Maddie's Adoption Guarantee Coalition of Bernalillo County (MAGC)magc_logo

The Maddie’s Adoption Guarantee Coalition of Bernalillo County (MAGC) was formed in December 2010. This coalition is aimed at making Bernalillo County an Adoption Guarantee or "no kill" Community with the help of grants from the prestigious Maddie’s Fund®.  In order to apply for these grants, a coalition must include the local animal control agency and rescue groups.   Other agencies may be added over time, but the initial group was selected based on their effectiveness in sheltering, fostering and adopting out dogs and cats as well as their ability to comply with the heavy reporting requirements for the grants.  It is worth noting that to even be eligible to apply, a community must have reached a point where the majority of healthy pets are being saved, a milestone Albuquerque’s animal welfare community has already achieved.  The creation of this coalition marks an unprecedented era of cooperation among our community’s animal welfare groups.

The MAGC is comprised of:

Our goal is to make Bernalillo County an
Adoption Guarantee Community.

Adoption Guarantee Equation: What We Are Doing As A Community to Achieve our Shared Goal

  • Feral Cat TNR Programs: Animal Humane, Street Cat Companions & the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department work collaboratively to spay/neuter more than 3,110 feral cats annually.
  • High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter: Local organizations provide low-cost spay/neuter options sterilizing an average of 4,350 pets annually. Animal Humane operates a statewide low-cost spay/neuter veterinary clinic database,
  • Rescue Groups: Over 50 local breed and rescue groups foster and adopt pets.
  • Foster Care: More than 300 generous individuals care for and nurture homeless pets in their homes annually.
  • Comprehensive Adoption Programs: With a variety of creative initiatives ranging from cats placed for adoption in local businesses to satellite adoption centers throughout Albuquerque, we seek out every avenue to re-home as many pets as possible.
  • Pet retention: By utilizing numerous resources including free behavior counseling, low-cost veterinary care and pet food banks we help keep people and their pets together for life.
  • Medical and Behavior Programs: Extensive care for the mental and physical health of homeless pets is imperative in saving lives. We have employed rigorous procedures and programs to ensure the well-being of homeless pets awaiting adoption.
  • Public Relations/Community Involvement/Media: We utilize every marketing tool available to increase adoptions and encourage support from our community. From social media to guerilla marketing tactics, we constantly strive to make pet adoption our community’s first option.
  • Volunteers: With more than 600 people donating their time annually, we have dedicated volunteers that fuel and enable our progress.
  • Proactive Redemptions: When lost pets are not reunited with their families, they become homeless pets. From extensive lost/found efforts to low-cost microchip clinics, we work tirelessly to reconnect and keep pets with owners.
  • Compassionate Directors: Dedicated and experienced leadership committed to attaining the goal of making our community no kill serves as the driving force behind our endeavor.

About Maddie's Fund

About Maddie’s Fund®
Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, devotion, loyalty and spirit inspired her guardians to start a charitable foundation, Maddie's Fund, in her name. One of the largest animal welfare funds in the nation, Maddie’s Fund awards millions of dollars through multi-year grants to animal welfare coalitions to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats community-wide as they work towards becoming an “Adoption Guarantee Community.”  The entire grant cycle can last 10 years in recognition of the time it takes to build the infrastructure and programs to achieve Adoption Guarantee status.  For example, Maricopa County (AZ) is in Year 5 of their cycle, with a total funding potential of $8.7 million in funding.

MAGC Shelter Statistical Data

Our first grant is the Data Collection Grant.  MAGC received $30,000 in the fall of 2011 to fund the collection and publication of data concerning the number of dogs and cats impounded, adopted, and euthanized annually by Bernalillo County's animal shelters and animal rescue groups. The coalition members will supply data from 2011-2013. 

Bernalillo County Statistics 2013

Bernalillo County Statistics 2012

Bernalillo County Statistics 2011

Bernalillo County Statistics 2010

Bernalillo County Statistics 2009

The collection and publication of this data is sponsored by Maddie’s Fund.

Participating Groups

Animal Control Coalition Transfers
Adoption Guarantee Coalition Transfers
% of Grant Grant Size ($)
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department
65.5% $19,650
Animal Humane
31.0% $9,300
0.05% $150
1.0% $300
2.0% $600
100% $30,000