New program aims to keep pets with owners

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Animal Welfare has a new program designed to help pets stay with their owners.

Shelter officials say they have found that most owners surrender their pets because of common behavioral problems.

So they’ve set up a free hotline where people can call or email a behavioral specialist to get tips on how to put an end to their pet’s bad habits.

They say the goal is to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter.

“Common behavior problems that we see are house training, digging, separation anxiety and excessive barking,” Carolyn Hidalgo with Animal Welfare said.

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