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Getting Our Message Out Into The Community

  • a couple of months ago
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One of the most important changes, which was pivotal to the success of many of our initiatives, was implementing an effective marketing program.  The addition of Desiree Cawley, a multi-talented marketing director, was a major milestone.  Desiree’s hiring in 2011 brought creativity and energy to our communication and outreach programs and helped lay the foundation for […]

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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, 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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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.

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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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A Guiding Principle to Address a Big Problem

Share0 Share +10 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 One of the guiding principles that helped me address the problems at the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department was to be hands-on, and to get all possible information regarding the challenges confronting us. What was amazing is that apparently I was the first director in recent memory, or perhaps ever, […]

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The Journey to Reduce Euthanasia at Our Shelter Begins

Share0 Share +10 Tweet0 Share0 Pin0 When I walked into the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department as its new director on December 1, 2009, it was a very sad and shocking place. Animals were being killed by the thousands for treatable diseases. Dogs were being killed for pretextual behavior reasons, or for no reason at all, […]

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