Wednesday, November 21, 2012

UPDATE - Collage and his mom are very happy to have found each other, and now Topaz has also found someone to love! What a thrill to see these wonderful dogs who were hours away from euthanasia, now in loving homes. This is what it's all about!

I just got a message that Henry and Autumn were adopted from Blackhat Humane Society.

The adorable puppies in Gallup are going to Colorado this week where they will no doubt get great homes. Their mom, Poppy, is available through Bro and Tracy.

As far as I know Lita and Dottie are still available.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Kayenta Animal Care, Kayenta, Arizona

Blackhat, Chinle, Arizona:

McKinley County, Gallup, New Mexico

In my part of the country, New Mexico and parts of Arizona, too many animals often suffer neglect and abuse, but that does not mean that there are not hundreds – even thousands - of dedicated people working to save individuals while also striving to inspire others to respect and care for our fellow beings. Tourists traveling through the area assume that nobody cares, and unfortunately, even some who live here and work in rescue are not supportive of the efforts of others.

Since its founding in 2000, Bro & Tracy Animal Welfare has worked with other rescues and shelters to support and encourage them and the animals in their care. Too often the blame for the problems of overpopulation falls on the very people who are devoted to improving the lives of the animals. It is discouraging for them to be told that they are not doing it right. I plan to travel through this area to meet some of the individuals and organizations that are working to make a difference.

A few days ago I visited the Kayenta Animal Care Center in Kayenta, Arizona where I met Dr. Begaye. She took a few minutes between the spay/neuter surgeries she was performing to talk with me. She was understandably concerned about my motives and what I might say about them and yet hopeful that I might be different from others who have passed through with offers of help but only gave criticism. I could easily understand her mistrust of me as I read the letters she shared with me, letters she had received, not only from tourists, but also from those like me who are actively involved in animal rescue, vitriolic letters tearing up the Navajo Nation and all its people. And yet, she then asked someone to help me photograph the beautiful friendly dogs in the shelter.

On my way home to Corrales I met other people who are doing their best for the animals, Cindy Yurth with Blackhat rescue in Chinle, Arizona, and the staff of the McKinley County shelter in Gallup, New Mexico. 

So many of these dogs from all 3 of these places I wish I could adopt myself or at least foster, but all I can do is hope that someone will see one of these photos and recognize the dog who is meant to be his or her special companion.

Here are some of the dogs from Kayenta and Chinle, Arizona and Gallup, New Mexico, just a few of those who would make such wonderful lifetime companions for some lucky person if given the chance. Please see our website and our Facebook page for more photos of dogs from all of these shelters.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Update: Collage has been adopted! Dottie, Lita and Topaz are still waiting for those special people who will love them.

MOLLIE - ID#A1655631
Shelter staff named me MOLLIE and I am a spayed female,black and white Border Collie mix.

I have been available for adoption since Oct 02, 2012.

The shelter thinks I am about 1 year and 1 month old..

I have been at the shelter since Sep 27, 2012.

For more information about this animal, call:
Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department - Westside at (505) 768-1975
Ask for information about animal ID number A1655631

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Update: ChiChi and Bobbi were adopted from the city. I hope they are both in loving homes. Topaz and Collage are still available through RezDogs. Lita is available through PACA and Dottie is available through Zia Australian shepherds.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A volunteer at the eastside emailed me about a purebred Aussie who was surrendered by her owner for being "too energetic". (People just don't do their homework.) So, I went to meet Dorothy who is very friendly and well-behaved. During our short meeting/photo session she was calm and made every effort to do what was asked.

I cannot at this time take in any foster dogs. I have no choice but to say "no" to all. If I could take one, it would be very hard to decide between Dorothy at the Eastside, Topaz or Collage in Gallup, or Lita who must go somewhere very soon. If only I could take all of them! If only someone would see this message and want to adopt one of them!

Dottie is now with Zia Australian shepherds. See her contact info at <>

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This morning I hug my 6 dogs and think about the other dogs I meet every day who just want somebody to love.

Yesterday in the Gallup pound a dog was lying on his bed at the back of his kennel. He rolled over and asked me to rub his belly. I said, "I can't reach you from here". He got up and came to the wire fence and pressed against it for me to touch him. He wagged his tail and licked my fingers.

They told me he had been there too long and he was going to be put down. I hope that I have succeeded in buying some time for him. I'm calling him Topaz. I think he is a gem.

I am thinking about how happy he could be this morning if only he had someone to love, and how happy that person could be to love him.

Lita has been in and out of pounds more than once in her young life. She needs a chance at a real home, or at least a good foster home. She is very loving, smart and eager to please.

I responded to her especially because she reminds me very much of our dog Tracy, who along with Bro, motivated me to to get involved in rescue.

Lita is now with PACA in a temporary foster home. She needs a permanent home soon! To Meet LITA, contact: Trish 505.907.3791

A beautiful collage of breeds - one can only guess which ones came together to make this unique individual. I think that should be his name, Collage. He is very loving and affectionate. Nicely groomed he will be stunning!

He is in the Gallup pound. He needs to be in a home with a loving family.