Mission: To foster humane animal treatment and challenge animal cruelty by working statewide to change stubborn systems that cause and allow cruelty. Pragmatic, effective services/programs create safer communities for all.
Programs: Public assistance that includes providing free statewide animal cruelty hotline consultation and problem-solving, delivering comprehensive classroom-based humane education curriculum called the animal connection (which helps fulfill many of the national common core educational standards all teachers strive to achieve with their students), providing adult education, delivering to state agency employees training on the link between animal cruelty and family violence and how to effectively report neglect/cruelty, managing the companion animal rescue effort (care) network that maintains a network of safe havens for the animals of domestic violence victims so vulnerable people and their animals can stay safe from abusive partners who use animals as leverage in violent relationships, providing financial assistance to individuals statewide for equine feed, gelding and veterinary assistance, providing financial assistance to individuals to spay and neuter their cats and dogs and for medical assistance for companion animals in the santa fe region, providing free resources on a wide variety of animal-related topics including comprehensive web-based information, public education seminars and outreach booths and distribution of printed materials and dissection alternatives for students.
animal advocacy campaigns (other than wildlife) with an effort to improve public policies and practices related to the treatment of animals through legislative and non-legislative means. Activities include providing training and equipment to law enforcement officers throughout the state, offering rewards for information about cruelty cases to assist with enforcement of laws, tracking and evaluating prosecution of animal cruelty cases, helping social services and criminal justice workers recognize broader signs of abuse, providing comprehensive support for the state's animal shelters through consultation, direct assistance and identifying resources and fundraising, encouraging communities to restrict or eliminate dog chaining both for humane reasons and to keep communities safer, working with state and local agencies to identify and strengthen the resources and capacity for keeping animals safe in natural and human-caused disasters, working to end the use of chimpanzees in research and securing permanent sanctuary for almost 200 government-owned chimpanzees living in new mexico, and working to ensure all horses (in racing and other competition, domestic ownership for riding, and free-roaming) are treated humanely, that new mexico not be permitted to open a horse slaughter plant, and that a robust equine safety net be maintained and expanded.
working to change wildlife policies through legislation, research and investigations, polls, coexistence education, coalition-building, implementing humane strategies by establishing partnerships with wildlife agencies, and organizing interested members of the public to express opinions to governing agencies. Species receiving specific focus include mountain lions, coyotes, beavers and prairie dogs. Legislative efforts include working for a ban on killing contests and a ban on traps and poisons on public lands.
APNM's mission is to advocate the rights of animals by effecting systemic change, resulting in the humane treatment of all animals. APNM stands up to the incredible and far reaching scope of the job this mission necessitates. From informing the public on the plight of our Alamogordo chimps and leading the fight for their freedom, to educating us on public trapping and its horrific consequences, and responding to the tough situation with our state’s equine and domestic animal abuse situation, APNM is there in the forefront, always professional, educated, and sincere. As a volunteer, I have found my life experience to be expanded and enlightened through my association and work with APNM. As a donor, I scrutinize any organization, not only for programs which I wish to support, but I look at sustainability, effectiveness, and ethics—APNM is alert to being a stalwart organization. They cooperate with other programs and organizations in the community and State, understanding to be effective they must not duplicate efforts but work together to assure for the safety and wellbeing of our animals, domestic and wild. The staff, Program Managers, Executive Team, and the Board Members work tirelessly and are committed to the mission. It is an honor to support and volunteer with APNM.
I have known APNM for many years. They are in it for the long haul and have the dedication to pursue an issue despite the inevitable setbacks one will encounter when pursuing an agenda of social change. i am proud to be associated with them.
I just read Lisa Jenning's powerful story about her pony Chino, where she used her personal relationship to illustrate the plight of horses and offer hope for the future.
I’ve always admired Lisa Jennings and APNM for their tremendous efforts for animals in my home state of New Mexico. Recently I attended Taking Action for Animals, where I had the opportunity to hear Program Director Laura Bonar speak about her successful campaign to prevent former research chimpanzees from being sent back into research. I know I speak for many in expressing deepist appreciation to APNM for their tireless efforts to protect animals.
"APNM's longevity is proof positive of their effectiveness in New Mexico. Without education, advocacy and laws that take into consideration those whom do not have a voice, a society cannot be proud of oneself. APNM makes me proud and makes New Mexico better."
-Anna Soeiro, CHES