Free Pet Behavior Helpline

January 18, 2015 by  
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Animal Humane New MexicoThere’s no delicate way to say this, but… is your pooch peeing on the carpet suddenly? Is your cat going crazy on the furniture or your dog barking so much it drives you and your neighbors nuts?  Or does your pet keep breaking out through the fence and you’re worried for his or her safety?

These are often solvable problems if you know what to do. But if you don’t know what to do and you’d like to understand your pet better, you can get free help from Animal Humane New Mexico.

Use their free helpline (505-938-7900) to speak to a trained coach who can help you solve pet behavior problems.  If you don’t reach someone immediately, leave a message and someone will get back to you soon.  You can also email your questions to them at  behaviorhelpline@animalhumanenm.org   This is a completely free service and it’s wonderful that they offer it. It might even prevent some pets from having to go to shelters when their human is driven to the end of their tether – so pass the word along!

The Animal Humane Behavior free helpline helps with pet issues including separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, escaping, barking, chasing, digging, fearful behavior, housetraining,  introducing a new pet to the household where there are already pets, and puppy and kitten development.

I only wish they could provide free trained coaches to deal with Mr Cheap’s behavior problems, but he’d probably say the same about me :-)

–Tania


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Free Service Dog Eye Exam

April 18, 2013 by  
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Free service dog eye exams in May – but you have to register in advance by April 30, 2013.

This is in the nature of a public service announcement, to let you know that the 6th annual ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam event in May 2013 provides a free screening eye exam to service animals including guide dogs. You have to register by April 30 at the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam link above by April 30.

The national program includes guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs assisting people with disabilities other than blindness, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and formally trained and certified therapy dogs. Dogs need to have appropriate certification and/or training paperwork to qualify for the program, so check out all the details at the link.

Albuquerque is a participating city, and Santa Fe is too, although I don’t see details yet on exactly which veterinary ophthalmologists are offering the free examinations. But again – you need to register first for the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam by Tuesday April 30, where you’ll find all the details on how the program works and who is eligible.

–Tania

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Dog Adoption Fees Waived

September 5, 2012 by  
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Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department waives its usual fees during a dog adoption drive from September 7 to 9, 2012. 

I’m never quite comfortable talking about pets as if they are a ‘special offer’.  But the fact is that if you’re looking for a new dog, the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department Free Fido weekend might be of interest to you. And if it helps a dog find a new home, that’s good enough for me.

So here’s the deal. During the Free Fido weekend from Friday September 7 to Sunday September 9, if you adopt an adult dog aged at least one year old from the Eastside or Westside Animal Shelters, you can take the pooch home free of the usual dog adoption fee.

That saves $40- $50 on the regular adult dog adoption fee (depending on the animal’s age). Note that Seniors aged 50+ and veterans and active military personnel always receive a $10 discount on pet adoptions, with suitable ID.

Visitors can talk with a pet adoption expert while they meet the dogs, to receive guidance on the kind of dog best suited to their family and lifestyle.

All other adoption policies remain as usual, it’s just the adoption fee that is waived during the event, and the free dog adoption is only for dogs aged one year or more.

The Free Fido adoption drive is on Friday September 7 from 10:30 am to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday September 8 and 9 from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

The offer is at both the Eastside and Westside Animal Shelters, located at:

Eastside Animal Shelter, 8920 Lomas Boulevard NE.  
Westside Animal Shelter, 11800 Sunset Gardens Road SW.

–Tania

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Free Service Dog Eye Exam

April 25, 2012 by  
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Free service dog eye exams in May – but you have to register in advance by April 30, 2012.

This is in the nature of a public service announcement – and thanks to Anne at VCA Hospitals for telling us about it!

The 5th annual ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam event in May 2012 provides a free screening eye exam to service animals including guide dogs. You have to register by April 30 at the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam website, you can’t just arrive at the service provider.

The national program includes guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs assisting people with disabilities other than blindness, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and formally trained and certified therapy dogs. Dogs need to have appropriate certification and/or training paperwork to qualify for the program, so check out all the details at the link.

Participating venues in Albuquerque are:

  • VCA Veterinary Care Referral Center, where Dr. Nancy McLean,DVM, DACVO (veterinary ophthalmologist) will perform free eye exams for service and working dogs on Monday May 3.
  • Eye Care for Animals, which is also running the program during May.

But again – you need to register first for the ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam by Monday April 30, where you’ll find all the details on how the program works, who is eligible, and the service providers.

–Tania

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Free Pet Behavior Helpline

January 28, 2012 by  
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Animal Humane New MexicoThere’s no delicate way to say this, but… is your pooch peeing on the carpet suddenly? Is your cat going crazy on the furniture or your dog barking so much it drives you and your neighbors nuts?  Or does your pet keep breaking out through the fence and you’re worried for his or her safety?

These are often solvable problems if you know what to do. But if you don’t know what to do and you’d like to understand your pet better, you can get free help from Animal Humane New Mexico.

Use their free helpline (505-938-7900) to speak to a trained coach who can help you solve pet behavior problems. This is a completely free service and it’s wonderful that they offer it. It might even prevent some pets from having to go to shelters when their human is driven to the end of their tether – so pass the word along!

The Animal Humane Behavior free helpline helps with pet issues including separation anxiety, destructive behaviors, escaping, barking, chasing, digging, fearful behavior, housetraining,  introducing a new pet to the household where there are already pets, and puppy and kitten development.

I only wish they could provide free trained coaches to deal with Mr Cheap’s behavior problems, but he’d probably say the same about me :-)

–Tania

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50% Off Dog and Cat Exams

December 10, 2011 by  
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No, they aren’t making dogs and cats sit for the GRE (yet), but if you have a pooch or a puss, you can get them a full health exam at 50% off. If you missed our previous post on this, you’ve still got to the end of December to take advantage of the discount.

ABQ PetCare is offering the half price health exam for dogs and cats to new patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The full exam gives pets what sounds like a pretty thorough going-over to me, including a comprehensive health check, a heart worm test, nail trim, a parasite check, a dose of Frontline (protects against fleas and ticks) and a dose of Hart Gard.

The exam usually costs $175, which makes it $ 87.50 during the ABQ PetCare discount promotion on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  I don’t see the offer info at their website (it was there, maybe it still is somewhere) but in an email to us ABQ PetCare stated the offer runs through to the end of 2011.  Make an appointment at (505) 299-VETS

ABQ PetCare is located at 9032 Montgomery Boulevard NE.

–Tania

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50% Off Pit Bull Adoption & Free Pit Bull Seminar

November 14, 2011 by  
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Gotta love the joke about “meet Brad Pit” by the Eastside Animal Shelter for their Pit Bull Adoption and Seminar event on Saturday. I fell for it for one tiny nanosecond (sound of lower jaw hitting floor), until I realized Brad Pitt spells his name with two t’s. And in any case Brad Pitt is likely to be busy elsewhere… although as Pitt’s just announced that he’s quitting acting, who knows? But kudos to whoever at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department thought that up and gave me a smile.  

So here’s the deal: On Saturday November 19, 2011, the Pit Bull Adoption Event provides a chance to meet the canine Brad Pit, and get 50% off adoption fees.  At 1 pm, a free Pit Bull 101 seminar will provide an introduction to pit bulls for owners, lasting about one hour.

The Pit Bull Adoption Event runs from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm on November 19 at the Eastside Animal Shelter, 8920 Lomas Boulevard NE.  

Thanks to all the people who work at shelters or to help animals in any way. And if you already have a pet, don’t forget the 50% Off Dog and Cat Exams deal at ABQ PetCare that we posted about recently.

–Tania

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Food Freebies & Deals: Oct 28 – Nov 4, 2011

October 28, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant Halloween treats without tricks, including kids eat free, Halloween weekend specials, and more for the week ahead. We’re still following up some Halloween deals – so check back later for updates!

Free IHOP Scary Face Pancake for kids today, Friday October 28. It’s one free pancake per child aged 12 and under at participating locations till 10 pm.

Souper Salad Free Kid’s Buffet when you dine in and buy an adult entree, today through November 1, using the coupon at participating locations.

Boston Market Free Kid’s Meal when you buy an adult meal (looks like minimum purchase must be $10) from October 29 – 31, using the coupon at participating restaurants. There’s also a Boston Market $2 off coupon valid on a $10 purchase to November 6.

Word on the grapevine is that Kids Eat Free at Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes when they visit in costume between October 29-31. The freebie is for children under 12, with one kid freebie per purchase of an adult meal.

TGI Friday’s Halloween free appetizer when you go in Halloween costume this weekend through October 31. The free appetizer choice is fried mozzarrella, pot stickers, or crispy green bean fries, at participating locations. Haven’t had chance to call the ABQ TGI Friday’s to see if it’s on board, but they did participate last year.

TGI Friday’s BOGO Free Coupon to get a free entree when you buy one entree and two beverages for dine-in through November 1. It’s one coupon per table, per visit, at participating locations, and check the fine print for some exclusions on promo menus.

You *might* get a freebie at Old Town Pizza Parlor, if you eat fast! For their Halloween Ghost Chile Challenge, customers who order a sausage, cheese, and chile-smothered 10″ pizza (read hot) and eat it ALL up in 20 minutes, get the pizza free! Plus a $20 gift card. Personally I’d rather take my time to enjoy it and just pay for the pizza, but if you’re a fast eater anyway…. the Old Town Pizza Parlor offer runs through November 6.

PF Chang’s 20% Off Online Orders using the promo code: TREAT from tomorrow, October 29 to October 31. They announced the Halloweed deal on their Facebook page, but you don’t need to be a Facebook member to use the PF Chang’s promo code!

El Pinto Free Guacamole Appetizer on November 1, all day, with the purchase of an entree and when you ask for the “Best of the City guacamole please” at El Pinto, 10500 4th Street.

Pizzeria Espiritu in Santa Fe Half Price Pay $19 for a pizza meal for two with one salad, one pizza, and two beers, valued at about $38.  The Groupon offer is available today, although they’re not clear on expiration date to use the certificate.

Albuquerque Downtown Growers Market Dog Boo on October 29 with judging at 10:30 am, and it’s free to watch and to enter your dog in costume for the contest, with prizes from Tail Waggin Treats. You need to register a dog at the Tail Waggin Treats booth. They’re also giving away some pumpkins to carve at the market. Although the market was due to close on October 29, word is that they’re staying open another week till November 5, at Robinson Park, 801 Central Avenue NW.

Napoli Coffee $2 Off a $9 purchase with the coupon courtesy of QponABQ, valid until October 31.

Mimi’s Cafe 20% Off Your Check using the coupon on a purchase of minimum $20 dollars. The offer doesn’t apply to alcohol, nor tax and tip, and you can’t use it for gift cards and some promo menu items, otherwise it’s good till November 3.

PF Chang’s Wine Deal Get a third off a bottle of wine all day on Mondays and Tuesdays through the month of November 2011. That’s a third off any bottle of wine! As the cost of vino is always a large part of the check when I dine out with Mr Cheap (because Darling, I hardly eat a thing) I think I’ll be timing a trip there for the wine offer nights!

These Heritage Hotel coupons for their restaurants are all valid to December 30, 2011, so we have plenty of time to take advantage of them, including:

Waffle House Free Waffle using the coupon for dine-in only, until November 11, 2011.

Free Chili’s Appetizer when you join Chili’s email club. They send offers to email subscribers, and when you sign up (via MySavings) you can print out a coupon for a free Skillet Queso & Chips with the purchase of an entree.

80% off Restaurant.com already discounted dining certificates when you enter the promo code PUMPKIN at checkout through October 31. Restaurant.com certificates are already discounted, so prices with the extra 80% off promo code:

  • $25 certificate (usually $10 or $15) now costs $2 or $3
  • $50 certificate (usually $20) now costs $4
  • $100 certificate (usually $40) now costs $8
  • Buy at Restaurant.com through October 31, using promo code PUMPKIN at checkout.
  • No expiration date on certificates, and no shipping fees for email certificates.
  • Check individual restaurants for deal terms (eg minimum spend) to make sure they’re a good deal for you, and some certificate prices may vary from the typical examples above.

Bailey’s on the Beach Yoga Deal It’s the last few days to spend $20 at Bailey’s on the Beach and get a voucher for a free yoga session at Hot Yoga Downtown. Eat first, work it off later. I like that! Offer good to the end of October.

Cheap Chicken: How does 5 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, and 2 biscuits sound? How about for only $6.99? Use the Popeyes Chicken Coupon for the San Mateo location, or the Popeyes Coupon for the Coors location. Both are good to December 31, 2011. Or find Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen coupons for another location. It does bother me that they don’t put an apostrophe in *Popeye’s* but it’s a good deal so I’ll forgive them.

Taco Bell Free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo when you buy a $20 gift card.  Plan ahead for holiday gifts and get a freebie!

Landry’s Seafood Free Appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, using the coupon through December 31, 2011. The coupon (scroll down at the link) is good for a free app up to $9.99 and is ONLY valid at the Albuquerque Landry’s Seafood, 5001 Jefferson NE.

Get a free $25 dining certificate with the Entertainment Book and free shipping for the new 2012 edition (you can use the 2012 coupons now). The Albuquerque/Santa Fe Entertainment Book includes restaurant and shopping coupons and deals at attractions, including discounts, 2-for-1 deals, freebies with purchase, etc. The $40 book (for ABQ, many other city books cost $35) claims to offer over $92,000 in local savings, including 275 restaurant coupons.

Jack in the Box $1 Off an Outlaw Burger or a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with the coupon, valid to December 25, 2011. That would be Christmas.

Pizza Nine Coupons include:

  • Free 2 liter soda with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • Free dessert with a medium or large pizza purchase
  • $5 off any $20 purchase
  • Free medium pizza when you buy a large specialty pizza (only for carry-out orders)

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my Groupon, MySavings, Entertainment Book, and Restaurant.com affiliate links on those specific deals. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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50% Off Dog and Cat Exams

October 26, 2011 by  
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No, they aren’t making dogs and cats sit for the GRE (yet), but if you have a pooch or a puss, you can get them a full health exam at 50% off, through the end of 2011.

ABQ PetCare is offering the half price health exam for dogs and cats to new patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The full exam gives pets what sounds like a pretty thorough going-over to me, including a comprehensive health check, a heart worm test, nail trim, a parasite check, a dose of Frontline (protects against fleas and ticks) and a dose of Hart Gard.

The exam usually costs $175, which makes it $ 87.50 during the ABQ PetCare discount promotion on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  You have to scroll WAY DOWN to the bottom of the link to see info on the deal, although it doesn’t include an end date. However, ABQ PetCare confirmed the discount dates to us: the offer runs through to the end of 2011.  Make appointments at (505) 299-VETS

ABQ PetCare is located at 9032 Montgomery Boulevard NE.

–Tania

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Free Purina Pet Products

September 14, 2011 by  
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The Purina Pet Products giveaway runs through September 24, 2011, but you have to be quick on the button.

Purina is giving away coupons for free pet products until September 24, and each day they’re offering a free product coupon for dogs and a free product coupon for cats. These include free cat and dog food, chews, and cat litter.

But you have to be quick to claim your freebie! The coupons are available each day at 9 am Mountain Time (11 am Eastern Time). Once the quantity for that day has been snatched up, the only thing to do is wait for the next day’s offer.

You can see the full list of free pet products on offer each day, to make sure you’re ready on the button for the ones you want. 

There are 1,000 coupons every day for each of the cat and the dog products, with the exception of September 24, when there will only be 500 coupons for the cat products. (Poor cats, why discriminate against them? Oh, now I see why. The September 24 coupon is for a free Breeze brand from Purina Tidy Cats Litter System, worth $50.)

The Purina pet product giveaway is limited to one dog and one cat coupon per person, per email address, per household, per day. Lots of pers there. Or perhaps we should say: Lots of purrs?

–Tania    Thanks to our cheap chum Sheri at San Diego on the Cheap for the tip.

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