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.
Make a one-time donation: Submit Last year, we told you the story of Raj, a gentle American Pit Bull mix who stole our hearts with his amazing resiliency and boundless love. Raj lost one eye to a traumatic injury when he was one and, at the age of three, he lost the other after being poisoned alongside his brothers in his backyard. A neighbor intervened and brought Raj, the only survivor, to Animal Humane to receive the medical treatment he desperately needed. In our care, and now facing a completely sightless world, Raj nevertheless showered our Team with an abundance of love that belied the trauma he had endured. Two months later, he was adopted by a wonderful couple who heard his story, met and fell in love with Raj. Today, after more than a year together, Raj’s parents shared that they remain deeply thankful that Raj is in their lives. They simply adore the way he runs in circles when he gets excited, or how he still insists on being cuddled in their laps like a dog half his size. Your support helps us turn challenges into triumphs for cats and dogs throughout New Mexico. As Raj’s inspiring life affirms, your generosity makes a lasting difference!
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!