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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).

Summer is upon us, which means cookouts, pop-up thunderstorms, and fireworks. Everyone loves to enjoy this time of year, but please be aware of the stress and anxiety that can befall your four-legged friends. The noise can cause them to jump fences, burst through windows, and run at the first opening they get. Be sure that your pet has current tags with owner name, phone number, and another number for a local contact. If your animal is an indoor animal only, it is a great idea to put “If I am outside, I am lost; please help me home!” or if they have a medical condition, “I need meds everyday; if I am outside, please call my family!”


Dog: Female, spayed Husky. "Nollie" was wearing a pink harness. Lost near Sandia Man Cave on June 13. #4104


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! My name is “Luna” and I live with my two-legged mama Micha Rinaldi in the beautiful bosque of Bernalillo. I love swimming, hiking, playing fetch with pretty much anything, & I love watermelon!!!

Orioles visit! —Michael Sare, Placitas

A young buck in my yard.—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

Bunny in flight!   —Todd Rennecker, Placitas

NMLB advises horse owners to vaccinate against West Nile virus

—Dr. Alexandra Eckhoff, DVM

As mosquito season approaches, the New Mexico Livestock Board is encouraging horse owners across the state to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus (WNV).

According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, horses represent 96.9 percent of all reported non-human cases of West Nile virus in mammals. Symptoms include fever, lack of coordination, difficulty or inability to rise, drooping lips, weakness, muscle twitching, and sensitivity to sound and/or touch. Approximately one-third of horses affected can die from the virus, and those that survive may have permanent neurological damage.

The virus is carried by many different mosquito species, which transmit it from infected birds to horses, humans, and other mammals. It is not transmissible from horse to horse or from horse to human. Both horses and humans are dead-end hosts for WNV, meaning they cannot pass the virus on to other biting mosquitoes.

For more information, visit

ASPCA responders help animals displaced by devastating Dog Head Fire in New Mexico

At the request of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrived in Albuquerque to help shelter and care for the nearly five hundred animals displaced by the devastating “Dog Head Fire” in New Mexico’s Manzano Mountains. 

Hundreds of evacuated animals are being cared for at three locations in Bernalillo and Torrence County: Los Vecinos Community Center; Bernalillo County Animal Shelter; and Torrence County Estancia Emergency Animal Shelter. ASPCA responders have been dispatched to all three locations to support local agencies with shelter operations and daily care. 

The fire, which began June 14, has ravaged nearly 18,000 acres, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands to evacuate.

“As evacuation orders ease, we’re seeing more and more people come in to pick up their pets and return home,” said Dr. Dick Green, senior director of ASPCA Disaster Response. “Our hope is that this continues as the fire dies down and that all these animals can be reunited with their owners soon. This fire has been nightmarish for the families in its path—we’re glad we could provide some relief for evacuees by caring for their animals during this traumatic time.”

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters around the country, including the 2015 fires in Lake County, California; Hurricane Sandy in 2012; and the Joplin tornado in 2011.

The ASPCA has created a mobile app that allows users to store critical pet records required to board pets at evacuation shelters, provides customized steps to search for lost pets, and includes a check-list of actions to take before, during and after a disaster. Additional disaster preparedness tips for pet owners can be found at

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