My design is intended to help stray and companion animals in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. This facility will provide food water and shelter to stray animals and animals belonging to people who are living unsheltered. There are many shelters and food banks in Albuquerque that help people who living without stable housing. However, there are few services for their pets or for stray animals, aside from the sparse animal shelters.
With my permanent and portable shelter units, animals will have access to food and water and a place to hide from bad weather. The main shelter will also provide veterinary facilities for pets of people living unsheltered, and access to mental health resources and social services for the owners of the animals.
Interview at Animal Humane Society
This is an interview with a volunteer at the Animal Human Society. The most important take away is that animals can be vital to peoples mental health.
Here are some links about animals and their positive impact on mental health.
The main building will be located at the Albuquerque rail yards, on a vacant lot. This location is very convenient for the people this project is intended to support. The design for the main building is to have a lobby/waiting area, a food and supply area, an information desk. and a hallway with counselors’ offices.
Another part of my plan is to have portable weather shelters that would function as temporary places for people to wait during storms or bad weather, and a place to get water and some food for both animals and humans.
Related UN Sustainability Goals:
How You Can Help Your Community
One way you can give back to your community and help support unsheltered people living in your community is by putting together care packages. Here is a link to a site about care packages. https://www.portlandrescuemission.org/get-involved/learn/pack-a-care-kit/
You can also volunteer at or donate to the local shelter or organization to help unsheltered people in your community. Two organizations supporting these issues in my community are: