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Your donation helped us reveal a piece of our story at Espanola Humane. At each $20,000 milestone, a new puzzle piece was uncovered.
Read the stories for each piece.


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Janet and Norman Sussman

$103 September 15, 2021
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Karen Walker

$83 September 15, 2021

you do such good work, bless you!

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Gayle Silverman

$26 September 15, 2021
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Orbry Wright

$52 September 15, 2021
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Wendi McKinnon

$62 September 15, 2021
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Sandra Dess

$100 September 14, 2021

This donation is in honor of Sally Spencer who recently passed away . This organization was dear to her heart. Thanks for all you do for… Read more

This donation is in honor of Sally Spencer who recently passed away . This organization was dear to her heart. Thanks for all you do for our furry friends.

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Victoria Ambrosio

$103 September 14, 2021

In memory of Sally Carmack, loving aunt to my dear friend, Lucy Bush.

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Darryl Gardner

$1,000 September 13, 2021

Thanks to espanola humane for saving so many animals.

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Jonathan Cohen

$100 September 13, 2021
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Ardeth Baxter

$100 September 10, 2021
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Mike Johnson

$100 September 10, 2021

Thanks for all you do, hope this helps.

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Suzanne Santemma

$103 September 9, 2021

In memory of Moses and Penny

Puzzle Piece One: Baby Spice spent weeks in loving foster care before she found her new home. It’s clear that her fresh start in life prepared her for smooches and wiggles with her new family. She had a blissful week at Ojo Santa Fe before her new adventure with a loving family.

Puzzle Piece Two: Baya, a 1-year-old pocket pal, is personality plus and the perfect size. She came to us with an injured face, but our medical team helped her heal, and with some time with foster friends, she’s ready for a new home. She shows no signs of trauma to her spirit and is definitely a staff favorite.

Puzzle Piece Three: Gus is a Parvo survivor thanks to our veterinary team and a dedicated foster family who specializes in ICU Parvo care. This puppy will be loved by his new dad and canine sister – you can tell by those smiles on everyone’s faces. Our parvo team and dedicated foster family work nonstop to save this puppy and so many more – watch for them on this year’s Fur Fest video.

Puzzle Piece Four: Mercury is such a staff and volunteer favorite that foster volunteer extraordinaire Jen Cole spent extra time looking for just the right family for him – and it worked. Mercury now has a loving family. Our foster families take a special interest in making sure the needs of our homeless pets are met – that’s why we call them Superheroes!

Puzzle Piece Five: Little Queso never spent a night at the shelter. Instead, he was incubated in love through his ICU weeks of bottle feeding and round the clock care, then moved to another foster family for expert socializing and further care – and this foster even participates as an Adoption Ambassador, hosting meet-and-greets with potential adopters, and sending kittens off to their pre-approved forever families directly from the foster home. Congratulations, little one, and happy home to you.

Puzzle Piece Six: Staff-favorite Kingston was hit by a car, which shattered his shoulder and pelvis and earned him a prosthetic eye. Despite this trauma, he has always had nothing but sunshine in his heart and “I can do it,” in his spirit. After spending time with a loving foster family, he is now a happy boy with a happy family.

Puzzle Piece Seven: Lavinia found her friend at our Puppy Patch at Ojo Santa Fe – from foster care to resort spa – what a life! We are grateful for this relationship that allows our pets to head into our Foster First program and then to adoption without spending much time at the shelter, opening up space for at-risk dogs and cats.

Puzzle Piece Eight: Many of us go over the moon with joy when our homeless pets find homes – but we were waggin’ with joy when Mars hit his orbit. This darling doggo has been overlooked for far too long. He and his sibling spent time in foster care waiting for the perfect match but they both finally their forever homes.

Puzzle Piece Nine: Little Winks was treated for an eye infection upon arrival at the shelter – it was too infected to save – so we saved him by removing his eye. It doesn’t slow him down one bit. And now this full-spirited kitty has a loving family to call home – if he doesn’t stay in his cozy pocketbook.

Thank you to our Fur Fest Sponsors!

Fostering Our Future

A message from Bridget Lindquist, Executive Director, Española Humane

“We’ve always relied on foster volunteers to expand our capacity and help during difficult times. We felt the love of unprecedented fostering support during the pandemic, and that support has grown even stronger this year. It’s time we acknowledged these heroes for who they truly are – superheroes who hide their capes well.”

During the pandemic, foster families grew from 128 to 202 volunteers, each fostering an average of five pets. Many foster animals are healthy and just need a safe and loving place to wait for their adopter. Newborn kittens and puppies need a few weeks to grow old enough for adoption. Other pets are senior or hospice and require extra time and medical care.

“Our goal is for pets to spend no more than a day or two at the shelter before getting into a foster home,” Lindquist said. “No matter how comfortable or loving the shelter, a kennel can never compare to a home. Dogs and cats are much more relaxed, much happier in a foster home where they receive one-on-one attention.”

It’s much harder to manage hundreds of animals in foster homes rather than under one roof, at the shelter. Española Humane must coordinate medical, behavioral and adoption support for each foster family. Yet the team believes it’s worth the added expense and coordination time because animals are healthier and happier.

That’s why fundraisers such as the Fur Fest are so critical.

“For every dollar donated, it will be doubled to help twice as many animals,” she said. The fundraising goal of $200,000 will help support not just the foster program but the shelter’s other lifesaving animal-welfare programs that benefit the pets and people of northern Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties and neighboring pueblo communities of Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, and Ohkay Owingeh.

The virtual presentation is a true celebration of the shelter’s work in the region. And there’s a guarantee of lots of puppy and kitten footage. “This is a time for us to let everyone know just how appreciative we are of their support – we are grateful for our Española Humane family, which includes all our furry friends.”

2021 Fostering Our Future


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