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).


CAT: Female, five year old black cat. She is wearing a red collar and went missing around November 10 on Bison Court in Trails East subdivision in Placitas. #4029

LOST: Big friendly Maine Coone Cat, “Miles.”
If you see me, call the Animal Hotline at 867-6135. Reward for return!

CAT: Big friendly seven-year-old Maine Coon Cat (pictured above) went missing on December 20 on Homesteads Road in Placitas Homesteads subdivision. Call if you see him. #4033


DOG: Female, Australian Shepard with green cone was hit by a car, and she ran off. Dog was near #61 Camino de Las Huertas, Placitas on December 1. #4030

TWO DOGS: Husky types running around Petroglyph across from the Fire Station in Placitas on December 8. #4031

DOG: Black, male German Shepard mix with half tail. Left ear flops. Dog had collar and leash and was headed from Cedar Creek towards Camino de Las Huertas on December 20. #4032


Animal News

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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

“‘Vassar’ near the Animas headwaters at Silverton, Colorado. Like he really thinks I'm going to throw the stick into the raging rocky river; nope, not here. In a field of dandelions, okay.” —Siobhan Hammack

Netherlands to ban wild animals in circuses

—Animal Defenders International

Signaling a sea change in public attitudes, the Netherlands has announced that it is to prohibit wild animals in circuses. The move comes just two days after Mexico passed a historic wild animal circus ban, which has been heralded as the beginning of the end for wild animals in circuses by Animal Defenders International (ADI). Thirty countries have now passed laws to nationally restrict the use of animals in traveling circuses.

ADI President Jan Creamer stated, “This is wonderful news from the Netherlands and Mexico this week. The use of animals in traveling circuses is cruel and outdated, and that is now recognized in legislation in thirty countries. Animal Defenders International hopes that this will be a wake up call to the US Government. We are seeing a worldwide change in what is considered acceptable to do to animals in the name of entertainment.”

Presented with evidence of the suffering circus animals endure behind the scenes—exposed by ADI in circuses across the US, Europe, and South America—members of the public are consistently choosing to avoid animal circus acts and governments around the world are taking action to eliminate the suffering. It is also now widely acknowledged that animal acts provide no educational or conservational benefit and that circuses can thrive without animal acts.

ADI previously rescued 29 lions and other animals as the organization helped enforce a ban on animals in circuses in Bolivia, which is the subject of multi-award winning film Lion Ark. ADI is now working with authorities in Peru and Colombia to enforce their bans on wild animals in circuses. To date, ADI has rescued thirty lions and many other animals as part of its current mission: Operation Spirit of Freedom.

Decorating trees in the woods is littering and bad for animals

—Karen Takai, Sandia Ranger District

Over the last twenty years, the spirit of the holidays has captured our visitors to celebrate by decorating the trees in the National Forest with tinsel, garland, and edible decorations.

Decorating trees is a wonderful tradition, and we understand the public’s desire to celebrate the holidays. But decorations are being left as trash for the wildlife to eat, which can cause serious health problems for them. Edible items may also cause problems as they are not part of the natural diet of New Mexico fauna. Please be advised that there are prohibitions against littering or leaving food out on the Sandia Ranger District and Sandia Wilderness.

Individuals responsible will be issued violation notices under the Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR 261.11b for “possessing or leaving litter on the National Forest” with a fine of $150 dollars or more. We encourage the public to save feeding the birds or other animals on your own private property. Please enjoy our National Forests in their natural state.
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