The dogs at AWD often stay for months in their kennels. There are no programs being implemented to keep them sane.
A handful of dedicated staff and volunteers do the best they can, but they are too few in number to meet the needs of hundreds of animals. Those who don't make it out before they decompensate mentally and often physically, stay in confinement until they become unadoptable and they are then euthanized.
They suffer from temperature extremes in summer and winter, due to the HVAC system being in abject disrepair. They suffer from wounds caused by disinfectant or from metal parts of a kennel that cut them. They break open the flesh on their tails from wagging and banging it against the walls of the too narrow living space. Their wounds often become infested with maggots.
They lose weight from not getting enough food, or from being unable to digest it due to stress. They live in vermin infested buildings and their water becomes contaminated from droppings and insulation.
These issues are common, known to the leadership of the shelter and little if anything at all is being done about it. Please speak up for them. They live in hell, and we can do better. Click on the photos below to get a good look at what our tax dollars are doing to our dogs in the shelter.
The shelter spends a good deal of time and money on their forward facing appearance. They add new furniture and paint things. They give carefully curated and guided tours to various groups that do not spotlight the needs of the animals in care of the shelter. But the photos above and the upcoming additions to this website are real. They are recent. This is the truth for the pets living in the shelter. The conditions change who they are. We have got to do better by the pets of Albuquerque.
We need an aggressive spay neuter program.
We need adequate housing.
We need adequate staffing to care for the animals appropriately.
We need a volunteer program with leadership that focuses on volunteer support
We need an adoption and transfer department that focuses on getting the pets to a better place quickly.
We need to care. We need to be proactive.
We need to find a way.