The Berry Administration has reached a deal with Coronado Mall management allowing Lucky Paws to remain open for the next year.
Despite a sagging economy and the most difficult budget in the city’s history, the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department has found a way to keep Lucky Paws in Coronado Mall open for the foreseeable future.
The current FY2011 budget calls for the closure of Lucky Paws in order to open the new spay/neuter clinic at the Eastside Shelter. Through a cooperative agreement with Coronado Mall management the popular adoption center will remain open, saving thousands of animals’ lives.
“When private business and government entities work together, we can do great things on behalf of the taxpayers and the abandoned animals that come through our shelters each year,” Mayor Richard J. Berry said. “The partnership with Coronado Mall is one that I am grateful for and look forward to enriching.”
Lucky Paws made history when it became the nation’s first municipally-owned pet adoption store. Since its opening in February 2007, it has saved the lives of 6,691 pets (through September 1, 2010).
“We are fortunate that Coronado Mall has been understanding of our budget challenges and, as good corporate citizens, are willing to help us help the homeless animals of Albuquerque, “said Animal Welfare Department Director Barbara Bruin.
In addition, some private citizens have come forward and started a “Save Lucky Paws” effort. The citizens have launched a website aimed at raising funds to keep Lucky Paws open.
For more information or to donate, residents can go to www.saveluckypaws.org or they can mail donations to Save Lucky Paws, P.O. Box 53301, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87153.