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Dave Harper (right) and friendAnimal Hotline is a nonprofit community service for lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo
P. O. B. 812, Placitas, NM 87043
To report a lost or found animal, Call Dave Harper at 867-6135 or e-mail

People with pets for adoption or sale should place a Signpost classified ad or consider a $5 donation to the Animal Hotline to run the information in this column. Lost and found listings and doptions for found animals are run in the column for free.

For lost/found pets in Placitas and Bernalillo, call Dave Harper at 867-6135


CAT: Little grey female cat, lost from Dusty Trail in Placitas Trails end of September. Green eyes. #1840
CAT: Male, mostly white, cat, lost from north of the Village of Placitas. White with black mask. Very friendly. Lost October 10. #1845
CAT: Orange male tiger cat, about six years old, lost from Placitas West on October 15. #1848


TWO GEESE: One white and one grey/brown goose, found in Vista Montaña area of Placitas on about September 30. #1838 & 1839
CAT: Big medium-haired yellow cat with white paws, found in Cedar Creek, north of the Village of Placitas. First seen in September. #1841
DOG: Golden retriever, seen stray in Placitas Trails in early October. #1844
DOG: Reddish brown short haired dog, found in Sundance Mesa in western Placitas on October 11. About one year old, possibly Akita or part Chow, with curled tail. About sixty pounds. Friendly. #1835

Displaced cat, for adoption

Displaced cat, available for adoption


CAT: Beautiful eight-year-old white cat (photo above) available for adoption (the product of a divorce). He is living temporarily in a home with four dogs and another cat who doesn't like him. He is living in the cabinet under the sink because he is frightened of the other animals. He used to live alone with his master and was so affectionate and happy. He needs a home with no dogs and no aggressive cats. #1851 Please call 867-5979 if interested.

Animal News

Watermelon Ranch volunteers evacuate animals from New Orleans

We started out on our twenty-two-hour drive to Tylertown, Mississippi, with the Watermelon Mountain Ranch forty-foot trailer, to rescue pets from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. When we arrived, the humidity and heat absolutely overwhelmed me, along with a blanket of bugs.

Within a half hour of arrival we started to work. We just assumed duties without being directed, as there was plenty to do. It was time to pitch our tent, so we did that in the sweltering heat, and were promptly told Hurricane Rita was on her way in and we should all take our tents down. As the newest rookie volunteers to arrive, we decided to test the tent. At midnight we ran into a shelter with our sleeping bags and pillow and found a place to rest our heads.

The dogs and cats and all the other animals were kept in cages with tarps coverings for shade. Some pets were so sick they could not even stand. It was so hot we had to gently spray the animals with water to cool them off. The dogs seemed so grateful for a loving hand to pet them, to lick a face, to have a new donated toy and the best donated dog food I have ever seen.

Before WMR arrived, the Best Friends group was rescuing three to four animals at a time for transport, and once our trailer arrived we were able to transport fifty to sixty animals every day out of New Orleans. An entire load (120 animals) was transferred to the Continental plane in Baton Rouge that flew the animals to safety to another state.

It was emotional, overwhelming at times, sad, joyful, enriching, life-changing, and I want to continue to do Pet Rescue in the future. My thanks will never be enough to the owners of Watermelon Mountain Ranch, Lee and Sophia DiClemente, for sending us there and supporting us as they have.





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