Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

Dave Harper

The Hotline is a nonprofit service to help reunite lost and found pets.
Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a free service. You can include a photo if you have one available. For more information, call Dave at 867-6135. You may also email the Hotline at, but please call first.


A handful of wild horses continue to be seen occasionally along Highway 165 past the Village of Placitas, so please drive carefully on Highway 165 and Camino del Tecolote and heading up the canyon.


available for adoption

CAT: Orange & white tabby, male cat needs a good home. 8 years old, very sweet. He wants to be the only cat in the house. He was found in Placitas last year. #3449 (See photo upper left corner)


BULL: Big, black bull found about 3 miles north of the Village of Placitas on April 21. Need I say more? #3447



DOG: Male, pit bull terrier (Very sweet) lost from Osha Springs Rd, south of the Village of Placitas on April 15. Luigi is a very good dog who looks intimidating but is not. He is 2-3 years old, caramel in color with a little white on his chest. #3446


Animal News


Bosque's Pet Prints

“Ruff! Turkeys everywhere!
What a tease.”


Mail your favorite pet photos,
along with a caption and photo credit to:
Signpost, P. O. Box 889,
Placitas, NM 87043 or
email digital photos to

Placitas Wild Turkey

“A Placitas Wild Turkey.” Photo By Joseph Bell


“Bob,” a curious baby turkey. Photo By Jesse Varoz


Sioux says, “are you coming?”


Prince soaking up the sun. Photos By Amy Gloman

Close encounters of the successful kind

Along with showers, flowers, and warmer temperatures, Spring sometimes brings close encounters with baby animals exploring their big new world. Here’s what to do if you spot a baby animal:

  • Wait and watch. According to wildlife experts, 75 percent of “rescued” wild baby animals do not need help. More often than not their parents are usually nearby.
  • Baby birds with a half-inch or more of tail feathers are good to go. Unless they’re in obvious danger, don’t put them back in the nest—they will only hop out again. If necessary, place the bird on the lowest limb of a small tree or shrub.
    If the baby is featherless, gently put him back in his nest. (It’s a myth that your scent will keep his parents away.) Can’t reach the nest? Improvise. Make one from a berry basket, kitchen strainer, or small plastic container with holes punched in the bottom. Line it with shredded tissue, and hang it in a sheltered spot near the original nest.\
  • Never try to tame baby animals or keep them as “pets.” It’s against the law in most places and unfair to the animal, who needs to be with and learn from others of his own kind.
    If you see any baby animal whose mother has been killed, call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. The Signpost suggests calling local resident and wildlife rehabilitator Linda Perini at 867-8317.



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