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Summer 2012 P Peetrroglyp By Bobbi Valentine Heller

Felines & Friends New Mexico recently celebrated 10 years of service in Northern New Mexico. Felines & Friends New Mexico started with a handful of volunteers setting up mobile adoptions at Petco in Santa Fe, as well as other locations around town.


time, we set up small adoption area at Petco where cats lived a week at a time before re- turning to their foster homes. We now have a spacious Adoption Center at Petco that af- fords us a safe area for cats to be exercised daily and for potential adopters to spend time getting to know them. Last year we had a new logo designed that embodies the spirit of New Mexico.

The focus of Felines & Friends New Mexico has changed since our formation.

At the

beginning we accepted cats - both strays and surrenders - from the public. However, we soon learned the stray cats had a better chance of being reunited with their owners

if they were taken to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.

In addition, there was a need for us to accept cats who might not fi nd homes through the Santa Fe or Española shelters. Now we generally advise owners with young, healthy, well-adjusted cats to take them to the Santa Fe shelter for placement. This allows us to help special needs cats who probably would not be adopted at the shelter.

Since our mission has become focused on second chance cats, our volunteer base has grown to over 60, many of whom are foster homes.

One of the joys of fostering special needs cats is experiencing their remarkable resil- ience. Jonathan came to us a number of years ago as a young cat with no eyes.


eye infection had apparently gone untreated and destroyed his eyes as well as his optic

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nerves so he didn’t even see light and shad- ow. We had the cavities cleaned out, packed and sewn up at Sangre de Cristo Animal Hos- pital. My husband and I fostered him at our home during his recovery period and were amazed that he “mapped” every room in the house by running his whiskers along the walls and furniture. He even learned where the places with one or two steps up and down were located and could navigate them well. He ultimately found a loving home with a family who had a visually impaired dog and (continued on page RG-14)


This is the eighth year for the PETroglyphs’ ‘YOU

OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES’ Photo Contest. The theme of this year’s contest is “Don’t Try This At Home.” We’ve all seen our animals twist themselves into impossible shapes in their sleep or at play. Or they might be stuck in a place where they don’t belong like a Christmas tree or a cabinet. We want you to share some of those photos with us this year. The judges look forward to seeing what you send in and how your animals will amaze us.

This year’s winning photo receives a grand prize and will grace the cover of the PETroglyphs Winter issue. Second and third place photos receive prizes and have their picture on the cover of the New Mexico Animal Lovers’ Resource Guide section of PETroglyphs. Honor- able mentions will be featured on PETroglyphs’ inside pages. The top photos will be published on our website

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Email your favorite jpg’s (250 KB - 1 MB) to petro- or snail mail your photo to PETroglyphs, Attn: Nancy Marano, 7601 Vista del Arroyo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109. Please include the pho- tographer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail and pet’s name with your entries. Send clear, sharp photos. Photos under 250KB will not be considered. One submission per family. The photos will not be returned unless you include a SASE. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2012. Judges decisions are fi nal. To take perfect pet photos check our “Pet Photo Tips” article at

While we don’t charge an entry fee for the contest, a donation to PETroglyphs would be greatly appreciated. Your donations keep us publishing.

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