Shel­ter helps re­hab an­i­mals

Santa Fe New Mexican - - PAWS -

The Santa Fe An­i­mal Shel­ter & Hu­mane So­ci­ety is one of a few an­i­mal shel­ters that re­ha­bil­i­tate an­i­mals who are scared, fear­ful and shy to­ward peo­ple.

That was the case with Kona, a 4-month-old Aus­tralian cattle dog, who ar­rived at the shel­ter this sum­mer. She hid in the back of the ken­nel, mak­ing low growls, show­ing teeth and bark­ing as staff ap­proached her. The shel­ter’s be­hav­ior team, which spe­cial­izes in help­ing an­i­mals over­come fear, knew that Kona needed ex­tra time, pa­tience and love.

Over the next two months, Kona made in­cred­i­ble progress and soon made her way to the adop­tion floor, and that is where Santa Fe res­i­dent Mara Bren­ner met the puppy.

“I picked Kona be­cause I love blue heel­ers and she was the per­fect size for my home,” Bren­ner said. “She was sweet, lov­ing and came run­ning to me. Clearly, the shel­ter staff had worked so hard with her to shift some of her fear.”

It’s been sev­eral weeks since Kona has been with Bren­ner, and she said it’s been quite an ad­just­ment for her, but the dog is adorable, smart and en­er­getic.

“It was quite an ad­just­ment be­cause Kona is my first dog. I’ve cared for many, many dogs over the years of friends and fam­ily, but this was my first, and a puppy as well. I had a sense of how it would be, but it was slightly more of an ad­just­ment than I ex­pected,” Bren­ner said. “And I was new to the ex­pe­ri­ence of train­ing a puppy, which felt over­whelm­ing at times. Kona is smart and catches on quickly, but the process felt daunt­ing to me the first week.”

Bren­ner and Kona fre­quent a dog park as Kona en­joys meet­ing new peo­ple and play­ing with other dogs. They have also en­rolled in one of the shel­ter’s on­line train­ing classes, which Bren­ner says is in­valu­able.

Bren­ner of­fers ad­vice to po­ten­tial adopters.

“If you are adopt­ing for the first time, I would sug­gest mak­ing sure you have a sup­port sys­tem. What made things shift for me is when my neigh­bor en­cour­aged me to do things with Kona that I was nervous about do­ing,” she said.

“Based on our walks in the neigh­bor­hood, I wasn’t sure how she’d do at the dog park, if she’d come back to me when called and how she would be around other dogs and peo­ple,” Bren­ner added. “With my neigh­bors sup­port, we’ve had daily suc­cess­ful dog park trips, a hike and back­yard play­dates.”


Santa Fe An­i­mal Shel­ter & Hu­mane So­ci­ety: Wy­att is a 4-year-old hand­some dog who weighs about 40 pounds. Wy­att is great with other dogs his size.

He is su­per sweet and even knows some com­mands in­clud­ing sit and shake.

Misty is a beau­ti­ful 2-year-old do­mes­tic short-haired kitty. She seeks af­fec­tion and pets.

These and other an­i­mals are avail­able for adop­tion from the Santa Fe an­i­mal shel­ter, 100 Caja del Rio Road. The shel­ter’s adop­tion hours dur­ing the pan­demic are by ap­point­ment from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 505-983-4309, ext. 1610, to sched­ule an ap­point­ment.

Es­pañola Hu­mane: Lisa is a highly in­tel­li­gent and ac­tive dog. She is happy-go-lucky with pep in her step. She is 1 year old; weighs 43 pounds; is spayed, vac­ci­nated; mi­crochipped; and goes home with six months of heart­worm pre­ven­tion.

Ho­gan is a 2-month-old kit­ten and weighs 2 pounds.

Fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion at es­panolahu­

The Horse Shel­ter: Gaho is a 7-year-old, dark-brown mus­tang mare who has turned into a lit­tle gem.

She has worked with sev­eral vol­un­teers and is very con­sis­tent in her be­hav­iors. With a lit­tle bit

of bound­aries, Gaho is a re­spect­ful part­ner. She is very good at ground­work and loads into a trailer.

Gaho is a very easy keeper but can­not be rid­den.

She would make a great, very low main­te­nance com­pan­ion horse. The adop­tion fee is $250.

Gaho and many other horses are avail­able for adop­tion or spon­sor­ship at The Horse Shel­ter in Cer­ril­los. Call 505-577-2193 for more in­for­ma­tion, or visit the­horse­shel­

Fe­line & Friends: Tuxi is shy but will set­tle into a new home quite eas­ily. He doesn’t like some male cats but gets along with fe­males. Tuxi is about 2½ years old and is FI-pos­i­tive.

Ray­mond and his four sib­lings are adorable kit­tens, well so­cial­ized and very en­er­getic. They get along great with other cats. Ide­ally, they will be adopted in pairs or into homes with an­other cat for com­pan­ion­ship. They can be seen at the adop­tion cen­ter in Petco.


Mara Bren­ner with her dog, Kona, an Aus­tralian cattle dog.








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