Canine Cafe Project Update:
Drinking Good Coffee Saves Lives! Thanks to our animal loving community, we have a target opening date for the Canine Cafe of November 15th! Between now and then we need your help more than ever as a Volunteer, Foster, Individual Donor or Business Sponsor. JOIN US!! in doubling the number of at-risk shelter dogs and cats we deliver 2nd chances to from 750 to 1500 adoptions every year.
This November, via the Canine Cafe project, Albuquerque, NM will have its 1st dog café and America will have its 1st dog café that also incorporates a job training program and economic initiative. At the Canine Cafe, visitors sip delicious coffee and other beverages while enjoying time with adoptable dogs. Some people are unable to welcome a companion animal into their lives. For them and the dogs, their time spent together provides mutual health benefits for the mind, body and spirit. For those considering adding a dog to their family, potential adopters are able to observe the dogs' playstyles and behaviors in a more natural environment to begin to learn about each individual dog in front of them. This assists in facilitating successful adoption matches and reducing return rates for shelter dogs. For shelter dogs, once they leave the stress of traditional shelter environments and enter the NMPA adoption prep program, they begin to receive information that helps them begin to think rather than just reacting. They also build confidence and social skills. Dogs also receive the people and dog to dog social time they need to prevent distress and learn better social skills and increase their overall health. The Canine Cafe is the last step in their NMPA adoption prep to help them go from homeless to happily ever after.
Operating the dog cafe will assist us in reaching another part of the dog loving population we may have not yet connected with. That's a WIN for NMPA adoptable dogs and for our organization’s crucial fundraising efforts to support the growing demand for our No Kill programming. The requests for our help coming from NM shelters, rescue groups, animal control depts, police depts and individuals has grown exponentially and we need additional resources to better meet the demand for our help.
“New Mexico Pets Alive is excited to continue developing new ways to help save more pets and change more lives for the better in NM. Our growing Companion Animal LifeSaving Team of volunteers, donors, adopters, fosters and business sponsors have a strong commitment to saving the lives of at-risk dogs and cats in NM and we believe this project will allow us to take another important step toward saving all healthy and treatable companion animals in NM,” - Melissa Roberts, Executive Director of New Mexico Pets Alive.
The building is also home to our 1st thrift store, Retro to the Rescue Thrift Store, which will have a soft opening on Oct 1st and 2nd. Donations of sellable items are being accepted at 417 Adams St, SE Albuquerque, 87108 from 11am - 3pm every day of the week (Mon - Sun). All donations are tax deductible.
Current volunteer help to meet our opening deadlines is needed in the areas of graphic design, photography, other art and design, printing, administrative assistance, social media, videography and editing, design/build, cleaning and painting, animal care, fundraising, marketing, event coordination, writing and more from individual volunteers as well as contractors and installers, carpenters, retail shop and other business owners, animal fosters, etc.
THANK YOU ALL for helping to make this shelter dog lifesaving project possible!