P.U.P.: Pets of Unsheltered People

Introduction Video

An overview of my project and connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals


Project Statement

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.

Design Work

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.

Floor Plan
Site Plan

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.

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:

Humane Society of New Mexico:

Roadrunner Food Bank:


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  1. April 26, 2019 by Michaela Kim

    Hi Carly, this is so cool! I never really thought about how you could use knowledge from architecture to give back to the community in such a unique way. I personally have a huge soft spot for animals so I was immediately drawn to your project; I was surprised when I found out you were taking architecture, but also amazed at the floor plan and 3-d visual you had on your page. I was wondering if there are other populations (besides humans and pets) that are in need of help and shelter, and if your idea would also work with those populations? So maybe there are a specific endangered animal species that could also benefit from your work? Or a newborn baby care/drop off site to reduce child abandonment?

    • April 26, 2019 by Carly

      Hi Michaela, Thank you for your feed back. I think it is a great idea to potentially use this design for endangered animals. I think it could be changed in a way that could help protect these animals and aid in restarting their population, by providing food and shelter.

  2. April 26, 2019 by Madi

    Hey Carly! This is such an interesting concept and I am personally so on board. Is there a way viewers from the conference can help make this idea come to life? Your plan is so well thought out and the graphic 3D visual really helped me picture your building!

    • April 26, 2019 by Carly

      Hi Madi, I think the best thing viewers can do is help out there own community by volunteering at organizations that help animals, or making the care packages. I personally think that doing little things like handing the packages out can have a great impact.

  3. April 27, 2019 by Chloe.Smith-Frank

    Hi Carly,
    I’m so impressed by the plans you’ve come up with and I really hope you can see them carried out in many cities! I can tell you’re really passionate about this issue and I thought you might like this video (it made me cry):

    Best of luck!

  4. April 27, 2019 by Claudia.Sheridan

    Hello Carly – Your project was well presented and is very professional. This is a great concept and issue. I love all animals and have a dog at home. Many people have thought of shelters for humans but neglect their pets. Pets are a great boost of happiness and really comfort people. I love all of the external links you provided it really shows the extra research you put into this project. I hope you continue to develop your ideas with more feedback and research.

  5. April 29, 2019 by abby Sekoff

    I love this project. Mine too was about animals (animal testing). I volunteer at shelters and work at a vets office. There is a HUGE need for something like this in all communities. I love how the design flowS, it makes a lot of sense. Have you talked to any higher representatives about this? Whats next?

  6. April 30, 2019 by Ingrid

    I love this project! I was in an architecture course too but no one in my class did a project based on animals health which I thought was very unique and interesting. Your plan was very nice and would be great if this actually happened in real life.

  7. April 30, 2019 by Jill Brown

    This is an amazing project. something that needs attention and you figured out a great way to solve the problem. Good work, Carly!

  8. May 01, 2019 by Frieda

    Hi! I really like your project, it’s really unique and I had never really heard of anything like this. How can we implement shelters like these outside of Albuquerque?

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