SUNFLOWER DIDN'T NEED TO DIE! HELP ALBUQUERQUE SHELTER ANIMALS LIVE!

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This is Sunflower. Sunflower was at the Albuquerque, NM municipal shelter and was a favorite of the volunteers. Sunflower was a senior who preferred the company of humans over other dogs, and when given the opportunity loved to hang out in a staff member's office during the day. Sunflower didnt want to live out her sunset years alone. She often attended meetings with former Mayor Berry and was a delightful, sweet and affectionate dog. A senior staff member had found placement for Sunflower and she was ready for a bright future. But instead she is dead. Select staff of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department, under new Mayor Tim Keller, decided Sunflower's life did not matter and killed her the day before she was to start her new life. Since Tim Keller took office in December, killings of dogs at the shelter have risen dramatically. Dogs falsely labeled aggressive are being killed without the opportunity to receive training. Shy dogs are being killed because they don’t “present well” to the public. Albuquerque, which has been proud to be designated a “no-kill” community because of its low shelter euthanasia rate, is now destined to become the first American city to lose its no-kill status!


Mayor Keller has left a leadership vacuum at the AWD which has resulted in some staff taking charge who don’t believe in helping troubled animals become more adoptable. They prefer to kill them. The Mayor appears in no rush to appoint a director who will continue the progress made during the eight years of the prior administration, when euthanasias dropped by 86%! We must stop this troubling trend so that the citizens of Albuquerque and residents of the state of New Mexico can again take pride in the City of Albuquerque’s humane and progressive thinking regarding treatment of homeless animals.


We, the undersigned, wish to express our concern and outrage to the Mayor of Albuquerque, Tim Keller, for not ensuring that the animals served by the AWD are cared for in the most humane manner possible, with continued innovative programs helping troubled, injured, sick and disabled animals find forever homes, instead of facing death because they do not immediately “present well.“ Should this trend of killing continue, we cannot recommend Albuquerque or New Mexico as a place to visit, live or work.



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