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: Male Husky Malamute with a salt-and-pepper coat with black and white on back. “Tier” has brown eyes. He is neutered and has no collar or chip. He was lost near The Merc in the Placitas Shopping Center on March 22. #4041


Dog: Puppy that appears to be a Blue Heeler; not sure if it is male or female. Puppy is about seven weeks old and is very sweet. Found near Rosa Castilla and Tecolote Road in Placitas on March 18. (See picture, to right) #4042 #4042


Am I yours? Call Dave or January!

Two dogs: Male Pit Bull that is neutered, no tags, blue collar. He has cropped ears, trimmed nails, and is tan with a little white on chest. Other dog is a medium size dog with small frame that is white with black-and-brown spots—shepherd like. He has patch over eye. Seen off Apache Mesa near Perediz Canyon in Placitas around March 18. #4043

Two dogs: Small black dog with collar and tags. Other dog is a Border Collie mix. Seen on March 11 near Strahl Avenue, crossing Tierra Madre near the Homesteads Shopping Center in Placitas. #4044 and #4045


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

Hi Lalo, With winter looking more like spring in Placitas, this mountain bluebird and his flock swarmed juniper trees to feast on berries from last season.  —Bill Diven

Helping Paws

An international animal-rescue organization based in Placitas is reporting another successful foreign journey. This time, the volunteer team set up its free clinic in Oak Ridge village on Roatán, an island village off the Gulf coast of Honduras.

“We did 229 surgeries, but vaccinated and medically treated 597 animals including one monkey and two hamsters,” Angie Cherry of Helping Paws Across Borders said in a note to the Signpost. “The children [of the town] all received shoes, educational books about how to be kind to animals, and clothing.”

Over the last ten years, the veterinarians, vet techs like Cherry and other volunteers, have held clinics in the Caribbean and elsewhere in Latin America. Helping Paws, founded by Cherry and her daughter, relies on donations of supplies, medicines, collars, leashes, and airline miles to help with its work.

The group works with local supporters to help rural communities not served by local veterinarians. Helping Paws is planning a return trip to Roatán in July.

Helping Paws Across Borders posts notices about its travels and available clinics on Facebook and on its website (

Open house for Wildlife Rescue, Inc.

—Roberta Winchester

On April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico will be having an open house at 2901 Candelaria Rd NW in Albuquerque. Participants will be able to explore behind-the-scenes at the Clinic, meet our educational birds, meet rehabilitators, and learn all about why and how we serve New Mexico’s wildlife. There will be free food and drink. Parking available at Rio Grande Nature Center main lot for three dollars.

We are also looking for volunteers to help treat injured or orphaned animals in the coming year. Those interested must attend a two-day training (April 4 and April 11). For more information, call 344-2500.

Corrales Historical Society “Speaker Series” talks on raising Churro sheep

On April 16, at 7:00 p.m., Corrales resident Pat Clauser will present “Churro Sheep in the Southwest,” at Old San Ysidro Church at 966 Old Church Road, across from Casa San Ysidro. The event is free and open to the public.

After being brought to the Southwest by the Spanish in the late sixteenth Century, Churro sheep were raised by the Spanish settlers and the Native tribes for food and wool. In the 1850s, thousands of Churros were trailed to California. Most of the remaining flocks were bred with fine wool rams to meet the demands of the increased population and for army uniforms. Later, Navajo flocks would be decimated by the U.S. Army as a way to control the Native tribes. By the early 1900s, the remaining true survivors were to be found only in isolated villages in Northern New Mexico and in remote canyons of the Navajo Reservation.

Pat Clauser and her family moved to Corrales in the late Seventies. She began raising Churro sheep in the early Eighties starting with an ewe named Cinnamon, and became a member of the Navajo Churro Sheep Association. and her family began raising Churro sheep in the early Eighties in Corrales, and became a member of the Navajo Churro Sheep Association. Her interests have led to a study of early sheep in New Mexico and the Southwest, breeding for specific color, promoting local wool production, and collecting books on sheep and their importance to textiles and weaving.

Lurking danger—your dog and heartworms

—Laura Kuechenmeister

With warm, sunny days upon us, too few dog owners realize that their dog’s health may be at risk. Heartworm, if left undetected and untreated, is a killer. It is increasing in frequency in New Mexico. “When I first came to Animal Humane eight years ago, we seldom tested shelter dogs for Heartworm at intake because it was so uncommon,” says Peggy Weigle, executive director. “Now we see infected dogs on a regular basis, and we test every dog we bring in.”

Heartworm disease is a problem in any state with mosquitoes, and it is increasing here in New Mexico. Because spring marks the beginning of heartworm season, Animal Humane hopes new adopters will take advantage of our special, and continue preventive treatment all year to ensure their family pet does not contract a serious, sometimes fatal, condition.

If you’re ready for new canine companion, visit our Big Blue Adoption Center (615 Virginia St. SE) to find your perfect pet. The ASPCA offers more comprehensive information on heartworm disease on their website.

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