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Mayor to Renovate Eastside Animal Shelter

Kennel upgrades start

March 7, 2017

Albuquerque, NM- Mayor Richard J. Berry, Animal Welfare, and the Department of Municipal Development, are pleased to announce that they have broken ground on Kennel D improvements.  

The Eastside Animal Shelter’s project consists of the renovation of the existing 4,879 square foot kennel building with 74 kennels and construction of a new 1,875 square foot kennel building with 20 kennels to the east of the existing Kennel.

The renovation of the kennel will include new radiant heating, and new cooling and ventilation systems to comply with the City’s HEART Ordinance. The HEART Ordinance was adopted by City Council in 2006 and endeavors to protect animals throughout the City through humane treatment and appropriate boarding facilities. Notably, to further comply with the HEART Ordinance, a fully automatic sprinkler system will be installed in both kennels buildings for the protection of the animals.

“The Animal Welfare Department has seen great success over the past seven years,” said Mayor Berry. “The amazing staff have worked hard to drop our euthanasia rate, increase spay and neuters, and adopt a record number of pets. This project will further our efforts in being a model department for our community as we reaffirm our commitment to the wellbeing of our furry friends in Albuquerque.”

This $1.8 million project will take approximately 10 months and is being paid for with GO Bonds and State Grant Funding. The contractor working on this project is Anissa Construction and Mullen Architects.

In addition to the announcement of the groundbreaking, Mayor Berry named the facility “Kennel Q” in honor of the late Terrie Q. Sayre.

Mayor Berry added, “The impact that Terrie had on our community as a champion for animals is immeasurable. By dedicating this new facility to her and her name, her passion will live on through the work we do to ensure the wellbeing of all that are in our care and to help all pets find their forever homes.”

“This is yet another example of the dedication of Mayor Berry for our Animal population. The time, effort, and funds to take this 30-year old kennel and transform it into a state-of-the-art animal care facility would not be a reality were it not for the tireless efforts of the AWD and DMD staffs in concert with the Administration,” said Paul Caster, Director of the Animal Welfare Department.  “Together our team is improving the care and lives of Albuquerque’s pets by moving Animal Welfare into the 21st century and creating a legacy of compassionate leadership for future generations to emulate.”

This project is the latest in a number of largely utilized projects that have been built under the Berry Administration. Since 2009, the City has invested over $500M in the community through over 440 projects like the Albuquerque Convention Center, Unser Central Library and Lead and Coal Improvements.

Under Mayor Berry’s watch, 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 and have saved countless lives.

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