The Issue: Health and Comfort of Rescued Dogs
In 2011, the national average of live release rates for dogs and cats living in shelters was 65%, according to data from Maddie's Fund. In 2012, Animal Humane New Mexico found permanent, loving homes for 92% of the dogs living in its shelter. Part of the reason for this success is the care the shelter takes to prepare canines for their future homes. While awaiting adoption, the rescued dogs receive personal attention from volunteers, socialization in play groups, and support from an in-house behavior specialist. The shelter is currently undergoing a massive renovation plan to upgrade all of its pet housing, including "real life rooms" for dogs to maximize their mental and physical health.
The Campaign: Purchasing Kuranda Dog Beds for Shelter
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Animal Humane New Mexico to purchase orthopedic "Kuranda" beds for rescued dogs awaiting adoption at its shelter. For every $80 raised, Animal Humane New Mexico can purchase one medium-sized dog bed.
The dog beds will be placed inside a "real life room"—a clean, private, and soundproofed environment that supports canines' mental and physical health. For rescued dogs living in the shelter, a comfortable bed is key to feeling calm and safe. Kuranda beds are ideal for the shelter environment, as they are easy to clean, chew-proof, and orthopedic.
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Animal Humane New Mexico
Animal Humane New Mexico envisions a society in which every animal is treated with compassion and respect. The shelter takes in cats and dogs from other New Mexico shelters and creates a loving, safe environment for them as they await adoption. Along with adoption services, Animal Humane New Mexico has a wide range of programs to help improve the lives of cats and dogs in New Mexico. This includes humane education for youth and adults, an off-site adoption program for adult cats, and a state-wide database to help people find spay/neuter clinics in their area, to name a few. Animal Humane New Mexico also teaches private and group behavior training classes run by experienced behavior specialists. Along with staff members, more than 400 volunteers play a huge role in caring for animals at the shelter, from walking and playing with dogs to providing fresh water and clean bedding throughout the day.