Sandoval Signpost

An Independent Monthly Newspaper Serving the Community since 1988

Dave Harper

If you lose or find an animal in Placitas (and the surrounding area)
please call the ANIMAL HOTLINE! 867-6135
The Hotline is a non-profit service to help reunite lost & found pets.
Placing a Lost or Found in the Animal Hotline is a FREE Service.
(You can even include a photo!) Call Dave & January at 867-6135.

You can also email the Animal Hotline at,
but call also!



DOG: Husky, black & white male dog found near the 5 mile marker of Highway 165 in Placitas on March 28th. #3588

DOG: Cocker Spaniel, elderly dog found on Highway 165 in Placitas near the library. Male dog with light blue collar with a tag with foreign writing. #3595 (See photo below)

Lost Dog


CAT: Orange tabby spotted in the north part of Ranchos de Placitas (Cienega Canyon Rd) on April 5th. #3589.

CAT: Black/grey Cat with white vest seen stray the April 24-26th just west of the Village of Placitas off Camino de la Buena Vista (east of the Overlook). #3596

Animal News


Bosque's Pet Prints

“Ruff! Look at me now—
A Section!!!”


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

Raskley Easter rabbit... stay away from my Easter eggs... I know you are around here somewhere.
Photo By Jerry Rodriguez


I believe it is a ferret or weasel. It hisses, growls, chirps, and SCREAMS! And yes, I let it go after a few pictures. Photo By Joe Bell

Watermelon Mountain Ranch

WMR has opened Going to the Dogs (and Cats) Adoption Center and Resale Shop, located at 4405 Jager Dr. NE in Rio Rancho, near the corner of NM 528 and U.S. 550.

Watermelon Mountain Ranch expands to serve the growing community

—Michael Howland-Davis, Public Affairs Director, WMR

Watermelon Mountain Ranch (WMR) is expanding by leaps and bounds. Home Depot in Rio Rancho generously awarded WMR a $7,000 construction grant and sent 25 volunteers to the ranch last week to expand the dog runs in the ranch’s primary canine cottage and to begin construction on Lee’s Older Pet Retirement Village—a special place for older pets to live and play while they wait on a home of their own. The facilities will have multiple canine and feline cottages and fenced and covered runs where older pets can live and play or lounge in comfort until they find a perfect home.

“This was a dream of my late husband,” Sophia DiClemente, president of WMR, said. “It can be difficult finding homes for these wonderful older animals when they are compared side-by-side with younger ones. Often, their personality doesn’t really come out until they are with their peers. Also, placing older cats and dogs with older cats and dogs creates a place that is far more calming for them. I only wish Lee could be here to see this.”

DiClemente also said that 2011 has been very busy for the ranch, with animal rescues taking place as far away as Taos and Las Cruces.

“In January, we were featured on Animal Planet’s Confessions: Animal Hoarding, rescuing Golden Retriever crosses, and our animal rescue work hasn’t slowed down a bit,” she said.

Meanwhile, after months of planning, construction, and stocking up on quality merchandise, WMR has opened Going to the Dogs (and Cats) Adoption Center and Resale Shop, located at 4405 Jager Dr. NE in Rio Rancho, near the corner of NM 528 and U.S. 550. This is the first retail adoption site for an animal shelter in Rio Rancho.

The adoption center is in the old Petland site, and WMR has upgraded the old store’s kennels and kitten cubes in order to take pets out of animal shelters and find them forever homes.

However, the new adoption center isn’t the only place to get a great dog or cat. On April 29, 30, and May 1, WMR is partnering with 13 other animal welfare organizations from throughout New Mexico to host PetSmart Charities’ National Adoption Weekend. The event will take place in the parking lot at the PetSmart in the Cottonwood Mall area (10248 Coors Bypass NW).

“Watermelon Mountain Ranch believes that for every pet, there is a forever home. By teaming up with neighboring animal welfare groups, we can and will impact pet overpopulation in New Mexico,” said DiClemente. “Once again, we are asking the people of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities to open their homes and their hearts to a homeless pet.” 

Watermelon Mountain Ranch is a nonprofit organization and New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter. It was established in 1996 to create a safe place for homeless, abandoned, and abused pets. It is a pet placement organization that is made up of many volunteers and a small paid staff to care for our animals daily. Visit

Animal Humane of NM




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