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Albuquerque Animal Welfare Dept. runs Operation Silent Night

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Dept. runs Operation Silent Night


The city of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is hosting a holiday event for pets spending the holidays in the shelters.

This year’s annual Operation Silent Night encourages everyone to donate gently used or new blankets, dog sweaters, jackets, beds, toys (for dogs and cats) or treats for all the pets awaiting adoption to get a new permanent home.

Santa’s elves will distribute the gifts on Christmas Eve.

Those interested in volunteering or bringing donations can drop them off at the Animal Welfare Department shelters or at any Petco stores in Albuquerque beginning November 18th through December 20th.

For more information, visit www.cabq.gov or call 505-764-1164.

Animal shelter blanket drive underway

Animal shelter blanket drive underway


Local Albuquerque shelters will gather to keep the city’s needy animals warm this winter.

From November 18th-December 20th, Operation Silent Night takes place. The month long initiative that look for comforting donations like blankets, sweaters and beds.

These gifts go to both cats and dogs that reside in a city shelter while they wait for loving homes. Organizers say blankets will give the animals some relief from the cold cement floors they sometimes lie on.

Things like treats and toys are also welcome. All donations will be dropped off on Christmas Eve.

People can take their donations to the Animal Welfare Department shelters or any Petco stores in Albuquerque.


Today is National Pitbull Awareness Day

Today is National Pitbull Awareness Day

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is hosting an adoption event October 26 at all city shelters.

This means that all adoptions will be on sale for $20 for all pit bull breeds and mixes 1 year and older, along with a free goodie bag with every pet.

Albuquerque residents only will also be available to receive free public spay and neuter surgery coupons for owners of pit bull and pit mixes. Pet businesses will also partake in the festivities.

Pet lovers are encouraged to attend.

The location for the Eastside Animal Welfare is located at 8920 Lomas NE, and the Westside location is 11800 Sunset Gardens SW. Both loactions are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The city says National Pitbull Awareness Day was established to bring awareness to pit bulls, and pass on positive communication about the breed.

Come enjoy the day and the dogs!

Pet fun kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park

Pet fun kicks off at Balloon Fiesta Park

The Albuquerque pet community is coming together for another Doggie Dash and Dawdle.

This year’s takes place November 2, at Balloon Fiesta Park.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nine a.m. gets the 5k race going that combines pets and owners. The race is timed, with several categories, including and running with or without a dog. Medals for the winners will be given out.

This is Albuquerque’s largest pet party. Let your best friend bob for hotdogs, get his paws painted, or take a photo in the booth. Expect the city’s best in food trucks, contests, and vendors from a variety of services.

Many of the activities for dog lovers include live music, and the Doggie Dash and Dawdle is looking for performers. If you’re band is interested contact Alden Gilligan at AldenG@AnimalHumaneNM.org.

ABQ BioPark in Search for Volunteers

ABQ BioPark in Search for Volunteers

Albuquerque BioPark Education hosts New Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, August 1 from 11 am to noon in the Zoo’s Colores Education Building.


The BioPark is looking for volunteers at a variety of different jobs. The public is invited to learn more about being a docent at the Zoo, Aquarium or Botanic Garden. They are searching for Bio Van Ranger, Greeter, Horticulture, Garden Railroad and Touchpool Volunteer.


Volunteers are a vital part of the BioPark and provide education and outreach to children and adults both on-grounds and throughout the state according to the BioPark. In fiscal year 2013, volunteers donated more than 31,000 hours to the facilities. “The Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach would not be nearly as vibrant and engaging without these contributions!” said ABQ BioPark Spokesperson.


Petco hosts rabbit adoption event

Petco hosts rabbit adoption event

New Mexico House Rabbit Society, the local chapter of an international rabbit rescue organization, is pleased to announce their next adoption event! 

Through the NMHR’s fostering program, volunteers rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent adoptive homes for them. This weekend rabbits are being adopted out into loving households with indoor living space. NMHRS’s volunteer staff will be on-hand, ready to offer advice, stories, or a nail trimming for your house rabbit.

The society says it is their goal to reduce the number of unwanted rabbits through education, by helping people better understand what they call often misunderstood companion animals.

House Rabbit Society will be asking for a pre-screening of adopters prior to Sunday’s event.

St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption Special in ABQ

St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption Special in ABQ

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Happy St. Pet-rick's Day Adoption Special, offered by the Albuquerque city shelters, Sunday, March 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adopt a new furry family member on St. Patrick's Day from all the city shelters in Albuquerque. Those who wear green will receive a $10 off special, as well as a free Shamrock shake from McDonald's with every adoption.

The three locations participating are:

  • Eastside Shelter: 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE (noon-6 p.m.)

  • Westside Shelter: 11800 Sunset Gardens Rd. SW

  • Lucky Paws at Coronado Mall: 6600 Menaul NE

For additional information contact 505-764-1164.