Sandoval Signpost


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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).


If you see this dog, call the Animal Hotline.


Dog: Male Chihuahua, black with tan. He is very small and friendly. Last seen on February 13 in yard on Camino Don Tomas in Bernalillo. #4085. (See picture above.)


Cat: White with grey spots and a grey tail, medium-to-long hair, appeared to weigh seven to ten pounds. Seen February 2 southeast of the Village of Placitas near Villas de las Huertas Subdivision. #4084


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

A Red-tailed Hawk attacks a bone in my Placitas backyard.—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

First time we’ve seen this wizard in our bird spa! It’s a MERLIN !  —Michael Sare, Placitas

“Kai” is raring to go. Can not wait to play.—Sue Williams, Rio Rancho

Rio Rancho presents its annual Eggs n’   Beggin’ Dog Parade and costume contest

—Annemarie L. García

The City of Rio Rancho’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department will hold the Eggs n’ Beggin’ Dog Parade and costume contest on March 19, at the Cabezon Recreation Center, 2307 Cabezon Boulevard. Parks and Recreation has partnered with Rio Rancho Animal Control, Pet Food Gone Wild, and various other rescue groups for a spectacular event. Have your pet’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny and don’t forget to bring their Easter basket for the Easter Egg Hunt. Dress up your pet in their Easter best and participate in the pet parade and costume contest.

Entry fee into the parade and costume contest is an unopened bag of dog/cat food, or four cans of dog/cat food, or a bag of cat litter.

Festivities will officially kick off at 10:00 a.m., including registration for both the parade and costume contest. The parade starts at noon.

Proof of vaccinations must be provided as part of the event registration process, and dogs must be on a leash with a collar during the events. Animal participants are subject to the approval of city staff, which will assess appropriateness, temperament, and health.

Call 892-2915 with any questions about the dog parade or costume contest.

4-H offers day camp

Thinking about joining 4-H? Is 4-H right for you? What is 4-H? Come explore, discover and learn about the 4-H experience available to you and have fun in the process. A number of educational activities will be offered in animal science, foods and nutrition, science and technology, and arts and crafts. The goal is to improve the camper’s life skills in areas such as self-esteem, cooperation, self-motivation, teamwork, and decision-making. This camp will include many traditional 4-H activities to make camp fun, safe, and exciting.

Camp will be held at the Sandoval County Extension Office, inside the Court House in Bernalillo, on March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Camp is open to any youth, eight to 18 years of age. 4-H membership is not required to attend. The cost is ten dollars, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Sandoval County Cooperative Extension Office by March 15 at 867-2582 or to register.

Gardening classes offered: Watering to Worms

—Lynda Garvin

The Sandoval Master Gardeners are presenting two class series to help Homeowners meet the challenges of high desert gardening. A variety of topics, from watering to worm composting, will cover a wide array of local gardening issues and tips for growing plants in a desert environment.

The Urban Horticulture class series will be on the third Wednesday of the month, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These classes are free and open to the public. Registration is preferred.

The Southwest Gardener class series will be on Saturdays, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Classes are open to the public and cost five dollars per class at the door. Registration is preferred.

All classes will be held at the Sandoval County Extension office, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. Complete classes information and registration are available at


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