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ASPCA Partnership Program Awarded $236,740 Grant Second Year

ASPCA-funded partnership helps increase adoptions and decrease intakes in Albuquerque community

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and Animal Humane New Mexico completed their second year of a successful partnership.  In 2014, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) awarded the Albuquerque community with its first Community Partners grant and our community has been awarded this honor each year since, including a generous 2016 grant which will be used to increase adoptions, focus on re-homing efforts and decrease owned animal surrenders to our shelters.

In the second year of the Partnership, Animal Humane New Mexico and the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department continued several successful initiatives that helped make significant progress toward reducing the number of dogs and cats entering shelters, including:

  • Free Pet Health Fairs for zip codes 87105, 87108 and 87121, which provided 440 families and 728 pets with 1,179 free vaccinations and 448 free microchips.
  • Free spay/neuter surgeries for at-risk dogs including Chihuahuas, Pit Bull types, and dogs over 40 lbs.  A total of 756 pets were spayed and neutered, representing 126% of the second year goal of 600 surgeries.

Together in 2015, Albuquerque partners succeeded in placing more homeless cats and dogs in homes than in 2014, despite increased intake numbers over the previous year.

Due to this increase, our third year Community Partnership is offering six (6) additional Pet Health Fairs.  In 2016, the Pet Health Fairs will also expand to residents of 87123, widening access to this much needed resource to more members of our community.  These events have proven to be a vital resource to community members by increasing access to medical care for pets.  In fact, a study released by the ASPCA® at the end of 2015 found that one of the tops reason for re-homing one’s pet was not being able to afford veterinary care.

In addition to the Pet Health Fairs, in 2016, the Community Partnership will further work on decreasing owned animal intakes at our shelters by beginning a highly needed Intake Prevention program.  This program will provide owners with alternatives to surrendering their pets and help the pets to stay in loving homes.  The Partners will also continue low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for at-risk dogs.

To accomplish the goal of increasing adoptions of shelter pets community-wide, the Partnership will hold a joint adoption event in June to Klear the Kennels.  The Partners will also begin an online marketing campaign designed to promote adoptable pets and increase foot traffic at their 5 combined locations.  The Albuquerque Community Partnership has received $236,740 in valuable funding from the ASPCA® for 2016 to help fund these planned initiatives.  The grant monies over the 3 year Community Partnership totals $647,387.

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation's leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA's mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services.