Quixote Humane Inc. has issued a statement that it has started a program, called Friends of the Shelter, to help improve conditions at the Valencia County shelter and increase the adoption rate of the homeless animals there.

Many of the adoptable animals have been placed through local rescue organizations as well as with the general public because of the efforts of Friends of the Shelter.

Although most of the pets impounded or released to the shelter are of mixed breeds, a large number of identifiable purebreds are found there, too.

Quixote would like to be able to contact qualified breed rescues to help place these animals. Any breed rescue organizations in the state of New Mexico which would like to be contacted may register with Quixote Humane by e-mailing to: coyotepup@compuserve.com or mailing to Quixote Humane, Inc., P.O. Box 1285, Peralta 87042.

Breed rescues that would like to register, please include the following information: breed, national affiliation, contact person, phone number, e-mail address and what you require: purebred only, age range or health condition, temperament and so on that you will consider.

All rescue organizations must be approved by the shelter prior to placement. Sterilization and vaccination of all animals is required.

The stray animals at the Valencia County Animal Shelter are required to be held for three days and then are available for adoption. Owner released animals are immediately available or are euthanized. Because of space limitations animals must be adopted or euthanized shortly after the holding period. Placement time is very short so rescue organizations must be ready to adopt immediately.

Call Quixote for more information 869-2397.

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