love & lessons to last you a lifetime
Dec12

love & lessons to last you a lifetime

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!

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help Liberty reach her Doggie Dash & Dawdle fundraising goal!
Oct16

help Liberty reach her Doggie Dash & Dawdle fundraising goal!

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!

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one pet at a time. thousands a year.
Sep11

one pet at a time. thousands a year.

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 [...]

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Have you ever needed a second chance?
Aug02

Have you ever needed a second chance?

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.

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Summer Heat Safety
Jun27

Summer Heat Safety

Make a one-time donation: Submit Imagine your beloved pet, panting and shaking, unable to move or escape the heat as the temperature around them rises quickly to unbearable and eventually deadly, levels.  Sadly, thousands of people each summer leave their pets in the car only to return to the scene above. If these pets are lucky, and their owners return in time, a trip to the emergency vet might save their life. For other pets, it is often too late. If you find a pet in this life-threatening situation, try locating the owner and call 911, rather than the nonemergency line. In Albuquerque, pets trapped in sweltering cars are considered a priority call. If possible, stay until authorities arrive to monitor the pet’s condition. Your support today is so important! It is your generous giving that allows Animal Humane to help spread the word about the dangers of summer heat and ensure that pet parents across New Mexico are aware of the dangers posed to their cats and dogs. Please make a gift today to help us protect these vulnerable pets — not only this summer but all year long. To download an educational flyer to share—or to place on the windshield of a car with a pet inside, please click here.

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agility. a healthy addiction.
May31

agility. a healthy addiction.

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 [...]

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