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Rescue Pet Adoption Stories


Travelin’ Jack, New Mexico’s Canine Travel Reporter Adopts Oscar the Cat!
Here is the story of how Travelin' Jack (the dog) adopted Oscar the Cat. This story shows how preconceived notions[...]
Bomber and Sleepy
We will always be grateful for the gifts we have in our home, Bomber and Sleepy.  Bomber did not have[...]
My Name is Earl
I remember the Saturday I got a call from Barbara Bruin asking me if I would foster, as she had[...]
A Loving Life for Molly
We are blessed to be the ‘parents’ of the most amazing fur-baby, Molly.  She came to us by way of[...]
The Saga of Charlotte Mrs. Bean
Charlotte Mrs. Bean was one of the most forlorn sights in the shelter.  So obese she had to reside in[...]
My Best Friend Gabriel
This is my best friend Gabriel. Gabriel was brought in to the Albuquerque Westside shelter as a "stray" by Animal[...]

How To Reduce Euthanasia in Animal Shelters


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