We add articles to this area on a regular basis.  Check back often for helpful information about you and your pet, and about Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.  Many articles are in PDF format.


With summer in full bloom, we’ve rounded up a list of 199 common flowers and plants that are poisonous for pets, so you can be sure your furry friend is safe all season long: Click here for a list.


Spaying or Neutering Is Good for You and Your Pet     Click here to read about myths and facts.

Please see our SPAY & NEUTER section for more information and low/no-cost spay/neuter resources.


Click here for a Full Resource Library from Best Friends Animal Society



Welcoming Home a New Cat    Prevent Problems from Day One

Keeping Your Cat Healthy

Introducing a New Cat

Why Kittens Should be Adopted in Pairs

Cat Stopped Using the Litter Box?

More Info:

Declawing: The Price of Convenience

"Declawing is the amputation of each toe at the first joint. In humans, it would be equivalent to cutting off the tip of every finger at the first knuckle — very painful, indeed. People may not be aware that the surgery can cause more problems than it solves. Cats deprived of their front claws may develop an aversion to the litter box. Their paws remain sensitive from the surgery, so they avoid scratching in their litter and may begin eliminating around the house instead. Declawing leaves cats without one of their primary defense mechanisms, and impairs their balance and ability to climb. Many declawed cats suffer from joint stiffness. In certain cats, it may leave psychological scars that translate into behavioral problems." Referenced from Best Friends website.

Full Article List of Resources for Cats

Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats
If you want your cat to live a long and healthy life, please keep your cat inside.
Click here to read reasons and explanations.

Keeping Your Cat Safe and Sound

Building an outdoor enclosure so your cat can safely enjoy the outside.

What is a cattery or catio?
They are outdoor enclosures for cats. Cats love to spend time in the fresh air and watch birds, bugs, and other animals. A cattery/catio provides a way for a cat to enjoy the outdoors without danger of being attacked by another animal, struck by a car, lost or stolen. They can be made with a variety of materials and constructed in a range of shapes and sizes. They can be free-standing or attached to a house or garage, inexpensive or higher end, plain or fancy, bought or built.


Example of a catio/cattery here in Taos.

Best Friends Article on Building a Catio

Reference Guide for Cat & Kitten Foster Care Volunteers - Be in the know to address most any situation that can occur while fostering Cats and Kittens!


The Truth, Facts & Myths about Pit Bull and Staffordshire Terriers

You may be very surprised when you strip away the myths.
Click here to download the PDF.

Here are some related links and positive press...

How to choose a dog

Welcoming Home a New Dog    Prevent Problems from Day One.

Introducing Dogs to Each Other

Introducing a Cat and a Dog

Preventing your Dog from Chasing the Cat

What Dogs Need to Be Happy

Full Article List of Resources for Dogs


Click Here for Resources for Other Animals



Canine Parvovirus
   What is it?

Feline FIV    What is it?

Feline FeLV   FAQs answered by Best Friends Animal Society.

Ringworm - The Most Persistant Fungus Among Us

Pets' Dental Health

Pet Home Safety Guide

Here at Stray Hearts, we are fully dedicated to the health and well-being of the animals in our care, but it doesn't stop there. We are on a mission to help educate our community at large about the proper and humane care of animals.  Read more here.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Love Means...


Finding a New Home for a Pet

Taos County Animal Ordinance  2015