City reducing dog adoption fees due to overcrowding

Posted at: 07/19/2013 5:26 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

They’re calling it the “Dog Days of Summer.”

Badly overcrowded animal shelters are leading Albuquerque to a drastic drop in dog adoption fees through Saturday, at the East Side and West Side shelters and the Lucky Paws shop at Coronado Center.

Almost 600 dogs are crammed into shelters built to hold 400. In the past 12 months the shelters have housed almost 15,000 dogs.

“There are a lot of animals out there,” said Ingrid Mathwig, who was at the East Side shelter, considering adopting a dog. “When you start looking around and see the reasons why they’re here, why the owner surrenders him, it’s sad. It’s pretty sad to see that.”

“A lot of people say they’re moving or losing their homes or can’t afford it,” said Animal Welfare director Barbara Bruin. “It’s also the usual examples of people not wanting the pet and they go on vacation so they surrender the pet.”

Adoptions of adult dogs, one year old or older, are 75 percent off – so a $40 adoption fee is reduced to $10, with spay or neuter, microchip and vaccination included. The shelters are open from 10:30AM to 6PM Saturday, and Lucky Paws is open from 11:30AM to 7:30PM.