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Santa Claws Holiday Pet Photos Dress your pets up in their holiday finest — it’s time for photos with Santa Claws! All well-behaved pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, bunnies, reptiles, pigs, chickens, goats, etc.) and humans are welcome to attend. Digital photos are $10 and all proceeds benefit F.A.T. Katz.

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Join us for holiday photos and make sure Santa knows you are on the nice list! All wellbehaved pets (dogs, cats, ferrets, bunnies, reptiles, pigs, chickens, goats, etc.) and humans are welcome to attend. Digital photos are $10 and all proceeds benefit Babes and Bullies.

Nov. 16th - 17th (Sat - Sun, 1 pm): Furry Burque Film Festival Boofy’s proudly presents the 2nd Annual Furry Burque Film Festival, showcasing short films about our furry friends! The festival is a benefit for Second Chance Animal Rescue, and screenings take place at the Guild Cinema. www.FurryBurqueFilmFestival.com

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www.YourPetNM.com November 2019 At Your Pet Magazine our mission is to be the Pet owner’s guide to information regarding events, lifestyles, trends, and wellness throughout the Albuquerque metro, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe areas. Your Pet Magazine is a free publication. Publisher David Lansa

Meet Latte!

Latte has a story to tell. He was found in a apartment located in Southern New Mexico, abandoned, lonely and hungry. Taken into care, Latte was able to find a foster home shortly after that. During that time he was brutally attacked by coyotes, fortunately the dogs he lived with, scared off the coyotes. He survived and was taken into care by Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue. The loving people at Enchantment took care of his wounds, naturally, cleaning and swabbing raw honey 4 times a day, nurturing him back to health with love and affection. Fast forward to today and Latte is 7 years old and is a very sweet dog, he gets along great with other dogs, is very quiet and loves to go for daily walks. He enjoys soft toys and loves to be brushed and petted. Right now, he is looking for a loving home, someone or some family that is ready to treat this loyal lovable dog with kindness. He may have scares from close encounters, however, once you stare into his eyes you will see that his heart is true and he is ready to give you unconditional love. If you are interested in adopting Lattte, please contact:

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Thanks to you…. We are thankful for you and your love of animals. We know that you picked up this magazine because you love animals just like us and want to see them happy and healthy. Thanks to you, many of the pet food retail stores you visit are able to support rescues and donate food. Did you know that some shelters, like Valencia County Animal Shelter, rely on these donations to feed the overwhelming number of pets in their care? Thanks to you, many of our states unwanted pets have a safe home because you adopt or support our local shelters and rescues with your generous time or money. Did you know that there are 100,000 dogs and cats without homes each year in New Mexico? That’s a lot of dogs and cats to find homes for and many trips and miles made by volunteers and shelter workers to get them to states like Colorado where they don’t have our problem. It’s a lot of fundraising needed. It’s exhausting and sad, because even with all this effort, still upwards of 20,000+ do not find homes. As you can see there’s a whole economy built around saving other people’s discarded pets. What if we didn’t have to do this? What if shelter employees, rescue workers or just people looking to adopt, didn’t feel as much pressure to save one more life? What if not every animal in the shelter was given up willingly? Could that even be possible? 


We believe it is possible for there to be no unwanted pets in New Mexico. That’s right, none. The greatest and quickest impact can be made is though increased access to low-cost spay/neuter services. So this is where we, a group of five ladies who started about six years ago, with an idea that we could make a difference. 
 We started the Spay-Neuter Coalition of New Mexico, a nonprofit/501C3, to help out in a county adjacent to Albuquerque where the dog and cat overpopulation is out of control and where many animals at the time did not have a chance. That’s Valencia County, which makes up the towns of Los Lunas, Belen, Bosque Farms, Isleta and Peralta. To date, we have donated back over $60,000 to low-cost spay and neuter services for lowincome residents. We’d like to do more, the need is absolutely there. And we’d like to expand out of Valencia County. Won’t you check us out, and maybe join us in making this change? Like us on Facebook at the Spay-Neuter Coalition of New Mexico and sign up for our email list on our website spayneuternm.org to get more great articles like this one. We wanted to let you know how grateful we are for the support you give to helping make our state a kinder place for animals. Together we can do this!


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Please, consider the alternatives to this grisly and unoccupied—allowing it to get the necessary mental stimulation and opt for surgery. Please, consider the alternatives to this grisly and unthem. It lets the pet owner set up regular payments & Friends as the beneficiary “payable on death” is occupied—allowing it to get the necessary mental stimulation and necessary operation. As mentioned, make sure there are appropriate the exercise it needs. necessary operation. an As mentioned, make suretothere are appropriate to the chosen caregiver that cover the diagonal expenses inexpensive option provide for your the exercise it needs. vertical, and horizontal scratching options in your house;feline vertical, diagonal and horizontal scratching options in your house; of taking care of the pets. 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New Mexico cat at great risk for all sorts of behavioral issues, family lifelongmember bad habits, cat at great risk for all sorts of behavioral issues, lifelong bad habits, The ideal scratching post should be sisal and not carpet; sturdy, as chronic pain and possible ambulatory issues or disfigurement. upon the owner’s death or incapacity, doing so can The ideal scratching post should be sisal and not carpet; sturdy, as chronic pain and possible ambulatory issues or disfigurement. won’t wobbly cat furniture; and at least 28” to 30” high so place an undue burden. Anothercats option is touse select cats won’t use wobbly cat furniture; and at least 28” to 30” high so Specifically, removing their claws can actually prevent your cat from they can fully stretch spine when scratching. a rescueprevent organization to from take possession offully thestretch pet their Specifically, removing their claws can actually your cat they can their spine when scratching.

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