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The Happy Tails Drive Concludes with a Happier Holiday Season

December 11, 2018

Homeless pets in Albuquerque will have a happier holiday season this year thanks to the success of the UNM Staff Council Annual Happy Tails Drive. The drive, which ran from November 4th to December 3rd, is the product of a longstanding partnership between the Staff Council, Animal Humane of New Mexico, and Facilities Management (FM) Recycling.

Council member and drive coordinator Cynthia Gonzalez organized nine drop locations around campus and FM Recycling provided bins in which UNM students, faculty, and staff could leave donations for Animal Humane’s shelters and veterinary clinic in Albuquerque.  The variety of donated items included packaged foods, cleaning supplies, leashes, and toys. “This is a great way for the UNM community to give back to the broader Albuquerque community,” Gonzalez said.  

While the primary mission of the Staff Council is to be a voice for UNM staff, according to Administrative Officer Amy Hawkins, community service is also an important role. “This drive was a heartfelt project started eleven years ago by our former administrator who loved animals and volunteered for Animal Humane. It has really grown over the years and it has become one of our biggest annual events.”

If you missed the chance to participate, opportunities to volunteer and donate to Animal Humane of New Mexico can be found at

– Steve Howe, Facilities Management Public Information Representative

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