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BernCo Commission Approves 20 New Full-time Positions for New Animal Care and Resource Center


Bernalillo County – The County Board of Commissioners has approved 20 new full-time positions for the new BernCo Animal Care and Resource Center, scheduled to open late summer of 2018.

The center will house 180 dogs, 90 cats, small critters and livestock, and will provide many services and educational programs that the county has never offered.

“To ensure the welfare of the animals and to provide all services at the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, adequate staffing is needed,” says BernCo Animal Care Services Director Misha Goodman. “We are hoping to draw talent from the community to staff the center and are happy to create this new center for animal care excellence.”

The Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center will be a one-stop shop for animal owners to vaccinate microchip, spay/neuter, obtain licenses and/or permits for their pets.

There will also be an adoption program where the public can view, interact, and adopt animals from the center. In addition, there will be opportunities to foster animals, serve as a volunteer, or enroll in training or educational programs. In the event citizens have lost or cannot care for their pet any longer, they can utilize the facility to search, reclaim or surrender their pet.

The outreach section will work to place animals in loving homes by coordinating with the community, other centers, foster care and rescue groups across New Mexico, Colorado and other states across the country.

The new positions will be funded by the $1.5 million public safety gross receipts tax and will increase the staff from 18 to 38 to ensure the 7-day-a-week operation has adequate coverage for services and day-to-day operations at the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center.

New positions include:

  • animal care outreach manager
  • animal care veterinarian
  • animal care veterinarian technician
  • animal care veterinarian assistant
  • animal care services behaviorist
  • animal care technician (eight),
  • animal care customer services representative (five)
  • animal care volunteer coordinator
  • animal care placement coordinator.

Three animal care managers will come from already budgeted positions:

  • animal care enforcement and protection manager
  • animal care administrative manager
  • animal care and sheltering manager
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