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Animal Welfare Employee Educates Goes Above and Beyond to Educate Community

Employee of the Week: Iris Goddard

February 24, 2017

Albuquerque, NM- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Corporal Iris Goddard from the Animal Welfare Department, as this week’s Employee of the Week for educating professionals and kids regarding the proper care and treatment for animals in the Albuquerque community.

For more than six years, Goddard has provided animal care education to an estimated 120 kids from elementary school to high school age. Over the years, she has lectured in several elementary schools and at Camp Humane, a summer camp hosted by the Animal Humane Society. She also volunteered her time to educate adults on how to better care for animals by spending time talking with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and the New Mexico State Probation Officers.

In her continued efforts in public education, Goddard has worked to improve the Department’s Pet School class curriculum. Pet School is a court-ordered class for citizens who have violated the City’s Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and Treatment Ordinance. Goddard does all of this education and training in addition to her day to day duties Goddard has an impressive tenure with the Animal Welfare Department.

Throughout her career she has completed 593 calls for service and 20 calls for neglect, was the lead officer in a cockfighting investigation and busted an Albuquerque resident in a dog fighting ring.

It is in large part to Goddard’s continued work and improvement of the Pet School class curriculum, the community is better equipped to care for their animals. It is for these reasons that Corporal Iris Goddard has been recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque’s Employee of the Week.


Under Mayor Richard Berry’s administration, the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare department has been able to implement many effective programs and policy changes. From 2009 to 2016 the shelter decreased euthanasia by 78.33%, saw a 34.12% reduction in intake, and increased spay and neuter efforts citywide. These changes have made Albuquerque a more pet friendly city than it already is…Not to mention saving thousands of lives. For more information about Lucky Paws please visit: