult mosquitos to birds, humans, horses and other animals. The most commonly affected species in the center’s Wildlife Hospital are birds.

There are some ways that you can help prevent the spread of West Nile virus at home. Be sure to empty all containers of standing water and overturn anything that might collect water. Protect yourself and your animals by using proper clothing or repellant. If you have standing water such as troughs for horses or livestock, consider using mosquito dunks to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

NMWC staff veterinarian Sarah Sirica reports that “with the temperatures dropping to below 50, the mosquito population will decrease and thus the spread of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses will also decrease.”

Española Humane to host weekend adoption events

Española Humane will showcase adoptable puppies and kittens at two off-site locations in Santa Fe and Española this weekend as the shelter works to find homes for pets in foster care and at its facility.

The shelter will host an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Teca Tu in the DeVargas Center and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 1506 N. Riverside Drive in Española.

All pets are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations and ready to go home to loving families.

S.F. animal shelter participates in adoption event

Santa Fe animal shelter is participating in the Empty the Shelters nationwide adoption event hosted by the BISSELL Pet Foundation. The event will take place Monday through Oct. 10 at the shelter’s main campus.

All adult animals over the age of 6 months are fee-waived, and puppies and kitties are just $25 during the event. For more information on the event visit

Española Humane to waive adoption fees this weekend

Española Humane will be a part of BISSELL Pet Foundation’s national event Empty the Shelter, starting Monday, offering fee-waived adoptions on all adult pets and $25 adoption fees for all puppies and kittens. The event runs through Sunday.

For more information and to see adoptable pets, visit

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