Save Our Albuquerque Shelter Animals!
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Albuquerque is a city with tremendous assets and unlocked potential. One such asset is the amazing network of people who work tirelessly for our city’s displaced animals. We volunteer, rescue, foster, adopt, transport, raise funds and advocate for programs to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
Our city is currently only one of three large cities nationally that has achieved “no-kill status” due to the positive changes made at our city shelters over the last eight years. Our euthanasia rate was 39.5% at the end of November 2009. In November 2017, the euthanasia rate was 9.2%. This accomplishment did not happen accidentally. It is the result of strong leadership, effective policies and programs implemented along with the many volunteers and civic leaders who give of their time and money daily.
We are asking that Mayor Keller conduct a search for a Director who has the qualifications, training, education and hands on experience necessary to lead our Animal Welfare Department. A director who is compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled in continuing to implement proven programs that result in quality decisions made for shelter animals, and better outcomes. Both the cities of El Paso and Dallas have recently completed this kind of search for Shelter Directors.
Our community of animal advocates is asking that the position of Director for Albuquerque Animal Welfare NOT be given to program analyst, Jim Ludwick, whose past actions prove he lacks the necessary understanding and qualifications to lead this department. Archaic attitudes that animals are just a number and mindless killing of shelter pets is the solution are no longer welcome. The leadership of our Animal Welfare Department should not be left to someone seemingly incapable of making rational and reasoned decisions based on accurate information. Jim Ludwick has been known to be vocal in his opinion against shelter programs that help an animal be adoption-ready, yet eager to make false assumptions about behavior evaluations and has mislabeled dogs as dangerous. This further demonstrates his lack of understanding of both our evaluation programs and our City Ordinances.
Ours is a community that values our animals and public safety. The two should not be pitted against each other as Mr. Ludwick has done and continues to do using his former employer, the Albuquerque Journal, as his platform. We cannot rely on distortions, lies, and public fear mongering that is Jim Ludwick’s bailiwick. Many innocent animals have paid with their lives because of biased, inaccurate information recklessly reported.
Our city cannot revert to the days of inhumane treatment and conditions in our shelters. We must continue to move forward and be proud of how far we have come.
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