- Jan 10:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter holds grand opening, ribbon cutting ceremony
- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 23:
- Farmington City Council to consider crematory at animal shelter, discuss project progress
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- May 6:
- Farmington Animal Shelter to hold cat, kitten adoption special
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Apr 12:
- Farmington Animal Shelter seeks volunteers and foster homes
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Apr 4:
- Farmington chooses BDA Architecture for new animal shelter
FARMINGTON - Farmington's Animal Shelter has a new director, and judging by her enthusiasm, she already loves the job.
Angie Arnold, a native of Germany, has spent the last seven years in Texas running a private animal control company that contracted for five counties.
"We had pretty much the same level of animal problem that you do here," Arnold said. "I dealt with 3,300 animals per year, including a lot of cows and horses."
Arnold has spent the last two weeks working with the shelter's previous director, Barbara Yarborough, who retires Friday, so the transition is seamless.
"It's a lot of stuff to try and cram into two weeks," Yarborough said. "That's not a lot of time to boil down 27 and a half years on the job."
Despite the daunting task of distilling her years of experience into two weeks, Yarborough is confident that Arnold is up to the challenge of running an animal shelter that has more than 20 employees and sees thousands of animals a year.
"I definitely think I'm leaving the shelter in good hands," Yarborough said. "It helps that she loves the area and was considering moving here anyway."
Arnold was hired March 19 and she beat out a pool of 60 other applicants.
"We interviewed four of the 60 applicants that applied here in Farmington," said Parks Director Jeff Bowman. "We're sorry to see Barbara leave, but we believe that we have someone to replace her who is going to continue moving the shelter forward in the right direction.
Prior to moving to Texas, Arnold spent 11 years with her own veterinary practice in Germany. Because she went to a German veterinarian school, as opposed to an international one, she is unable to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
"What's important is that she still has the training of a veterinarian," Bowman said.
Arnold tries her best not to euthanize animals if at all possible, and she is bringing that philosophy to her new position.
"I tried to avoid it as much as I could," she said. "I managed to put a lot of animals with different rescue groups in Kansas and Louisiana. I have a lot of connections."
Along with becoming the new director, Arnold is also taking online classes to get her veterinarian technician certification, something that will take a back seat to her new duties.
"I can't say how long it will be "til I finish now," she said, gesturing around at the shelter full of barking dogs with a smile. "We will see what time permits."