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Animal Welfare Employee Runs Initiative to Help Homeless Pets

Employee of the Week: Corporal Kathryn Waite, Animal Welfare Department

Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded Corporal Kathryn Waite, a Field Services Officer for the Animal Welfare Department, for her ambition to help the homeless population care for their animal companions. During her 10 years with the department, Corporal Waite’s passion to help Albuquerque’s canine and feline friends has only grown stronger.

Over the past year and a half, Corporal Waite has been running an initiative she named Operation Street Dog which helps care for pets who have owners who are experiencing homelessness or are low income. The program provides homeless and low income individuals with pet food, blankets, animal sweaters, collars, leashes, and vouchers for vaccinations and spay/neuter services.

Corporal Waite has partnered with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center as a distribution center for the resources and a donation drop off center. The program receives funding and donations from individuals around the community as well as some pet supply stores around town.

Corporal Waite estimates that in a year and a half the program has aided by:

  • Helping over 100 homeless pets
  • Distributing thousands of pounds of cat and dog food
  • Dispensing over 50 vouchers for medical care for pets
  • Giving approximately 50 sweaters and blankets to keep pets warm in the winter

Through her job at Animal Welfare, Corporal Waite recognized a need in the community and took it upon herself to start the initiative to address this problem. Through her actions and spirit, Corporal Kathryn Waite displayed the dedication and compassion she harbors for the animals in our community. It is for these reasons that she has been selected as this week’s City of Albuquerque Employee of the Week.