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).


Two dogs: Terrier-Doxie-Mix, roughly twenty pounds, and a black-and-white long-haired dog. No collars. Last seen March 29, near Aqua Scarca and Tierre Madre in Placitas. #4033


Cat: Two-to-three-month-old grey long-haired female. Cat found April 2 and taken to Animal Humane in Rio Rancho. #4034


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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 and all my Placitas Friends! I'm “India,” coming to you from the University of Oklahoma, where I've just helped my mom, Emily, graduate. And now we're heading off to Colorado where I'm going to help Mom navigate grad school. —Sent by Lynn Rounds, Placitas (India's grandma & Emily's mom)

Hi Lalo,I would like to share these images of bobcats taken in our front courtyard a month or so ago. (They are two different cats.) —Linda Hughes, Placitas

Straight to the Horses Mouth fosters horses

~Karen Cox, STTHM

Straight to the Horses Mouth (STTHM) is a group of Placitas neighbors dedicated to caring for a band of eleven horses that used to roam freely in Placitas, but were rounded up and chipped. All members are volunteers and accept no remuneration. Their horses are in a large fenced enclosure with shelter, water, food, and fresh pastures. They receive regular veterinary care and this year, all of the females have had the first round of PZP, a safe form of birth control. All of the horses are people-friendly. The youngest are being trained to a halter and blanket “saddle.”

Straight to the Horses Mouth is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and one hundred percent of donations go to the care of the horses. Find them at Placitas Appreciation Day or at the Library’s Flea Market every fourth Saturday, May through October, where they will have a new line of T-shirts, stick horses, and other wonderful benefit items to sell. For more information, or if you wish to make a donation, go to

Time to be bear aware

~Signpost Staff

Males and young, independent bears are emerging from hibernation this time of year to forage and seek territory of their own, according to Rick Winslow, bear and cougar biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Sows with cubs will follow in May, and cubs born last winter, that spent this winter with their mothers, will soon be setting out on their own, as their mothers seek to breed again.

For information about living with bears in New Mexico, visit and consult the publication Living with Large Predators.

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