The Santa Fe Animal Shelter will celebrate its 80th anniversary Sunday, June 30, with a community birthday party and concert.
The Santa Fe shelter’s “Birthday Bash” will include a free live performance from Felix y Los Gatos, free nail trims and low-cost vaccines for dogs, as well as plenty of food trucks, vendors, drinks from Santa Fe Spirits and of course, birthday cake!
“The community built and supported us for eight decades, so this is our way to say thank you,” said Murad Kirdar, the public relations officer of the shelter.
The shelter which is celebrating its 80th year of helping animals in northern New Mexico announced last year that they were officially a no-kill shelter, according to industry standards.
One of only 3 in New Mexico, the Santa Fe shelter has helped save over 5,000 animals in 2018 and has over a dozen community programs.
The birthday festivities will begin with a fun walk/run around the shelters public dog parks. A registration fee is required and will fund the upkeep of the park.
The shelter’s mission of supporting animals, saving lives, and spreading compassion have remained a fixture for decades by the privately-owned, not-for-profit shelter.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter along with Corrales and Raton are the only no-kill shelters in the state in New Mexico, according to Best Friends Animal Society, which requires a 90% live release rate to clarify as a no-kill shelter. The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has consistently held around 95% for the past five years.