Animal Humane has rehomed pets since 1965. In recent years, with valuable support from the ASPCA and in partnership with the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD), we’ve richly expanded our resources to keep pets with their owners.
2017 marks the 4th year of our innovative ASPCA Community Partnership in collaboration with our valued colleagues at AWD. To date, the ASPCA’s Partnership investment in Albuquerque exceeds $823,000 and has funded numerous efforts that reduce the risk of owner surrender.
Through the ASPCA’s generosity, our teams have developed Safety Net services to:
• Build and repair fencing so that beloved dogs do not escape and risk injury or displacement from their families.
• Cover rental deposits, so that this financial barrier is eliminated.
• Offer community Pet Health Fairs in low-income neighborhoods where pet owners receive collars, leashes, harnesses, microchips, vaccinations, and vouchers for $10 spay/neuter services.
• Award medical vouchers for emergency veterinary care.
• Provide behavior consultations, so that undesirable habits are replaced with enduring traits.
Our unique Partnership programming has granted much needed access to resources that have helped thousands of families and their treasured pets dating back to 2014. In turn, the gratitude felt by people served has strengthened our relationship with them, as they now view Animal Humane as a trusted partner; equally important, as owners rely on our services they are simultaneously increasing their bonds with the pets that fill their lives with joy.
In addition to focusing on keeping beloved pets out of shelters, the ASPCA funds effective promotional efforts and care packages for pets that benefit from extra resources to aid acclimation in new homes. Our highly successful event, Klear The Kennels, an Animal Humane/Animal Welfare Department joint adoption promotion placed 261cats & dogs in loving homes in just 72 hours last June! Our creative pet promotions continue year-round as increased marketing highlights long-term (100+ day) residents.
Our Partnership efforts that began in 2014, have led to a community-wide Live Release Rate of 88.5%, a remarkable level that stands at the forefront for communities our size nationwide. Many hands, hearts & heads were behind this achievement, and two that deserve special recognition are our ASPCA Partnership funded positions held by Leah Remkes & Melissa Hubbell.
“I love meeting the families who are so proud to introduce us to their pets during our Pet Health Fairs! Visiting these communities allows us to begin positive relationships with those who may have never heard of Animal Humane and, through our Spay/Neuter and Safety Net program, we are able to become a pet care resource for those who need us most.” Leah Remkes, Partnership Outreach Manager
“Because of the Partnership, we’ve grown closer ties with AWD through joint adoption promotions as well a
s our combined efforts in our Safety Net program. I’m proud that we are able to work together to keep families intact when they think that their only option is surrender, because we are able to make much more of an impact in our community when we are united with the goal of helping pets and their people.” Melissa Hubbell, Partnership Adoption Events Manager
Adopting homeless pets is one side of the equation. Keeping pets with their owners is the other. With ASPCA’s continued funding, inventive programs and collaborations with AWD, our community is addressing animal welfare from both sides. This is truly an achievement we can all celebrate… as we reached this new frontier together.
With profound appreciation for your continued investment in our life-saving work,
Donna M. Stumpf