The day after Memorial Day I met an adopter exiting La Casa de Los Gatos on our Main Campus. He had chosen that day to adopt a feline, after living decades without a cat. When I congratulated and thanked him for adopting, he shared that his first child, a son, was allergic to cats. So after being raised with cats and owning felines as an adult, he went cat-less for his eldest. With his son graduated from college and serving in the U.S. Navy, he decided to adopt a feline in celebration of his son, the men & women serving in our armed forces and his love of cats. And a very special pet, Ashes, found a new loving home. Sweet Ashes — a beautiful 7-year-old surrendered to our shelter — is one of 1,500+ cats we’ll place into homes this year. She left our care how most do, adopted from our Main Campus (or Westside Adoption Center); but over the years Animal Humane has developed some unique placement avenues for felines. Now in its 9th year, our Cats Around Town (CAT) program has led to 1,400+ felines finding their perfect match throughout our metro area. CAT partners range from The Yarn Store at Nob Hill, to the Albuquerque Cat Clinic to Clark’s Pet Emporium — our TOP CAT adoption business since 2013! Currently eight CAT partners showcase our pets and take great pride in introducing them to their patrons. And pet lovers leave their establishments with a surprise new friend in tow. Launched this summer, our Working Cat program finds customized placements for felines who would not thrive in typical home settings. Adrianne Lommasson, Adoptions Manager, took the reins in designing our online request system for people offering the perfect ‘jobs’ for cats. "It is a fulfilling experience to join the growing list of progressive shelters nationwide who have set up a Working Cat program. It's rewarding to match a cat who is fearful of humans to an environment that fits their needs perfectly. These are cats who would not thrive in a traditional home setting, so workshops, stables, wineries and hobby farms are wonderful, safe & fulfilling alternatives. Adopters have later shared that their cats shadow them as they go about their work, observing from a safe distance. These are cats who previously were so frightened of people they avoided contact at all costs. Hearing how successful our Working Cats are in their new homes has been the best part of implementing our program," shares Adrianne. How cats arrive at Animal Humane has changed greatly over the years. When launched in 2009, Project Fetch, our transfer program, largely focused on relocating dogs from rural shelters and tribal lands with limited resources and, in some cases, hoarding situations. However, the success of our Trap/Neuter/Return program has decreased owner surrenders & stray intakes of felines, and resulted in significant reductions in kitten intakes, too. The effects of our 13,000+ spay/neuters of community cats over the last decade (plus 47,000+ S/N of shelter & owned cats and dogs), have presented the opportunity to develop new cat-centric transfer partners. Now homeless felines from Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Espanola, Farmington, Jemez Springs, Las Cruces, Moriarty & Rio Rancho are finding refuge — and ultimately loving homes — through our transport, sterilization & adoption services. Trinity was one of those transfers. She arrived at the Farmington Animal Shelter as a stray. Two weeks later, this sweet 8-year-old girl was transferred to our shelter. She was timid at first but, following needed dental work, she was adopted by a loving family. These adopters were so tickled [...]
Make a one-time donation: Submit Pain. Fear. Uncertainty. Some of the pets who enter our care have lived with all three, sometimes for their whole lives. With your support Animal Humane has the opportunity to offer these cats & dogs a second chance and the resources they need to become happy and healthy. Bisbee came to Animal Humane through one of our Project Fetch partner shelters. When he arrived, this sweet, 2-year-old Sharpei cross was suffering from tapeworms, Demodex mange, a minor bilateral Medial Patellar Luxation and severe skin allergies. Because of you, Bisbee was able to receive extensive veterinary care to diagnose and treat his medical concerns and behavioral support to increase his confidence. In just 29 days Bisbee found a new home where he lives in comfort, secure in the knowledge that he is facing his tomorrows with a loving family. Your gift today will help pets like Bisbee find a second chance at a wonderful life. Your investment in Animal Humane’s programs and services ensures that homeless pets have access to great care and lots of love until their perfect person arrives. Please donate today to provide vital services to the cats and dogs who need them.
My appreciation for dog agility has skyrocketed over the past year, as my increased exposure has allowed me to witness the diverse attributes that draw enthusiasts of every age to the sport. Agility proves to be a wonderful form of exercise for both owners & their companion dogs. From practicing a skill to running a course, one’s limbs & heart are not the only parts of the body receiving a great workout; rather, agility is the perfect sport for your mind, as handlers must work to memorize courses and accurately direct and signal their dog. The varieties of verbal & nonverbal communication taking place are exhilarating to observe. From the stands you’ll see performance art ranging from dogs floating over jumps & speeding through weave poles to best friends blissfully trotting along or running at top speed. From the novice handler & their canine partner, to the honed performers, to the pair that continue their love of the sport as one or both have matured with time… the bond and dedication shown in the ring is something to admire and adore… and the door is open to every dog, as purebreds, mixed breeds and rescues all excel at agility. Since launching agility classes at The Center at Animal Humane last November, our trainers have provided instruction to nearly 90 students in our first six months. Many of our students are local, but others travel from Santa Fe, Taos, Alamogordo, and even Durango, Colorado. Watching and listening to our accomplished agility instructors is a joy, as they masterfully provide tailored lessons for each handler-dog pair to introduce them to agility, strengthen the bond between them and celebrate their dual performances; and our students are exuberantly expressing their gratitude for the instruction as well as our new training space. Alan Hann, current student at The Center: “The Center is a great facility with wonderful instructors. No matter how green you are, or how good you are, Kim Terrill has the ability to help you become better. She has a knack for helping anybody she works with… from someone with their first dog to someone who has been competing for years.” Alan also shared that, “I’ve never been involved in anything as exciting as agility. It brings an essence of humor to everyday life, as anything can happen in the ring and nothing is more satisfying than when you perform your best and your dog is part of a beautifully choreographed routine. You’ll see dogs do happy dances once they finish and everyone is cheering for you… and this comradery is a wonderful side effect that I did not expect. I’ve met teachers, lawyers, plumbers, orthopedic surgeons and ranchers. No one cares what you do or have; rather, everyone is happy for your success.” MaryMac Gardner, current student at The Center: “Agility is a good way to stay young as you have to run, think & speak… all at the same time… quickly. Who needs a crossword puzzle, when you have an everchanging course to traverse after only 8 minutes of walking it to determine where you’ll cue your pet. And much like yoga, you need not compare yourself to others, as our skilled instructors give each handler techniques unique to them & their dog.” MaryMac shares that The Center has the best footing in town and fellow students are friendly & supportive and that they have a lot of fun at practice, local trials, and when traveling to regional competitions together. As a 20-year agility enthusiast, her advice is to focus on your achievements as they come and have fun with your [...]
Make a one-time donation: Submit On a Project Fetch transfer, our program to relocate cats & dogs into our care from crowded shelters and rescue groups throughout New Mexico, our Team met a high-energy Australian Cattle dog named Krieger. Krieger’s behavior — jumping, spinning, and barking nonstop — had made it difficult for the rural shelter to place him in a loving home. We decided to bring Krieger back to Animal Humane so our talented behaviorists could help him become a well-behaved family member. Once Krieger arrived, our Animal Care and Behavior Teams quickly realized he was the kind of dog who needed a job to be happy. Renaming him Ranger, our staff and volunteers spent months tirelessly teaching him obedience cues and showering him with the same love and attention we give all pets in our care. While Ranger remained an exuberant and playful pup, he also gained the social skills and impulse control he needed to find a new family. Ten months into Ranger’s stay, Dustin arrived at Animal Humane looking for a dog who could accompany him on the horseback riding excursions he leads. When he asked to see Ranger, we knew the match was perfect. Dustin and Ranger not only became family that day — they became partners as well. Ranger now had a job, riding beside his dad on the trail every day! Ranger’s success, like so many others, was the result of the love you give with each and every donation.
Make a one-time donation: Submit At Animal Humane, we know and treasure the impact your support has on the lives of the pets in our care. Whether it’s the time and attention they receive on walks or during cuddle sessions, the handmade blankets that keep them cozy, or the care and tenderness they receive because of your generosity, each dog & cat in our shelter receives an abundance of love. We want every pet, now and in the future, to know the warmth of human kindness and to have the unconditional love they give returned to them. That’s why we promote these values throughout our community with education and outreach. Through our Learn Humane program, we teach children (and adults) how to build caring relationships and lifelong bonds with pets. In classrooms throughout our community, and right here at our shelter with Camp Humane, we provide engaging lessons that inspire young people to learn more about animal welfare. Along the way, we also cultivate in them the kindness that will benefit all living creatures for years to come. Likewise, your compassionate act today has a deep and lasting impact. Let’s continue teaching children compassion for pets and people. P.S. To learn more about Camp Humane and this summer’s sessions, click here.