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.
It has been my greatest honor and privilege to serve on the board of directors for Animal Protection Voters, the legislative arm of Animal Protection of New Mexico. We work closely, hand-in-hand together on the animal issues and challenges that confront us on a daily basis. Throughout the years and before I was a board member I called on APNM for help in the Taos, NM area where I reside. One in particular was a case involving dog hoarding where our local law enforcement and animal control were totally at a loss as to how to handle the situation. Sixty plus dogs were needing intervention and APNM got busy and organized our local law enforcement and the Santa Fe Shelter Vans to transport the dogs to the Santa Fe Shelter. Recently another extreme hoarding case involving cats in our area was helped by APNM who worked with our animal shelter and law enforcement offering help and expertise on how to handle the situation, I personally have had a conversation with our District Attorney, Donald Gallegos, where he praised APNM and Executive Director, Lisa Jennings for imparting their expertise in his office's animal cases. My history with animal welfare goes back many years and I am familiar with all of our resources in Northern New Mexico. APNM is the most valuable resource of all. Their core programs have made changes in the lives of our animals and animal welfare bills would not be passed through the legislature without the committed and dedicated work of this most valuable organization. I cannot even imagine where we would be without APNM. The staff is passionate about their work and put in the hours necessary to do the job. The legislators listen to APNM and there is a reason for that! Your donations could not go to a more worthy non-profit working for animal welfare.