Click to see Steve Stucker, Master of Ceremonies Welcome Video 

 Location: Your Place!

The 18th Annual Fur Ball is going virtual this year and what an event it is going to be! 

You and your entourage are invited to celebrate the GREATEST animals of the southwest from the comfort of your own home! Gather your friends, dress up in your Academy Award winning best costumes (pets too!) and get your ticket for access to the new activities and traditional ones you’ve come to love.

As a Network Partner of Best Friends Animal Society (Utah), Watermelon Mountain Ranch’s lifesaving efforts reach far beyond Albuquerque’s city limits. Our Mercy Missions take us all over the southwest United States rescuing dogs and cats that have unfortunately landed at death’s door. 


The Fur Ball funds many of these missions for the year, so please join us in support of our life-saving mission to save them all.

- The BIGGEST and BEST ONLINE AUCTION in Fur Ball history (over 200 items!) 
-  Steve Stucker’s Parade of Pets 

- A Night at the Oscars SWAG BAG ((full of party favors & gifts for you and your pet)
- Month-long (October) Community Events
- Paddle Raiser to benefit WMR 4 Paws Chapel & Angels Rest Memorial Garden

Dog Walker at the Park

  Biggest and Best in Fur Ball History! 


Dooney & Bourke

Scottie Dog Tassel Tote 

Over 200 items set for bidding and “Buy it Now” options. Plan your own Oscar party at home to enjoy your Fur Ball SWAG gift bags and access to the biggest silent auction in Fur Ball history including artifacts of Hollywood music, Fine Jewelry, movie memorabilia, prints, decor, pet gift sets, clothing and much more! 

OPENS Oct 15 12:00PM -  CLOSES Nov 7, 2020 8:00PM


Reduced for



  • Home Delivered Fur Ball Swag Bag (value $75)
    Each purchased ticket gets you a jam packed swag bag to celebrate the greatest animals of the southwest! Your swag bag includes two commemorative A Night at the Oscars Fur Ball wine glasses, 2 t-shirts and a pet bandana, a bottle of wine, pet clothing, jewelry, munchies, money saving coupons and much more!



Steve Stucker and friends

Does your pet have what it takes to wear the crown?

Steve Stucker is back this year with the virtual PARADE OF PETS! Glam up your pet in a favorite movie star costume and upload their photo! Finalists will be featured on the competition page for final audience voting October 20 through Nov 1, 2020.

Winners announced and ribbons and prizes awarded on Saturday, November 7, 2020 during the Fur Ball.

The contest is FREE!


  • Submissions accepted Sept 1 - Oct.11, 2020.

  • Finalists chosen and posted for public voting
    Oct 20 - Nov 1, 2020.  

  • Winners announced Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.
    - Best in Show (chosen by Steve Stucker)
    - 1st Place
    - 2nd Place
    - 3rd Place

Yoga Class

Month-long Community Engagement


Yoga Classes, Trivia Hours, Donut Fundraiser and much more! 

Get involved all October with the animals and your community as the Fur Ball celebrates Albuquerque and its wonderful merchants! Check back for our calendar as we are continuously adding things to do around town to support the animals! 

  • OCT 3      9AM  - Dog WOD at Crossfit5282
                    801 Loma Colorado Dr NE, Rio Rancho

  • OCT 5-10  Rebel Donut Fundraiser
                    2435 Wyoming Blvd NE, ABQ (505) 293-0553
    9311 Coors Blvd NW, ABQ (505) 898-3090
                     Pre-Order the Specialty Fur Ball Donuts!

  • Oct  9       Fur Ball Day Fundraiser at Papa Johns Pizza
                    4300 Ridgecrest Dr., Rio Rancho

  • Oct 24      Zoom Yoga with Alison Roberts
    ($10 Donation. Limited Spaces

  • Nov  4      Oscar Trivia Hour with Jackie, Tony & Donnie 
                     from 110.3 The PEAK
    6-7PM ($10 Donation. Limited Spaces!)



Support the greatest animals of the southwest
with a Fur Ball 2020 Sponsorship!

If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor or donating items to the silent auction (weekend getaway packages, jewelry, decor, services and gifts), or donate items for our Gift bags, please contact us below. 

We sincerely appreciate anything that you can do.


Sophia DiClemente, CEO/Founder, (505) 980-6354, sophiawmr@aol.com 
Sara Heffern, Executive Director, (505) 267 6983, sarawmr@aol.com


Thank you VCA Animal Hospitals

for their continued support of the Fur Ball and the animals of Watermelon Mountain Ranch

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Watermelon Mountain Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is New Mexico's Largest No-Kill Animal Shelter for homeless pets providing adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs including Molly's Mercy Missions.

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