Launched in 2009, Project Fetch is a flagship program that demonstrates our shelter’s commitment to serving homeless pets throughout our state. The program was conceived as a means of saving more lives and sharing knowledge and resources with animal rescue partners throughout New Mexico.
In many parts of our state, particularly in rural areas, homeless pets reside in overcrowded and underfunded shelters; the lack of dedicated resources, combined with the void of spay/neuter ordinances — and in some instances a lack of veterinarians — leads to high euthanasia rates in these communities. Animal Humane’s Project Fetch Team partners with rescue groups and municipal and private shelters statewide, granting pets a second chance at finding forever homes. Transferred pets may have recently become strays or been abandoned in other parts of New Mexico; or in some instances, resided at partner shelters for 1-2 years before coming to Animal Humane and finding new homes in a few days or weeks.
From 2009-2017, over 10,000 pets have made the life-saving journey from such areas as Aztec, Chama, Espanola, Gallup, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Roswell, , Taos, Torrance County and Valencia County. We also routinely partner with municipal shelters in Albuquerque, Corrales, Los Ranchos & Rio Rancho.
Our 2017 Fiscal Year transfer total reached 1,703 cats and dogs — with 446 pets coming from our closest partner at the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department.
For more details on becoming a Project Fetch partner, to receive our transfer protocols or schedule a visit to learn more about our life-saving practices, please contact Sam Blankenship, Adoption Operations Director at 505.938.7901 or [email protected]