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Aidan Sena, 9, demonstrates how “being a tree” means a standing position that should be taken when approached by, or chased by, a dog. “Be a Tree” is a dog bite prevention program that kids can learn at Animal Humane New Mexico, where Aidan’s mom Gina Sena, right, is an educator. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Program aims to help humans learn to read the needs of pets

Animal Humane New Mexico, to start celebrating its 50th year, wants you to bring the kids for a visit so they can learn about kindness, caring, respect, compassion, empathy and how to greet a dog.

Dog makes 900-mile trip back to Chicago shelter

CHICAGO – A suburban Grayslake animal shelter welcomed back a dog adopted more than a decade ago after it was found at a shelter in New York.

Rescue groups hope to increase adoptions in ’15

LAS CRUCES – Milo, a 2-year-old poodle mix best described as a “well-mannered mellow guy,” was found about two months ago wandering the streets in a southern Doña Ana County community.

Here’s hoping we can stop trapping

A few weeks ago in this column I posted a letter telling the story of a dog who spent three days caught in a coyote trap.