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Pet of the Week Featured on the Barbara Bruin Radio Show Saturday at 7:30 am on 93.7 FM / AM 1600 KIVA

Pet of the Week – June 24, 2017
ID# A1755806 – Stella is a 10 year-old female Himalayan. Stella has been affectionately dubbed "Queen Elizabeth I" by those who care for her, because it's either Stella's way or no way at all! She is the ruler of her kingdom (which is actually just a room here at the shelter), but she is hoping to rule over somewhere much more significant: like your home! Stella loves to munch on cat treats, and enjoys brief head scratches. She also has a great purr motor! Stella will let you know when she wants a bit of attention, and when she wants to be left alone. She would do best in a quiet, adult home as the only pet. Visit Stella at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Eastside, 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

Rescue Pet Adoption Stories


Mork and Yogi
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Bomber and Sleepy
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My Name is Earl
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A Loving Life for Molly
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The Saga of Charlotte Mrs. Bean
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How To Reduce Euthanasia in Animal Shelters


A Life Saving Program for Shy Dogs – Part 1
One of the saddest challenges were dogs in our shelter who were shy or particularly frightened.  Previously they would be killed,[...]
Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) A Bold Initiative That Produced Results
One of our boldest, most innovative, and successful initiatives was embracing Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) as a way to manage the free-roaming[...]
An Effective Foster Program Is Crucial
A successful foster program was crucial to many of the life-saving programs we implemented.  First and foremost, a foster program[...]
A Guiding Principle to Address a Big Problem
One of the guiding principles that helped me address the problems at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department was to be[...]
The Journey to Reduce Euthanasia at Our Shelter Begins
When I walked into the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department as its new director on December 1, 2009, it was a[...]

The Results of Our Efforts from 2009 - 2016

Euthanasia Reduction

83.57 %

Intake Reduction

34.11 %

Barbara Bruin

Animal Lover and Advocate

About the Author

I was one of those people who couldn't stand to go to "the pound" because I was haunted and overwhelmed by the number of animals and knowing that many of them wouldn't get out alive.

John Doe UI/UX Designer

Wally got Lalo from the shelter, brought him home, and to this day he has not been sick once. He is a bit of a scaredy cat but he’s loving and talkative and a big part of the family since all of our kids are gone. We couldn’t be more indebted to Barbara for saving our cat and so many others through her foster program.

Carol Wight
John Doe UI/UX Designer

Gabriel’s story is just one of many true stories of our shelter animals. Gabriel would not have had a story had it not been for Barbara Bruin. Our family would have missed out on such a beautiful blessing.

Mary Jaynes