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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 […]

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Pet of the Week – June 17, 2017

ID# A1761324 – TayTay is a 2 year-old female Domestic Longhair who has the loudest purr motor in town. She LOVES to have her head scratched, and would probably make a perfect apartment pet. TayTay is very people-oriented and simply lights up when someone pays attention to her. TayTay can be a bit shy, so […]

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Pet of the Week – June 10, 2017

ID#1145502—Gracie is an 8 year-old female Jack Russell Terrier mix. When you meet Gracie, you’d never guess she was 8! She is full of spunk and still loves to play. Gracie is very social, affectionate, and enjoys cuddling on your lap. Gracie can wag her tail so fast that it can’t even be seen by […]

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Pet of the Week June 3, 2017

ID# A1758805 – Foxy Cleo is a 13 year-old female Longhair Chihuahua mix who weighs 15 pounds. Foxy Cleo was brought to us by a good Samaritan who found her after she had sustained serious injuries from an animal attack. The vets at the shelter worked diligently to put her back together, and she has […]

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Mork and Yogi

I’ll never forget the day I met Yogi aka Dustie. He was at the Westside shelter in one of the large kennels in D building. His sweet face and big ears caught my attention. He would sit quietly by his kennel door and just stare at you with his beautiful brown eyes. He was my first […]

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A Life Saving Program for Shy Dogs – Part 1

  • a couple of months ago /
  • By Admin

One of the saddest challenges were dogs in our shelter who were shy or particularly frightened.  Previously they would be killed, as they were not considered adoptable.  They were so traumatized by the noisy, chaotic shelter, and the sudden shocking change in their circumstances, that they would cower at the back of their cage and avoid […]

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Travelin’ Jack, New Mexico’s Canine Travel Reporter Adopts Oscar the Cat!

  • a couple of months ago /
  • By Admin

Here is the story of how Travelin’ Jack (the dog) adopted Oscar the Cat. This story shows how preconceived notions of who can successfully adopt animals may need to be reconsidered. In case you haven’t heard of Travelin’ Jack here is a link to his blog (yes a dog with a blog) and the story […]

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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 cat population. Previously Trap and Kill had been the policy, which had done nothing to reduce the number of unwanted cats in our community. Each year, thousands of feral cats were trapped, brought to AWD, […]

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Top 5 Ways to Reduce Euthanasia in Animal Shelters

Reducing euthanasia in animal shelters takes focus, but it is doable.  Here are the top 5 ways I found that really work. Embed This Infographic on Your Website <a href=”http://barbarabruin.com/top-5-ways-to-reduce-euthanasia-in-animal-shelters” title=”Top 5 Ways to Reduce Euthanasia in Animal Shelters”><img src=”http://barbarabruin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/barbarabruininfo.png”style=”max-width: 100%” alt=”Top 5 Ways to Reduce Euthanasia in Animal Shelters Infographic by Barbara Bruin” /></a>Learn […]

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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 was critical to saving kittens and puppies who were not big enough to thrive in the shelter and had to grow before they could be adopted out. Getting a litter of kittens – or momma […]

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