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From the Blog
  • keeping pets in homes

    Animal Humane has rehomed pets since 1965. In recent years, with valuable support from the ASPCA and in partnership with the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD), we’ve richly expanded our resources to keep pets with their owners. 2017 marks the 4th year of our innovative ASPCA Community Partnership in collaboration with our valued colleagues at AWD. To date, the ASPCA’s Partnership investment in Albuquerque exceeds $823,000 and has funded numerous efforts that reduce the risk of owner surrender. Through the ASPCA’s generosity, our teams have developed Safety Net services to: • Build and repair fencing so that beloved dogs do not escape and risk injury or displacement from their families. • Cover rental deposits, so that this financial barrier is eliminated. • Offer community Pet Health Fairs in low-income neighborhoods where pet owners receive collars, leashes, harnesses, microchips, vaccinations, and vouchers for $10 spay/neuter services. • Award medical vouchers for emergency veterinary care. • Provide behavior consultations, so that undesirable habits are replaced with enduring traits. Our unique Partnership programming has granted much needed access to resources that have helped thousands of families and their treasured pets dating back to 2014. In turn, the gratitude felt by people served has strengthened our relationship with them, as they now view Animal Humane as a trusted partner; equally important, as owners rely on our services they are simultaneously increasing their bonds with the pets that fill their lives with joy. In addition to focusing on keeping beloved pets out of shelters, the ASPCA funds effective promotional efforts and care packages for pets that benefit from extra resources to aid acclimation in new homes. Our highly successful event, Klear The Kennels, an Animal Humane/Animal Welfare Department joint adoption promotion placed 261cats & dogs in loving homes in just 72 hours last June! Our creative pet promotions continue year-round as increased marketing highlights long-term (100+ day) residents. Our Partnership efforts that began in 2014, have led to a community-wide Live Release Rate of 88.5%, a remarkable level that stands at the forefront for communities our size nationwide. Many hands, hearts & heads were behind this achievement, and two that deserve special recognition are our ASPCA Partnership funded positions held by Leah Remkes & Melissa Hubbell. “I love meeting the families who are so proud to introduce us to their pets during our Pet Health Fairs! Visiting these communities allows us to begin positive relationships with those who may have never heard of Animal Humane and, through our Spay/Neuter and Safety Net program, we are able to become a pet care resource for those who need us most.” Leah Remkes, Partnership Outreach Manager “Because of the Partnership, we’ve grown closer ties with AWD through joint adoption promotions as well a s our combined efforts in our Safety Net program. I’m proud that we are able to work together to keep families intact when they think that their only option is surrender, because we are able to make much more of an impact in our community when we are united with the goal of helping pets and their people.” Melissa Hubbell, Partnership Adoption Events Manager Adopting homeless pets is one side of the equation. Keeping pets with their owners is the other. With ASPCA’s continued funding, inventive programs and collaborations with AWD, our community is addressing animal welfare from both sides. This is truly an achievement we can all celebrate… as we reached this new frontier together. With profound appreciation for your continued investment in our life-saving work, Donna M. Stumpf Executive Director Click here to download this month’s newsletter!
  • Double the Love

    Make a one-time donation: Submit Gypsy is a fearless Siamese cat who came to us as a stray at only two months of age. After receiving weeks of tender care in the home of one of our Foster Care families, she returned to our shelter and was quickly adopted. Khaleesi, a sweet American Staffordshire Terrier, was battling a parasitic infection in her left eye when we transferred her from the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. In our care, Khaleesi bravely underwent months of medical treatment to save her remaining eye and behavior training to ease her fears. Gypsy’s mom, who had since become an Animal Humane employee, was drawn to Khaleesi’s gentle demeanor but was unsure if the pair would be compatible. She brought Khaleesi home through our Foster-to-Adopt program and was thrilled when the two snuggled and became fast friends. Help us bring more soulmates together in 2017 by making an Annual Fund Drive gift today! Your generosity will provide thousands of pets with the care they need and the love they deserve. Gypsy and Khaleesi are now constant companions, enjoying their lives free from pain and fear — and filled with love. Your compassion has the power to unite even the most unlikely of hearts. On behalf of the pets who receive a second chance due to your compassion, we thank you!
  • grateful reflections

    When Peggy Weigle interviewed me in late 2006, she asked me what I was looking for. I told her I was looking for a place where I could make a difference, a position that challenged me, and a chance to see the impact of my work, combined with others, right before my eyes. As I inch toward my 1st year anniversary as Executive Director of Animal Humane, I see more clearly what we accomplish together each day. Our 2016 Fiscal Year statistics reached amazing heights: from rehoming 4,134 pets and achieving a 93% Live Release Rate, to treating over 4,200 owned pets in our campus Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic — so that each is healthy and spending the holidays with their owners — to inspiring our youth with life-changing lessons through nearly 9,000 hours of valuable instruction, and reaching $809,975 in sales at our Thrift Shop. All of these achievements were only made possible with your support! In addition to our shared accomplishments, what continues to impress me most is the variety of ways that pets arrive at our shelter — the unique circumstances that surround each — and how our team stands at the ready to respond to the needs of these pets, their owners and in some cases, the advocates for each of these cats and dogs. We met Nemo at the Valencia County Animal Shelter during a Project Fetch transfer. Nemo was initially so fearful we had to carry him outdoors. Our Behavior Team saturated him with enrichment activities and introduced him to playgroups. And it was his natural curiosity (and high-value treats) that helped Nemo gain confidence and graduate from our Behavior Modification program in 10 short days. During this time, he went from pancaking on the floor in fear to seeking interactions from our team to discovering the joys of being a dog! And two short weeks later, Nemo left our shelter to go live his new life with a loving family. Jiffy Pop’s journey took a twist when a kind and concerned Albuquerque citizen trapped him and drove him to our shelter. Upon arrival, we quickly determined that Jiffy Pop had ringworm and was immediately introduced to our Animal Care Supervisors, Yuri Pryor & Armando Vargas. These talented Team members have successfully treated 100+ felines since our Feline Ringworm Treatment Ward opened in June 2014 thanks to a generous gift by Sandy Gold. “Since Jiffy Pop was a stray, initially he was fearful of being handled. But several weeks into his treatment, he blossomed. He approached the front of his cage and waited expectantly for food, as well as his bi-weekly Lyme Sulphur baths. He tolerated the baths very well, and after 17 dips over 2½ months, Jiffy Pop was released as a well-socialized and friendly kitty,” says Yuri. Mr. Pop was adopted 30 days later! In January 2014, I had the privilege of introducing a 98-year-old dog lover to five shelter dogs, in the hopes that one would become her perfect companion. Each dog was expertly selected by our Behavior Manager, Trevor Driggs, and a private room was set up for introductions. We only made it to “dog #3” before the selection process came to a halt and the oldest adopter in our history quickly left with Fido — a sweet, black 4-year-old Chihuahua. The two bonded instantly. This past summer, Fido was returned to our care as his owner, now 100½, was nearing the end of her life. When her conservator who had reached out to me in 2014 emailed saying, “It’s time for Fido to come back to you,” I said, “Name […]