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Since 1999, Los Alamos Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals LAFOSCA (Formerly Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter LAFOS) has provided canine and feline foster homes, funding for catastrophic animal medical care and our spay/neutering program.

The redefined focus of LAFOSCA is exclusively on assisting privately owned companion animals and their families and private rescue organizations, including groups such as NM Dog, Stray Hearts, Dew Paws Rescue, McKinley County Animal Rescue, and Otero County Animal Rescue and many, many more!

While we are unable to take in animals, assistance of information is provided in animal re-homing and adoptions.


Assistance provided to private rescue groups and privately owned companion animals is the priority of LAFOSCA’s work. Our work alongside shelters and rescue organizations of Northern New Mexico will help reduce the population of homeless and at-risk companion animals by providing assistance directly.  

Dog Jog 2023 Thank You

The wind held off until most of the runners and walkers and their eager dogs completed the 26th Annual Dog Jog on April 29, 2023. This year’s Dog Jog raised over $17,000 for Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals.  Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals (FOSCA) is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abandoned animals and to pets and their owners in northern New Mexico.  Our catastrophic care program pays for veterinary care for sick or injured animals that have no owners or whose owners cannot afford the treatment.  Our spay/neuter program provides grants to our partner organizations, including the Espanola Valley Humane Society and the McKinley County Animal Shelter so that they can provide low- or no-cost spay/neuter services to their clients.   FOSCA also encourages responsible pet ownership and promotes adoption of shelter animals through education and outreach.



We would like to thank our top sponsors this year, Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital, and Pet Pangaea, and our other major sponsors, Jeremy Campbell/Ameriprise, Blue Window Bistro, and Kristy Ortega/ReMax.  We would like to thank our other sponsors, Century Bank, Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance, and Hartway & Breshears for making our event possible.  We would also like to thank Los Alamos Doghouse LLC, Atomic City Roadrunners, Los Alamos Medical Center, and Arthur B. Montoya Jr., DDS, and for their donations.  Prizes were generously provided by Pet Pangaea, The Running Hub of Santa Fe, and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

We are grateful to all the individuals and families who made a donation in order to have a dedication or memorial to friends or furry companions included on our t-shirt. And a special thank you to fifth-grader Alyssa Sanders who designed this year’s Dog Jog logo.

A special thanks to Marcus Kolman for requesting a shelter dog to run with, and to the Espanola Valley Humane Society for supplying awesome shelter dog Rosalie for Marcus to run with.  Marcus and Rosalie made an awesome team and were first over the finish line.  We hear the Rosalie is still looking for that perfect home so if you want to smart, beautiful, kid- and dog-friendly companion, please call EVHS at 505-753-8662 right away!

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our 17th Annual Dog Jog.   Thank you for running or walking, thanks for bringing friends, family, kids, and dogs. Special thanks to the walkers and runners who ‘rented’ a shelter dog and allowed them to participate in the fun; they had a blast. Thanks for joining in our post-race prize ceremony and thanks for supporting Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals and our efforts to make life better for our less fortunate animal friends. We hope to see you again next year!

Wendee Brunish
Chair, Los Alamos Dog Jog 2023


Vouchers Available!
For use at participating Veterinary Clinics. Provides discount on sterilization of cats and dogs.





At the August 8th, 2017 Los Alamos County Council meeting, Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter was presented a Notice of Special Recognition for all the work that has been accomplished since 1999.

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