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.”