My experience with Animal Humane New Mexico (AHNM) spans back five years. During that time, it is impressive to review the positive evolution of this organization. Lead by a dynamic Executive Director, it seems as no task is too monumental. What strikes me the most is the multi-faceted approach that AHNM takes to accomplish their lofty goals; innovative tactics to achieve record-breaking adoptions, low cost spay/neuter programs, microchipping and vaccinating pre-owned pets, foster care for special needs animals, responsible pet parenting classes for students, cat adoptions via local businesses, humane dog training and agility classes, state conferences that address all aspects shelter operations and large-scale public events like Doggie Dash & Dawdle. The list goes on. These remarkable accomplishments are made possible by the dedicated management, staff and amazingly tireless volunteers. And just who benefits from these endeavors? All of us, but especially those animals in the shelter still looking for their forever home.
Being a local pet supply business owner, we started as a partner with AHNM on a variety of events and occasionally via monetary contributions. Over time, we observed the tremendous value AHNM brings to the New Mexico community and thus augmented our support to the point of becoming a sponsor for their outdoor training area/agility field. As part of this collaboration, we offer free scholarships to select new pet parents who wish to enroll in a free six-week positive training class at AHNM. For the AHNM shelter dogs, some on our favorite activities include the daily enrichment programs. These programs should be a model for the rest of our shelter operations here in New Mexico.
Recently, I began serving as a board member with Animal Humane New Mexico. I am excited to participate in one of our state’s leading shelters, both in standards and by the numbers. It is an honor to be involved with an organization that gets things done by knowing how to walk the walk.
I have been a board member with Animal Humane New Mexico for about the last 2 years. During that time, I have been impressed time and time again with the quality of the volunteers and staff, the knowledge and passion exhibited by the executive director, and the care and thoughtfulness with which all decisions are approached by the officers and the rest of the board. As a veterinarian, I have worked with many rescue groups over the years, and AHNM is unquestionably the most well-run I have come across. I am proud to be associated with this organization, and to be a small part of all of the good it does in our state.
My relationship with Animal Humane New Mexico extends back to mid-nineties, when we adopted two dogs and became donors. I have served on the board for the past five years, and as board president in 2011. There was a negative review written on this site a few months ago, and I write partially in response to that, but also feel compelled to write simply out of support for the organization. The factual errors in the negative review were addressed by our Executive Director, Peggy Weigle, and I further extend her offer to visit the facility at any time to learn more about the operation. As a board member, with an ethical and fiscal duty to the companion animals, the organization itself, and the communities we serve, I am very proud of our practices and our transparency. I can say with great confidence that the public face of Animal Humane is in complete alignment with its mission and its day-to-day operations. I believe a very real testament to this consistency is continued and increasing donor and volunteer support. Our volunteer numbers have grown to something in the neighborhood of 400 people with more than 50 new applicants being reviewed each month. Another indicator of the soundness and humaneness of the organization is this very large number of dog and cat lovers who routinely observe and participate in the day to day activity of the organization.
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I am so pleased to serve on the Board for Animal Humane|NM! This is an organization that is truly about making the world a better place for our furry friends. AH|NM offers wonderful, diverse programs meant to help current owners keep their pets, as well as programs established to facilitate adoptions of The Best Pet Ever!
I've had the pleasure of using the Behavior Hotline in an effort to curb some aggressive behaviors that my dog was exhibiting. The counselor that helped me was very friendly and knowledgable and respectful. Never once did I feel silly because I needed help. In fact, I felt better informed and more understanding of what my dog was experiencing, which helped me change my approach. It really was very helpful!
As I'd said above, AH|NM is very effective at facilitating adoptions. I had the pleasure of working the recent 24/7 event. The motto for this event was "We won't go home until they do!" Literally, for 3 complete days, AH|NM was open for adoptions. We had people arriving at all hours of the day, and found forever homes for 112 pets. It was an amazing event and so much fun to see so many happy families leave campus with such love and joy (from both the human members and the new furry members)!
I truly love this organization and am so grateful for what it does now and what it will do in the future. We, the Board, are in Long Range Planning sessions that will establish the direction of Animal Humane|NM for the next 10 or more years. For me, it's very satisfying to see animal care progress in such a positive direction.
Although I was a board member of Animal Humane|New Mexico, I had resisted adding an additional pet to our home for years. Once the Cat House opened up at the Virginia Campus, my resistance was won over. The Cat House offers four individual rooms with outdoor patios for the cats to play in and show their real personalities to potential adopters, and also to show how well they get along with other cats. As I already had one cat at home, it was important that the new cat had good social skills. After visiting all four rooms in the Cat House, a beautiful gray cat, who had obviously been "on the lam", won over my heart with his sweet nature. The set up of the Cat House allowed me to visit with a variety of cats at my leisure, and find one that was just right for me. As I was leaving town the next day, Animal Humane|New Mexico made arrangements to take care of "Scout" until I could get him to my house. Dr. Neal went over some concerns I had about introducing Scout to my current cat - time well spent. I am grateful to Animal Humane|New Mexico for being there to take in strays like Scout, who once they are placed in the right home are valued members of the family who are taken care of the way every animal deserves to be taken care of.
I have been on the Board for about a year and a half. In that time I have found the organization to be exceptionally well run by the staff. The Executive Director is very professional and extremely knowledgable about running a shelter, and she clearly cares very deeply about the mission of the organization - to find homes for cats and dogs that are homeless, to provide veterinary care for low-income pet owners and to lead the way in spay/neuter programs. Her professionalism and caring approach have been instilled in the management team and in all the people who work or volunteer at the shelter. As a result of the effectiveness of Animal Humane New Mexico, during my time on the Board it has consistently received donations in excess of the amount budgeted. I am proud to be affiliated with such an outstanding and well run organization.