When Peggy Weigle interviewed me in late 2006, she asked me what I was looking for. I told her I was looking for a place where I could make a difference, a position that challenged me, and a chance to see the impact of my work, combined with others, right before my eyes. As I inch toward my 1st year anniversary as Executive Director of Animal Humane, I see more clearly what we accomplish together each day. Our 2016 Fiscal Year statistics reached amazing heights: from rehoming 4,134 pets and achieving a 93% Live Release Rate, to treating over 4,200 owned pets in our campus Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic — so that each is healthy and spending the holidays with their owners — to inspiring our youth with life-changing lessons through nearly 9,000 hours of valuable instruction, and reaching $809,975 in sales at our Thrift Shop. All of these achievements were only made possible with your support! In addition to our shared accomplishments, what continues to impress me most is the variety of ways that pets arrive at our shelter — the unique circumstances that surround each — and how our team stands at the ready to respond to the needs of these pets, their owners and in some cases, the advocates for each of these cats and dogs. We met Nemo at the Valencia County Animal Shelter during a Project Fetch transfer. Nemo was initially so fearful we had to carry him outdoors. Our Behavior Team saturated him with enrichment activities and introduced him to playgroups. And it was his natural curiosity (and high-value treats) that helped Nemo gain confidence and graduate from our Behavior Modification program in 10 short days. During this time, he went from pancaking on the floor in fear to seeking interactions from our team to discovering the joys of being a dog! And two short weeks later, Nemo left our shelter to go live his new life with a loving family. Jiffy Pop's journey took a twist when a kind and concerned Albuquerque citizen trapped him and drove him to our shelter. Upon arrival, we quickly determined that Jiffy Pop had ringworm and was immediately introduced to our Animal Care Supervisors, Yuri Pryor & Armando Vargas. These talented Team members have successfully treated 100+ felines since our Feline Ringworm Treatment Ward opened in June 2014 thanks to a generous gift by Sandy Gold. “Since Jiffy Pop was a stray, initially he was fearful of being handled. But several weeks into his treatment, he blossomed. He approached the front of his cage and waited expectantly for food, as well as his bi-weekly Lyme Sulphur baths. He tolerated the baths very well, and after 17 dips over 2½ months, Jiffy Pop was released as a well-socialized and friendly kitty,” says Yuri. Mr. Pop was adopted 30 days later! In January 2014, I had the privilege of introducing a 98-year-old dog lover to five shelter dogs, in the hopes that one would become her perfect companion. Each dog was expertly selected by our Behavior Manager, Trevor Driggs, and a private room was set up for introductions. We only made it to "dog #3" before the selection process came to a halt and the oldest adopter in our history quickly left with Fido — a sweet, black 4-year-old Chihuahua. The two bonded instantly. This past summer, Fido was returned to our care as his owner, now 100½, was nearing the end of her life. When her conservator who had reached out to me in 2014 emailed saying, “It’s time for Fido to come back to you,” I said, “Name [...]
Make a one-time donation: Submit On a cold night last winter, a good Samaritan found newborn Rose and her six siblings in a box, abandoned in a remote area of town. Arriving malnourished and undersized, Rose and her littermates were each carefully nurtured by our Foster Care Team until they were adopted. Thanks to you, we sheltered over 4,000 homeless pets this year and provided them the care and love they needed to find their forever homes. Our work is not finished. While thousands of pets have been saved in 2016, more will need your help in 2017. This holiday season, you have the opportunity to double your impact on the lives of New Mexico’s homeless pets! A generous group of donors has committed to matching $20,000 in gifts made by December 31. Today, Rose is healthy, happy and most importantly — loved! She is creating wonderful memories with her new family thanks to the support of compassionate individuals like you and our dedicated Team who helped her blossom and thrive. Your generosity transforms lives. Thank you for making a real difference this holiday season.
Make a one-time donation: Submit Spaz, a spirited 6-month-old puppy arrived at Animal Humane with severe injuries to his hind leg. Kept on a makeshift chain of thin wire, the sweet Labrador cross had somehow wrapped the wire around his leg, causing deep cuts and exposed bone. With the wonderful support of generous donors like you, Animal Humane was able to immediately treat Spaz’s wounds and the cuddly canine recovered quickly and was soon adopted into a loving home. Thanks to you, we have already sheltered nearly 4,000 homeless pets this year and provided them the care and love they needed to find a home for the holidays. However, our work is not finished. Spaz is spending the winter surrounded by warmth and love, but other pets still need your help. Your donation today will help cats and dogs still searching for the comfort of the season receive the care and attention they need to find their perfect people. Your generosity will transform their lives, while they are in our care and beyond. Thank you for giving the gift of hope this holiday season.
Make a one-time donation: Submit As a caring pet friend, you already know that having a cat or dog is about more than just giving them a safe and loving home with nutritious food and a comfortable bed — it’s about spending quality time together, creating memories, and sharing life’s ups and downs. For 33 years, Animal Humane New Mexico has commemorated the special bond we enjoy with our feline and canine companions at our signature fundraising event, Doggie Dash & Dawdle. On Sunday, November 6, 2016, our 34th Annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle will celebrate all the ways we share our lives with pets. We hope you will join us in celebration by registering or making a donation in honor of the thousands of pets who — because of your help — will experience their first ever evening walk, movie night, Saturday hike, study session or afternoon nap with their new best friend. By supporting Doggie Dash, you are helping Animal Humane give pets everything they need to transition from homelessness and uncertainty to a new family and security. Your donation, at any level, helps provide quality medical treatment, nutritious food, comfortable lodging, behavior and enrichment activities and oodles of love for the pets in our care. Thank you for your dedication, and we hope to see you on November 6! New This Year: Agility Demonstrations, Bernalillo County K-9 Unit appearances, Small Dog Sprint, Pup-arazzi Photo Booth, Inflatable Human Spheres!
Make a one-time donation: Submit Juju, a senior Tabby, came to us in need of a fresh start. The 7-year-old feline was transferred from another shelter, with nothing known about her past. Upon meeting her, however, we knew two things: she was beautiful, and she was very shy. While it took a fair amount of coaxing in those early days, Juju slowly came out of her shell, showing a spirited personality that belied her years. To showcase her unique charm, we placed Juju in our Cats Around Town (CAT) adoption program at the Albuquerque Cat Clinic. There, our CAT partners did an excellent job socializing Juju and increasing her comfort level around people. A month later, a woman met Juju and just knew she’d be a perfect companion for a friend. Upon meeting, the two fell in love and Juju was adopted by her wonderful pet parent. Your generosity allows us to give shy cats like Juju the time, love and support they need to find their way to their perfect forever home. A big thank you to our Adoptions Team, CAT partner Albuquerque Cat Clinic, and our amazing donors for helping to write this happy ending for Juju. Together, we give many more pets a second chance and a fresh start.
Make a one-time donation: Submit We all know the power that cats and dogs have to lavish affection on their families. But some pets astound us with their ability to love — even after unimaginable trauma. One such special dog, named Sophie, reminded us all that a second chance, whether granted or received, is an incredible gift. Sophie was brought to Animal Humane by a woman who found the Labrador/Hound mix in her backyard. When our Clinic Team examined Sophie, they discovered that her face and jaw were riddled with shrapnel. We suspect Sophie had either been shot or that something exploded close to her face. Our dedicated Clinic Team carefully removed each metal fragment, allowing Sophie to begin the next chapter of her life free from pain and fear. A few months later, Sophie’s capacity to love and trust again was richly rewarded. A retired veteran named Terry, himself wounded during the Vietnam War, met Sophie and the pair took to each other immediately. Because of your passionate support, Sophie found her perfect companion and Terry found a resilient dog eager to love again. Thank you for gracing Sophie, and thousands more pets like her, with a second chance at a new life.