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).


If you see me, call the Hotline.

CAT: White, long-haired cat lost from Anasazi Trails (western Placitas) off Anasazi Trails Loop on about June 13. "Sweetie" has mostly white, long hair and was recently groomed in a lion cut. She is a spayed female who is very, very friendly. She is microchipped and is nearly all white with a couple of black and brown spots. #3999


DOG: Large, male pit bull found in Algodones on June 16. #3400


TURTLE/TORTOISE: 12-18" long tortoise seen north of the Village of Placitas (near the end of Camino de las Huertas) in early June. #3997

DOG: Little puppy seen stray in the Village of Placitas on Paseo de San Antonio near Camino los Altos on June 1. #3996

CAT: Yellow/Orange cat spotted on about June 11 in Ranchos de Placitas near Arroyo Venada and Tejon Canyon Rd. #3998


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

Lalo—Our wonderful friend "Moose." —Don & Mary, Bernalillo

“Chloe of the Books” —Gary Priester, Placitas

Hi, Lalo, Here is a photo of my kitten Marco Polo who jumped on the kitchen counter and stole a strawberry from a bowl. He held onto the strawberry for quite a while and didn't want to give it up. He's only ten months old, but weighs ten pounds already. We got him from the New Mexico Humane Society and now has a  "forever home" with my husband and me. —Pat Sporn of Placitas

Heat wave alert: protect your pets from heat stroke

Our pets are not equipped to manage extreme summer heat. Animal Humane New Mexico cautions pet owners to ensure their pets are protected from the high temperatures this summer. Executive Director Peggy Weigle said, “Every year, many family pets die from heat stroke. The reality is that this is an entirely preventable tragedy.”

Avoid dehydration by always having fresh, clean water available and lots of shady places where pets can cool off. If you are unsure there will be water available at a park or on your walk, carry it with you with a collapsible bowl. When the weather’s extremely hot, keep your pets indoors.

Limit exercise to either early morning or late evening and do not over-exercise your pet. Before starting your walk, give the sidewalk a test with the palm of your hand. If it’s too hot to touch, it can burn your pet’s footpads and should be avoided.

Keep pets primarily indoors and give them access to air-conditioned areas of your home. For animals who must remain outside, provide a shady sheltered place to rest and lots of fresh water in stable containers.

Never leave an animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time—even with the windows open—leading to fatal heat stroke within minutes. If you see a pet locked in a car, attempt to find the owner, call 911 or your local Animal control, and monitor the pet’s condition if possible.

Watch out for the following symptoms of overheating: excessive panting or difficulty breathing, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Contact a veterinarian right away if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke.

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