We are working to build capacity to launch 2 Progressive Animal Welfare projects in New Mexico and would LOVE to have you JOIN US as a Business Sponsor, Volunteer, Foster, Donor or Staff. These projects are the 1st of their kind in New Mexico. Each combines proven programming with cost effectiveness to help exponentially increase humane and comprehensive animal care and adoptions of homeless pets in NM. No matter in which role you serve, you are helping us take another step forward in delivering much needed companion animal lifesaving solutions to New Mexico pets in need and the people who care about them!

(all donations are tax-deductible)

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This project came to life in Sept 2015 during a revamping of our adoption efforts. Although we have one of the most comprehensive, successful and cost-effective animal care and adoption programs in New Mexico, we wanted our community service work in 2016 to reflect an even higher level of companion animal lifesaving success. It led us to develop our 2 most exciting projects to date, including this dog cafe project. Click here if you would like to sign up to volunteer your help in one of the many capacities we need help with right now. If you are at least 18 years of age, we can use just about any skill set right now. There is something for everyone to do. If you don't have time to volunteer but would like to help by making a tax-deductible donation, we greatly appreciate the much needed funding support for the many things our animal care programming needs which are not donated.

Our vision for the cafe is to have a welcoming space with delicious coffee and tea that helps to increase both physical and behavioral health of NMPA dogs through play and socialization while we work to find them a happy home. This is a natural next step in our 5 year history of delivering wholistic, comprehensive animal care programming where behavioral health and socialization (dog to people and dog to dog) = 50% of animal care here at New Mexico Pets Alive.  The traditional way animal welfare non-profits use brick and mortar locations to generate programming revenue is by operating a thrift store. We do have a thrift store in the works but operating the dog cafe helps us to reach 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 crucial fundraising efforts to support the growing demand for our programs. The requests for help coming from NM shelters, rescue groups, animal control depts, police depts and individuals is up 200% from this time last year and we don't have enough resources right now to meet that demand. 
YOU CAN ALSO HELP by purchasing a PRINTS for PAWS gallery wrapped custom canvas print of a photo you wish us to print onto canvas. It will be displayed in the Coffee & Canines dog cafe for 6 months assisting us to pay for vaccinations and spay and neuter surgeries for incoming NMPA dog and puppy rescues. At the end of 6 months you get to pick up your canvas print from the cafe to hang in your home or give as a gift to someone else!  We can also make arrangements to pack and ship your canvas print if you prefer. Print examples are shown above. Please click onto your preferred size below to complete your purchase. You will receive a separate email from us within 72 hours with further instructions.

For those interested in adopting, meet and greets with public dogs will not be done indoors at the cafe. We will make other arrangements for you. You may send an email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org to ask about our meet and greet and adoption process. Your donations in any amount and also your advanced gift certificate purchases redeemable for coffee and other items in our physical and online shop allow us to move forward as quickly as possible. If your business would like to partner with us and help sponsor America's 1st non-profit dog cafe, please click here to send us an email to request our sponsorship menu. THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to bring this project to fruition! 

The following is a list of currently needed supplies.  All donations are tax-deductible:

  • Dog Rawhide Chews (not made in China)
  • Kitchen Trash Bags - 13 Gallon with Drawstring
  • Bleach - Regular strength, Unconcentrated
  • Clorox type wipes (non-bleach)
  • Paper Towels 
  • Gift Cards from Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot, Wal-mart, Office Depot - they can be sent via email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org
  • snacks, bottled water and bottled green tea for volunteers
  • HP printer ink (61 and 63)

To make a donation of any of the above items, please send an email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org  THANK YOU!

Questions? Please send an email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org

♥ THANK YOU to everyone who is helping to bring this project to fruition! ♥

America’s 1st Full-Service Restaurant/Dog & Cat Adoption Center/Yard Bar!

NMPA’s larger scale project, the HAPPY HOUNDS & COOL CATS CAFÉ and ADOPTION CENTER takes the dog and cat café as well as animal sheltering to a whole other level. Have a delicious healthy meal (menu will be plant based and delicious beyond what you may think is possible), coffee or craft beer while watching dogs and cats play in their respective play areas through a wall of windows. Order up playtime with our adoptable dogs or cats in our indoor playrooms or in our outdoor yard bar for our adoptable dogs or in our enclosed outdoor Catio for our adoptable cats. Adopt a puppy, kitten, dog or cat. Shop in our dog & cat themed retail store. Eat, Drink, Play, Adopt, Shop...however you decide to spend your time at the Happy Hounds & Cool Cats Cafe and Adoption Center, you'll be helping to SAVE PETS & CHANGE LIVES!  Your donations will allow us to find homes for over 6,000 dogs and cats AND spay/neuter over 5,000 dogs and cats within the 1st full year of operations. Your donations will also help us to provide job training & placement services for over 500 unemployed and under-employed people each year through this project. Please help us get there asap by making a tax-deductible donation today!!



(Above are images of a few examples of some of the project features we are inspired by)

Click here to read all about it and to volunteer, donate or purchase a food/drink/gift gift certificate or become a supporting business partner.

What's so revolutionary about this type of animal sheltering model? This model creates the 1st self-sustaining animal shelter in the country that does not rely on tax-payer funding (as city and county municipal shelters do) nor does it require a significant amount of time being allocated to traditional fundraising as the restaurant and retail components are expected to generate sufficient revenue for operations. Secondly, in this shelter model, there are no cages, kennels and no involuntary isolation of dogs and cats for long, extended periods of time.  Once dogs and cats are vetted and cleared by one of our veterinarian partners and behavior team, they are welcomed to a day of play and socialization if that's what they choose.  If they are not party animals they have the option to spend their time in comfortable living areas socializing with people and/or other animals occasionally and lounging. When and if they are ready to join the party animals, they will be welcomed to. In the evenings after we close, dogs, puppies, kittens and cats who are buddies have the option of having an overnight slumber party together in their respective comfortable living areas. Thirdly, this project simultaneously provides job training & placement services for over 500 unemployed and under-employed people each year.  24/7 on-site care is provided. Read more here and get involved.

Help Us Deliver the Next Generation in Animal Sheltering in America! Sustainable funding and no more sad animals stuck in cages – just healthy, happy dogs and cats having a blast while the NMPA works to find them a happy home. This is a national grassroots effort to establish the 1st animal shelter of its kind in America and YOUR HELP is NEEDED TODAY!  Volunteers, Donors and Business Sponsors are needed. Please send an email to mail@newmexicopetsalive.org for a list of what’s needed. Target opening date: Sept. 1st so please jump on board with us ASAP - TOGETHER, we make the difference!  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the HAPPY HOUNDS & COOL CATS FLYER TO HELP DISTRIBUTE and POST AROUND TOWN - THANKS!


You may also make your tax-deductible contribution payable to New Mexico Pets Alive and mail to:
NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125

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