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Success at Animal Welfare

Euthanasia and intake have plummeted in the past six years.

By Barbara Bruin

Animal Welfare Department has just completed the most successful six years in our history. During that time, we went from being "the pound" to being a shelter where each animal that comes through our doors is treated with care and compassion.

Euthanasia has plummeted 78% - from 10,347 animals in 2009 to 2,424 animals in 2015. We also reduced intake dramatically - from 26,667 animals in 2009 to 18,380 animals in 2015. Some of the programs and policy changes that have made a difference include:

  • Trap/neuter/return of feral cats
  • Increased spay/neuter for public animals
  • Not euthanizing animals for treatable diseases
  • Intervention - offering folks resources, including behavior advice, so they don‟t have to surrender their pet
  • Dog training for adopted dogs to reduce returns
  • Shy Dog Program and Fraidy Cat Program
  • Pit Bull Ambassador Program
  • Creation of a foster program for at-risk animals, including puppies and kittens
  • Rescue Program and transport
  • Creative marketing

We plan to continue our success and do all we can to guarantee a bright future for Albuquerque's animals.