Make sure your dog is wearing an easy to read ID tag on their collar. Ensure your pet’s microchip information is up-to-date. Not sure? http://www.petmicrochiplookup.org/ will tell you which registry has your pet’s chip info. And, veterinarians and shelters can scan your pet and provide you with the number for no cost! When stopping for rest breaks, keep your pet leashed. Never leave your pet alone in the car. Confirm in advance that your lodgings are pet friendly. Pack extra supplies, like pet food and medication, just in case! For longer trips, make sure you have enough food and water easily accessible to feed your pet while on the go. Exercise your pet before you get into the car to give you both a relaxing start to your trip. If your dog is uncrated, check the child locks on your rear windows to make sure your dog cannot accidently open the window and escape. If your dog is uncrated, consider purchasing a pet seat belt. It will reduce the chance that your companion can escape when you open a door. Keep your cat in a carrier while in the car. Do not allow pets in the front seat unless they are in a carrier and buckled in. In case of a crash they could be injured by the dashboard, the airbag, or worse! Keep a pet-specific first aid kit in your car. Click here to download ours! Want to help us spread the word about summer safety? Click here to make a donation to Animal Humane New Mexico today.
Never leave your dog unattended in the car! If you see a dog trapped in a hot car, try to locate the owner or call 911! Use the drive through at restaurants, pharmacies and banks. Get help from a friend or family member or hire a pet sitter who can entertain your pet while you run errands. Shop at pet-friendly stores that allow your (leashed!) canine companion inside*: Automobiles: Garcia Subaru Clothing, Home Goods & Misc: Home Goods Nordstrom Rack Tractor Supply Co. Home Improvement: Ace Hardware Lowe’s Outdoor Living: Sports Systems Cabela’s Pet Stores: Long Leash On Life Clark’s Pet Emporium Jack & Rascal’s PetSmart Petco Don’t see your favorite store listed? Give them a call and ask! Enjoy the breeze at cafes & restaurants with pleasant pet-ios. The restaurants below are great friends to homeless pets: Boxing Bear Brewing Company Dialogue Brewing Geckos Bar & Tapas Holy Burger Marble Brewery O’Neill’s Pub SteelBender Brewyard Tractor Brewing Company Leave your pet at home! Concerned about your pet’s separation anxiety or poor behavior when they are left alone? Call our FREE Behavior Helpline for advice and information on ways to help your pet behave when home alone: 505.938.7900. Want to help us spread the word about summer safety? Click here to make a donation to Animal Humane New Mexico today. *Even though these stores have confirmed they are pet-friendly, please call ahead to confirm if your shopping plans cannot be changed. Active Animal Humane partners are listed in bold.
Make a one-time donation: Submit 172 & counting! That’s the number of felines you have helped cure of ringworm since our talented Animal Care Team opened our dedicated treatment ward in June 2014. A welcomed quarantine addition during our Project Humane renovations, our feline and canine Ringworm Wards offer a quiet retreat for recovery. During treatment training, my greatest discovery was the warm welcome our isolated kitties give our team upon their 8 am arrival. Rather than retreating into their spacious housing, they greet us enthusiastically & walk right into the hands that quickly lead them to their next Lyme Sulphur bath. After each cat is dipped & wiped down with washcloths to ensure thorough coverage, they quickly — and quite literally — shake it off and look forward to breakfast. In addition to delicious wet & dry food and new sterilized toys, bedding & blankets, they seek affection from our team who expertly convey through spoken word & gentle touch that their treatment is not only necessary — it paves the way to feeling better & being adopted. Your giving makes the specialized treatments given throughout our campus possible! May you always know the gratitude our team feels for being able to offer each pet in our shelter the care & resources they need to become healthy, confident, beloved pets! Donna M. Stumpf Executive Director Download the latest Paws for Thought now!
Make a one-time donation: Submit Years before Project Fetch was initiated, people would sometimes bring a cat or dog to Animal Humane from a shelter outside of Albuquerque. Tom was one of these cats. He came as a stray to the Valencia County shelter, where a volunteer noticed him because he was so sweet and people-oriented. She decided to bring Tom to Animal Humane with the thought that he would find a home more quickly in Albuquerque. As luck would have it, I was volunteering in the Animal Humane cattery on the right Sunday. A long time Animal Humane employee, James Bonecutter, brought Tom into the cattery from the intake area. Once in his new cage, Tom proceeded to eat his entire bowl of dry cat food. “Wow,” I thought, “this cat must be very hungry.” So I gave him a bit more dry food, which he also ate. At that point, I decided to get him out and brush him since eating too much all at once didn’t seem like a good idea. He loved being brushed and had a very loud purr. What a sweet cat he was! Several days later Tom was transferred to the Animal Humane adoption center at PetSmart on Eubank to look for his new family. One day, a week or so after first seeing Tom, my partner Kay and I were driving along Eubank when she asked me if I wanted to drop in at PetSmart to see how Tom was doing. I had told her all about Tom and what a great cat he was. We went into PetSmart only to realize that the adoption center was not open that day. We peeked through the window and could see that Tom was not a happy cat. His head was hanging down and his ears were flat. Clearly he did not feel well. In those days, Animal Humane did not have the veterinary or fostering resources it has now. We feared that Tom was doomed. Kay asked me, “What should we do?” We decided to adopt Tom. We called Animal Humane and a staff member came over to PetSmart to fill out the adoption paperwork. We left with Tom in a carrier and took him directly to our veterinarian who determined that he had URI and ear mites. We nursed him back to health over the next couple of weeks. Once healthy, it was clear that Tom had a self-assured manner, loved attention from people and was confident around dogs and other cats. Tom’s extroverted nature makes him the official greeter when the doorbell rings. Tom’s sweet nature also made him a natural as a therapy cat. When Animal Humane received a request for a cat to visit a woman nearing the end of her life, I volunteered Tom. I knew he would not be afraid in the new setting. In fact, he was very sweet and loving to her, and subsequently the woman asked to see a kitten! According to the woman’s daughter, seeing and petting felines over the next few weeks helped to extend this woman’s life several additional months. Over the years Kay and I have fostered many cats, kittens and dogs, and invariably Tom steps in to show them the way things work at our house. Tom has been a “big brother” to numerous foster kittens. A notable kitten, Orbit, is now a beloved member of Animal Humane Executive Director Donna Stumpf’s family. Because Tom is not afraid of dogs, he has often been used as a “test cat” to see if a dog would be friendly to cats. [...]