Leo, a 7-year-old male Maine coon mix, arrived at Felines & Friends in December after his owner died. Sweet Leo had been living in a playpen cage and was very timid.

With the care and patience of Felines & Friends, Leo was able to learn to live outside of a confined space and was adopted in February by Nissa Marenius and Isaac Michaud of White Rock.

“Leo has been such a joyful addition to our family,” Marenius said. “Although he was reserved for his first weeks with us, he was affectionate from the start and has grown comfortable with us — he’s now Isaac’s work-from-home supervisor.”

Leo is thriving in his new home, and watching him become more confident has been a humbling and rewarding experience for Marenius and Michaud.

“He makes us slow down and appreciate small moments with him. He once played for most of the day with a foil yogurt lid instead of catnip, so he’s teaching us to make the most of what we already have,” Marenius said.


Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society: Jayden is a dashingly handsome 1-year-old dog who weighs about 50 pounds.

Jayden is super friendly with people and dogs and enjoys going on nice, long walks. He is smart and knows many basic commands.

Pepper is a beautiful 2-year-old domestic shorthair female cat who weighs 5 pounds. Pepper is a sweet gal who enjoys receiving treats and pets.

These and other animals are available for adoption from the animal shelter, 100 Caja del Rio Road.

The adoption hours during the pandemic are by appointment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 505-983-4309, ext. 1610, or visit www.sfhumanesociety.org/adoptions to schedule an appointment.

Española Humane: Tippy is a sweet and gorgeous dog.

She is socialized after weeks of foster care and loves people and pets.

Tippy is a 3-month-old, 23-pound heeler mix who is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and comes with six months of heartworm prevention for an adoption fee of $150.

Kitten season has arrived. Ivy has had whiskers for days. This 2-month-old tuxedo gal is purring and playful.

Ivy is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and her adoption fee is $85.

Visit espanolahumane.org to schedule an appointment.

Dew Paws Rescue: Chanel is a sweet, 3-year-old female pitbull.

She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm negative.

She is a playful 50-pound girl with lots of energy.

Chanel would best fit in a family with older children and a playmate of the opposite sex who is the same size or larger.

Call 505-412-9096 or visit infodewpaws@gmail.com for more information.

Felines & Friends: Billy is very outgoing and social. His ideal home would be with someone who is retired or works regular hours.

He is a diabetic and requires insulin daily.

He gets along well with another diabetic cat, Juniper, and seems to be much happier with cat companionship. He is about 10 years old.

Juniper has diabetes and is a sweet and social cat who gets along with other cats.

It is easy to test his glucose and administer insulin.

Given his age, with a low-carb wet-food diet, he might go into remission. He is about 5 years old.

Both cats can be seen by appointment.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering either, fill out an application at fandfnm.org.

The Horse Shelter: Longfellow is a 20-year-old sorrel gelding who has an easygoing personality and bonds well with other horses.

He would most likely let people lead a child around on him, but he is offered as a nonriding companion horse. His adoption fee is $250.

Longfellow and many other horses are available for adoption at The Horse Shelter in Cerrillos. For more information, call 505-577-2193 or visit thehorseshelter.org.

(2) comments

Stephen Rubin

nice lil piece and just thought id add i rescued my BFF bro in arms unique housemate Stanley from the SF Anial Shelter a few years ago...Stanley is a rare all white Maine Coon who has the not rare enough FIV so while an all white Maine Coon would normally be a very pricey show cat and well beyond my means to bring into my life thanks to the shelter and some Norwegians who even paid the adoption fees, he became my pal...i recall him first looking at me melting into my mind heart and soul but because I already had little also adopted forever kitten snowshoe Siamese sweetheart Stella I thought the FIV thing would be a problem but i did more research...returned the next week and Stanley (known in shelter as Andre a name i couldn't stomach) waited patiently knowing he'd be coming into my life for a forever as the vet clarified things and said if Stella and Stanley dont fight the first night chances are they never will (meaning the reality that indeed via a blood fight he can give his FIV to another cat) so after watching them Stanleys first days it became clear Stanley is just as nice and would never hurt anyone (except a mouse or bird if they went outside) esp not each other...they quickly became a yin and yang duo....and tho he was a svelte 14 pounds when i rescued him Mr Stanley has grown, while Stella doesnt grow nor age, into a full sized over 30 pound king....with his giant paws and peaceful ways he is a love fluff buddy...ver yeccentric entertaining and a loyal friend....as we drove him home he was very quiet and something told me he was gonna be one of those who is quiet at first until....i was right, gladly...he makes some of the most amusing loud heart warming noises.... anyway enjoy ur Maine Coon and thanks!

Henry R.

Stephen, sounds like you are all perfect for each other; I’m glad that it all worked out so well. Sounds like it was meant to be. [thumbup][thumbup][smile]

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