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. [...]
Make a one-time donation: Submit Your Annual Fund Drive gift will transform lives for homeless pets in New Mexico. Pets like Milo & Otis, a cat and dog who had been living together on the mesa south of Albuquerque — taking refuge from the elements under an abandoned truck. After a concerned woman had gained their trust by visiting them with food and water for several weeks, she was able to bring them to Animal Humane where your generosity made it possible for us to care for them.. We noticed that Milo, a 1-year-old Domestic Short Hair, and Otis, an 8-month-old Shepard cross. both became nervous when they were separated. Reuniting them after their sterilization surgeries, it was clear they were bonded and needed to stay together. Shy Otis blossomed when Milo was with him. And, the sweet feline enjoyed checking on his pup after making the rounds for loving strokes from our Adoptions Team. In 2017, Animal Humane New Mexico gave 4,082 homeless cats and dogs a new start. We know that each one is worthy of love, snuggles and a life as someone’s perfect pet, but we cannot give them that opportunity without your help. Because of your generosity, Milo and Otis were able to remain a dynamic duo, and they were adopted into the same loving home after only 7 days in our care. Please help us meet the needs of the thousands of homeless cats, dogs, puppies and kittens who will need Animal Humane, and you, in 2018 by making an Annual Fund Drive gift today.
Pets impact our lives in countless ways…the ones we adore today…as well as the ones we’ve been fortunate enough to love through the years. Each day, I experience a flood of emotions brought on by my children, Orbit & Sassafras. Happiness from their comedic & acrobatic feats. Calmness as I hold them in my arms. Gratitude for all they teach me. Love for the friendship we share. And that’s the beauty of having pets in our lives…their love & lessons stay with us forever. These important lessons arrive spontaneously as well as through years of cohabitation and, in some cases, though shared instruction. The Center at Animal Humane, following the completion of our Phase I construction, offers numerous new ways to learn & connect with your beloved pets. From agility classes, which attract pet owners throughout the metro area and Land of Enchantment as well as neighboring states to behavior training offered in our renovated 2,500 square-foot dedicated building. In both arenas, dogs & owners are learning new tricks, honing skills & strengthening their bonds with one another. The same is true for cat owners who benefit from our seminar classes taught in our new training space. In every instance, our two & four-footed pupils increase their understanding and appreciation of one another. Life is full of important lessons…and to be fortunate enough that some lead to more happiness, laughter and love is the ultimate reward. Our newest development is focused on sharing our expertise with pet owners so that they and their pets experience years of bliss together. The added benefit of receiving valuable instruction at The Center is that it's part of our 501(c)(3) organization, and all classes ultimately sustain our shelter’s diverse and impactful programming. So, by training at The Center, you’ll experience our expert instructors, bond more closely with your pet and help us save more lives! If you are looking for the perfect present this holiday season — or wish to start the New Year off on the right paw — visit TheCenter.AnimalHumaneNM.org to enroll in the gift that keeps on giving. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your pets to create more love that lasts a lifetime! Wishing you happiness always, Donna M. Stumpf Executive Director Click here to download this month's newsletter!
Make a one-time donation: Submit because pets make everything better Imagine a picture perfect autumn day in New Mexico. What could make that picture better? Dogs, of course! Every November thousands of dogs and dog lovers come together to celebrate at New Mexico’s biggest party for pets & people. As Animal Humane’s largest fundraiser, Doggie Dash & Dawdle has honored the unique bond between pets & people for the last 35 years! From medical treatment to behavioral support your gift will ensure that homeless pets, like Liberty, have access to the vital resources and support services they need to live happy, healthy lives. Your compassionate giving also extends beyond our shelter walls and into your local community. Your generosity supports our humane education and outreach efforts, and ensures that at-risk pets have access to needed services—such as our Pet Food Bank, low-cost community Pet Health Fairs and quality medical care at our Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinc. Please make a gift today! It will not only help up us reach our $300,000 fundraising goal, it will also allow thousands of homeless and at-risk pets to find joy, adventure and purpose with a new best friend!
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.