The lobby of the new adoption center was funded by a $100,000 donation from Petco. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal.)
Gracie, one of the residents of Animal Humane New Mexico’s new adoption center, relaxes in her own room as a Google tablet on her window offers viewers descriptions and information about her, a high tech version of the former staff notes on paper that were attached to kennels.
Megan Fenton takes one of the dogs from its room for a walk. Outside, there are six large exercise areas with shade and misters.
Smaller dogs sometimes get roommates at the new adoption center. Each sound-proofed room has its own ventilation, lighting and drains.
Private rooms with beds and chairs and views: For dogs awaiting adoption at Animal Humane New Mexico’s new center, it’s a far cry from a kennel or a cage. The 25 “real-life” rooms are also soundproofed, which means a golden kind of silence for staff and the pooches, too.
The new digs go a long way toward reducing stress. “This is a much more relaxing, supportive environment for these dogs,” says Peggy Weigle, Animal Humane’s executive director.
The new $2.8 million adoption center is the first phase of Project Humane, a
$5 million campus renovation for the private nonprofit. Still ahead is a new cattery that will be joined to the existing “cat house,” additional veterinary facilities and a new admissions building.
But meanwhile, the dogs snooze in their rooms, or watch from their windows.
“They’re happy,” Weigle says. “They’re really happy.”