Pet of the Week


Pet of the Week goes to Daphne, a goofy, loving Pit Bull mix who is approximately 2-years-old.

This active girl would love a family to hike with or some kids to play ball with. Daphne loves snuggles and cuddles and absolutely believes she is a lap dog.

At the Animal Welfare Coalition (AWC), there’s an average daily occupancy of 25 cats and 65 dogs.

Their live release rates (either through adoption locally or transport for adoption in other communities in New Mexico or Colorado) was 93 percent for 2018.

The shelter promotes volunteering in the community and they have a very active board of directors, all of whom also volunteer at the shelter.

A number of local merchants, including Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply Company, regularly donate dog and cat food to the shelter.

Groups of students from Highlands University and the United World College of the American West regularly volunteer at the shelter to walk dogs and help with shelter cleanup.

Other community volunteers regularly help with shelter activities, including adoption days and other outreach activities.

The Animal Welfare Coalition also works with other local animal shelters in the northeastern part of New Mexico to do outreach in neighborhoods to deliver free dog houses, replace dog collars with harnesses, and deliver free straw for insulation during the winter.

They have an active program of providing free dog and cat food to low-income citizens.

The AWC coordinates with other animal welfare groups in New Mexico and nationally to keep a best of best practices and trends in animal care and adoption.

When possible, they send staff and volunteers to training to maintain and sharpen their knowledge and skills.

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