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Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department director Barbara Bruin with Shiloh, a shelter dog, in January 2010 after taking the job a month earlier. Bruin is facing criticism from two top staff members for allowing aggressive, dangerous shelter dogs to be adopted. (Morgan Petroski/Albuquerque Journal)

This group went on to become New Mexico Rescue Dogs (NMRD), based in Albuquerque

In April 2017, Hernandez made a call to the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department Field Division, indicating she found some dogs inside of an open field drain, needing to be rescued. When Animal Welfare’s Corporal Thomas Romero and Officer Raymond Candelaria arrived on scene, they were greeted by Hernandez, Quintana, 10-year-old Gonzalez, and 12-year-old Williams.

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Enchantment Chihuahua Rescue LTD has dogs and puppies for adoption. Adopt a pet in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Cynthia Dares, founder of Sunflower Sanctuary Animal Rescue, plays with some of her wards at the sanctuary in the Manzano Mountains. The nonprofit relies on donations and volunteers to provide a final home for elderly and sick dogs. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Homeless Animal Rescue Team of New Mexico | Albuquerque, NM

People’s Anti Cruelty Association / Albuquerque Animal Rescue, a no-kill rescue group, was founded in 1973. We rescue, rehabilitate and rehouse homeless dogs and cats. PACA has no shelter facility and relies on an organized network of volunteers who foster the pets until permanent homes are found.

We are HART - The Homeless Animal Rescue Team


Sandia Search Dogs (SSD) is an all volunteer organization that provides primarily wilderness search and rescue (SAR) services for lost people within New Mexico and the surrounding states. Training dogs for human search and rescue is our specialty. Our members are diversified in background, and vary in their daily professions, but all have a common interest in outdoor activities and a love for dogs. We apply a broad background of mountain and wilderness skills and experience to search and rescue missions in all terrain and weather conditions. SSD responds to SAR missions throughout New Mexico and the Southwest area. Most often the team will be dispatched to SAR missions within the Sandia, Manzano and Jemez Mountains or the wilderness areas adjacent to Albuquerque. As a state recognized search and rescue group, we respond to requests from the New Mexico State Police or other agencies to assist in missing person emergencies. Please check us out on facebook. Former adopters can look for the facebook group "Boxer Rescue de Albuquerque" and everyone can our facebook page: "Boxer Rescue of Albuquerque" - we have all our newest dogs on this page! The four citizens showed extraordinary teamwork to help Corporal Romero and Officer Candelaria rescue the stray dogs and their puppies. Because of their efforts, these dogs now have a chance of finding forever homes. It is for these reasons that Fabian Gonzalez, Rhonda Hernandez, Andrea Quintana, and Isaiah Williams were recognized as this week’s City of Albuquerque’s Good Samaritans.In April 2017, Hernandez made a call to the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department Field Division, indicating she found some dogs inside of an open field drain, needing to be rescued. When Animal Welfare’s Corporal Thomas Romero and Officer Raymond Candelaria arrived on scene, they were greeted by Hernandez, Quintana, 10-year-old Gonzalez, and 12-year-old Williams.