Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988

Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas area, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. The Hotline is a nonprofit service run by Dave and January Harper to help reunite lost and found pets. Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service courtesy of the Signpost—we can sometimes even include a photo. Call Dave and January at 867-6135 or 263-2266 and leave a detailed message, or email the Animal Hotline at: (but call, too).


Dog: Chow/lab cross, older female lost from Ranchos de Placitas, on March 3. “Sonya” is a blonde/yellow, 14-year-old, who can’t see well. She was lost from Yucca Lane, not far from Placitas Homesteads. #3968

“If you see me, call Dave.” Reward offered.

Cat: Orange-and-white tabby lost from Ranchos de Placitas, just north of highway 165, at Juniper Road. “Leo” is a male, yellow/orange tabby cat with white chest, nose, and feet. He is an indoor cat (who got out), and he is very new to the area, so please keep your eyes out for him and help him find his way home. Reward offered. #3970 [See photoabove.]


Two dogs: A blonde dog and a black dog seen running loose on Camino de la Buena Vista (a little west of the Village of Placitas and north of Highway 165) on March 23. #3975 & #3976.


Animal News


Lalo’s pet prints:

Lalo loves to receive your pet and animal photos to print in the Signpost.
Email them to “Lalo” at:
Or mail prints to: Signpost, P. O. Box 889 Placitas, NM 87043

“Who’s a pretty boy, Peter?” —Lois Nethery

“Winter dove, 2014” —Michael and Jeremie Sare, La Mesa, Placitas

Orphaned roadrunner chicks—bottle-fed by volunteers from Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico
—Kent Winchester

Wildlife Rescue NM annual volunteer training and open house

—Roberta Beyer

It’s spring and all kinds of wild critters are being born—roadrunners, songbirds, squirrels, and more. Some of them are going to need rescuing and Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico will be the rescuer. Wildlife Rescue, whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release our wild cousins, enters its busiest season with an annual open house, the only time of the year that it is allowed to give the public a tour of its facilities. In addition, it provides training for people who would like to volunteer to work at the center. Helping more than two thousand injured or orphaned animals each year requires many well-trained volunteers who love animals.

The Open House is on April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Center, located at the entrance to the Rio Grande Nature Center, at 2901 Candelaria Road, NW, in Albuquerque. Some of Wildlife Rescue’s educational birds will be there as well.

The volunteer training sessions will be held on April 5 and April 12 at the Center and will cover treating and rescuing birds and mammals. Attendance at both sessions is required before volunteers can begin working at the Center. Sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. An add-on mammal training class will be given on April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Center at 344-2500 or email:

Wild Horse Film Showcase 2014 explains complex management issues of wild horses

The first annual Wild Horse Film Showcase sponsored by the Cimarron Sky-Dog Reserve will be held in Santa Fe on April 4 and 5.

On April 4, there will be a reception at 5:00 p.m. at the Collected Works Bookstore on Water Street to feature the winners of their Fourth Annual Equine Photo Contest. The film El Caballo will be shown at 6:00 p.m. Wild horses are now protected by federal law, but a debate rages about what the horse’s role in the natural landscape should be. El Caballo documents one of the most complex wildlife management issues today. What should the human relationship with wildlife be, and what constitutes a native species? Where do modern wild horses fit in our view of the natural world? This event is free with limited seating.

On April 5, there will be a consecutive screening of four films—Wild Horses & Renegades, she had some horses, Wild Horse Wild Ride, and Running Wild—at the Palace of the Governors Museum Auditorium on Washington Street, next to the Santa Fe plaza, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Information about the wild horse issues covered will be available in the lobby outside the auditorium.

Tickets are available through the Lensic box office, although the event is not at the Lensic. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance, as there are only two hundred seats in the auditorium. The cost is five dollars for one movie on April 5.

For further details, visit

Artwork for the birds at Coronado Historic Site

On April 26, from 10:00 to noon, the Friends of Coronado will be welcoming spring with a birdhouse and wind chime workshop open to the public in the Coronado Historic Site Video/Exhibit room. Limited to 15 adult crafters, they will be making miniature Southwestern “adobe”-style birdhouses or wind chimes. The size of the craft is 3.5”x3.5”x2.5”—ideal for hanging outdoors or on a Christmas Tree. The cost is $15 dollars and includes all materials, including, paint, chimes, glue, and tiny ristras. Reservations required: call Pat Harris at 822-8571. For other programs visit their website:

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