Animal Shelter Report: Week of Aug. 11

Friends of the Shelter Dog Kissing Booth and Mobile Adoption Center at Saturday’s Los Alamos County Fair. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, (505) 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets available.

Be sure to check out the website at, for information about volunteering, adopting and donating, and read about popular animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care. Also check out the Petfinder page for photos and to learn more about all of the adoptable pets at the shelter.

All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.


Onyx – This 7-month-old pit mix is currently 55 pounds and should mature to about 80 pounds. He is housebroken, good off-leash, likes to play with other dogs, ADORES kids, and even does well with cats. He still has some adolescent energy to burn off (which means lots of walks for this guy), but his foster mom thinks that he will mature into a medium energy dog, which would make him a great family dog. Call (505) 433-8617 to meet Onyx.

Randy – Talk about a perfect dog. A volunteer recently took this 10-month-old German/Australian Shepherd mix to the radio station, and she described him as “an awesome dog that would make a great hiking, biking, running and riding companion. He is intelligent, responsive, outgoing and interested in everything.” He has lots of energy.

Charlie – This-18-month old yellow and white German Shepherd cross was surrendered when her family moved away and couldn’t take her along. Her two favorite things are hiking and sniffing, and she’s hoping that a new family will come along to give her a home and lots of exercise. She will be available for adoption starting Tuesday, Aug. 13.

Sheila – This friendly two-year-old tan female is housebroken, crate trained, has some obedience training, and loves to play and go for hikes. She behaves nicely on a leash and in a car. Sheila wants adult companionship, because children frighten her. She also needs a good fence for those times alone, so she doesn’t exercise her climbing, excavation or agility jumping skills. For a personalized introduction to this sweet dog, call her sponsor at (505) 231-1744.

Mildred – This 18-month-old spayed female Lab cross is the ideal family pet. She is a mild-mannered dog that gets along well with other dogs, as well as adults, children, and even cats. Unfortunately, it was just discovered that Mildred has heartworms. This 100 percent treatable illness means that Mildred must be kept calm with very minimal exercise while she is undergoing treatment. She is still available for adoption, and the shelter staff would love for her to find a home where she can recover instead of being cooped up in the shelter.

Dallas – This spayed female Belgian Malinois cross is about one year old.  She came into the shelter very frightened, but she has made great progress with the work of shelter volunteers. In fact, she recently went to the dog park and played for over an hour with a chocolate lab that was there! She is still a little scared of new people, and would probably be best in a home without children. A dog friend might be okay after a slow introduction.

Reggie – This 18-month-old Border Collie mix would love a dog friend to play with. With patience and consistency, Reggie has really blossomed at the shelter, and his goofy, gangly legs make the volunteers laugh. A dog friend would really help him settle in to his new home. Reggie has been patiently waiting many months for his new home, and has his paws crossed that someone falls in love with him soon.


Tabby – Tabby is one BIG cat. This 17-pound orange and white Maine Coon cross would love a new home. He is the current cat room greeter, and takes his job seriously. He can sometimes be a bit snippy with the shelter volunteers, so we thought he might not be a good choice for homes with small children, but his last home reported that he did wonderfully with their six-month-old child, and he seems to perk up when kids are in the room. He doesn’t enjoy being picked up though, so very small children are not recommended. His confidence also makes him well-suited for homes with cat-savvy dogs.

Darcie – This long-haired tortoiseshell is finally starting to come out of her shell. She was surrendered with a few other feline friends when their owner went to assisted living, and Darcie just needs a little more time to adjust. For a while she was hiding under the kennels, but she has finally decided that the carpeted cat tower isn’t so bad, as long as she gets the spot on top where she can keep an eye on everyone else. She cowers a bit when approached, but quickly warms up when petted. Sometimes she’ll even roll over and show off her back feet – one black and one is white.

Bennet – An eight-year-old female Siamese/Tabby mix, Bennet has the beautiful blue Siamese eyes, but doesn’t seem to have the loud Siamese voice. She is still getting used to her new living arrangements, but will approach people for pets who sit on the floor and give her time to approach. She has lived indoors her whole life, and would like to keep it that way.

Firefly – This sweet tabby kitten was found roaming at the La Mesa trailer park. She’s happy to be somewhere safe, and is slowly warming up to shelter staff and volunteers. She will be going to the vet next week to be spayed, and then she’ll be ready for her new home.

Owl – Owl is a two-year-old female calico that is very bonded to her friend Sarabi. She is a bit shy of new people, but quickly warms up. She is reported to do well with adults, older kids and other cats. She would love to find a new home with her buddy Sarabi. Both Owl and Sarabi (see below) have been trained to use a scratching post rather than furniture, so be sure to provide some scratching posts for them.

Sarabi – A two year old gray and white female, Sarabi is very bonded to her friend Owl. She is a bit more outgoing than Owl and would love to find a new home with her buddy Owl.

Because Owl and Sarabi are so bonded, the Shelter is offering a two for one adoption fee to make sure these kittens can go to a new home together.

Shyanne IN FOSTER CARE – call (505) 412-0700 – This very pretty four-year-old spayed female Siamese mix is looking for a quiet home where she can be the only pet. Her family is very sad to part with her, but the stress of sharing a home with other cats has affected her health. Shyanne’s veterinary care is up to date, and she needs insulin twice a day. A less active home will probably make her diabetes easier to manage.


At the time of the writing of the shelter report, the only roamer is a very scared gray cat. Anyone missing a cat or dog should stop by or call the shelter to see if their pet has been dropped off.

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