Sandoval Signpost


An independent monthly newspaper serving the community since 1988

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).



Cat: Eight-year-old female Tabby with long brown, black, grey, and blonde hair. “Luna” is spayed, no collar or tags. She is new to the Placitas area and is timid and cautious, so probably won’t be inclined to go up to people. Lost August 1 from Windmill Trail area (off Camino de Las Huertas) in Placitas. #4108 (See picture to right.)

“If you see me, call the Animal Hotline.”


Cat:  Female, long-hair black and white. Appeared around June off Tecolote and Highway 165 in Placitas. She does great with dogs and people. #4109


Two dogs: Akita with Denver Broncos collar and rabies tag from Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Seen August 3 off of Camino de la Rosa Castilla in Placitas. #4107


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

New camera, Lalo! "Iron Bird and Rufus Bird!"
—Michael Sare, Placitas

Lalo—I just found out this year that we even had “Calliopes.” I always thought we only had Broad-Tailed, Black-Chinned, and Rufouses. Nice to know we have a fourth breed of hummingbird.
—Todd Rennecker, Placitas

Hey, Lalo, I found this little guy on the floor in our garage. After some advice from my bird guru, Steve McKibben, I was actually able to feed him with sugar water on a Q-tip. After about an hour and a half, he started looking better. I lifted him from the box, and he flew away. So jazzed that I was able to save this wondrous little gift.
—Andi Callahan, Placitas

Animal Celebration Fiesta

On September 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Rotary Park Pavilion in Bernalillo, there will be a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, as well as some fun animal events. New Mexico People Animal Welfare Society is collaborating with the Town of Bernalillo to offer this event. Spay and neuter space is limited, so make your reservations early. To apply, call 813-504-2921 (English), or 903-8214 (Spanish). Grants are available for low-income families.

Animal events and services include low-cost vaccinations, microchips, pet id tags, games and contests for kids, raffles, and cat-and-dog adoptions, featuring local rescue organizations. For more information, call Myra at 270-1189.

Pooch Plunge and pet adoption

—Annemarie L. García

The Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department’s annual Pooch Plunge event will take place on September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Haynes Pool, 2006 Grande Boulevard. The event is a day of swimming exclusively for dogs, and is the final activity held at the pool before closing for the season. All dogs must be current on vaccinations, have a copy of the vaccination records, accompanied by an adult, and have a collar and leash to and from the pool. All dog owners and spectators may go ankle deep in the water only (no swimming).

The cost to take part in the event is five dollars for the first dog, ten dollars for two dogs, $12 dollars for three dogs, and $16 dollars for four or more dogs. Payment (cash or check only) will be accepted the day of the event at Haynes Pool.

Also taking place at the adjacent Haynes Park during the Pooch Plunge is an animal adoption event and donation drive for animal shelters coordinated by Pet Food Gone Wild. The event will feature different adoption organizations as well as music, refreshments, fun jumps for children, and prize raffles. Recommended donation items include pet food, cat litter, gently used blankets, towels, newspaper, paper towels, and clean toys. For questions about either event, call 891-5015.

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