Matching Donations Boost Fur Fest event

This year’s Fur Fest on Aug. 6 will kick off with $50,000 in matching funds thanks to dozens of donors with Espanola Humane, festival organizers say.

The virtual event, which will live-stream at 7 p.m. on, features the premiere film of Zelda’s Miraculous Journey, which follows the journey of the young foster pup to her forever home.

“For every dollar donated, it will be matched thanks to our incredible supporters,” said Bridget Lindquist, the shelter’s director, who will also emcee the event. The fundraising goal of $100,000 will help support the shelter’s lifesaving animal-welfare programs in northern Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties and neighboring pueblo communities of Santa Clara, San Ildefonso and Ohkay Owingeh.

The virtual presentation celebrates the shelter’s miracles and will highlight the shelter’s work in the community and how it has grown to make an impact for the lives of so many. And there’s a guarantee of lots of puppy and kitten footage.

The shelter continues its groundbreaking work despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adoptions this summer are above last year’s rates, with more than 575 adoptions from March through June.

Espanola Humane recently achieved Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. This the fifth year the nonprofit has been awarded the group’s highest rating.

Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. Only less than16 percent of all rated charities boast the 4-star rating annually; Espanola Humane is the only animal-welfare organization in New Mexico to achieve the four-star rating and is among only 150 animal-welfare organizations nationally to earn the designation.

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