Thanks to These City Councilors for Voting for the Animals
[June 6, 2015] - On May 27th, Albuquerque City Councilors Isaac Benton, Rey Garduño,
Diane Gibson, and Dan Lewis voted for Councilor Benton's amendment to add one animal behavior
specialist to the City budget. These specialists help in both the intake and placement of animals coming into the City shelter, and are vital pieces of the puzzle in accurately assessing animals and making the best
adoptions for them. Although he didn't vote for that amendment, Councilor Don Harris immediately promised to work with Councilor Benton to find funds for
the position by the second quarter of the fiscal year. Thanks to all of them! Voting against: Councilors Trudy Jones,
Klarissa Peña, Ken Sanchez, Brad Winter.
Arie's Dogland Now a Reality
[May 5, 2015] - "Ever since I was in high school, I've wanted to open my own dog facility," says Arie Deller, a fabulous dog trainer who volunteers her services to local dog rescues,"and now
it has finally come true, thanks to the help and generosity of a lot of people." Arie's Dogland is an expansion of the dog training business she's had since 2006, and is a brand new,
brick-and-mortar, entirely-indoors facility, offering professional grooming, doggy daycare, training classes, and more.
Mariposa Raffles Print to Benefit Lap Dog Rescue
Mariposa Gallery, 3500 Central SE, in Nob Hill, will raffle this beautiful print by Ruth Cohen. Raffle tickets are $10 each
or 3 tickets for $25. The raffle runs from March 12th thru April 30th. All proceeds go to benefit Lap Dog Rescue of NM.
Lap Dog Rescue Wins Top-Rated Non-Profit Again
[February 15, 2015] - Once again, Lap Dog Rescue of NM has won the prestigious 2014 Top-Rated NonProfit Award by
Great Nonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations. Congratulations to this hard-working group that's saved
the lives of hundreds of dogs.
Operation Silent Night Helps Shelter Animals
[November 24, 2014] - The Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has launched
Operation Silent Night, to help ease the lives of animals spending the holidays there. Please donate gently-used/new
blankets, dogs sweaters, jackets, beds, toys (for dogs & cats) and treats for animals waiting to find forever homes. On Christmas Eve, Santa's elves will distribute the donations to each animal at the
shelters. You can drop off these items at any of the shelters, or at other locations listed on their website. Through 12/21/14.
To The Rescue Raised a Whopping $30K for Local Rescues!
[June 12, 2014] - Once again, To the Rescue does just that for local animal welfare & rescue groups, raising $20K from yard sale, raffle, and donations, and adding $10K matched by the
incredibly generous sponsor, Long Leash on Life. That's $30,000 that will go towards saving animals and spay/neuter to prevent more animals to add
to the vast overpopulation problem in NM. Groups receiving funds include: Greyhound Companions of NM, Justice Great
Dane Rescue, and NMDOG. Thanks for all you do for the animals of ABQ, Ken and Norm!
State Game Commissioners Win Big in Coyote-Killing Contest
[January 29, 2014] - Proving that the fox is indeed guarding the hen house, State Game Commission Chairman Scott Bidegain and his partner killed eight
coyotes in a two-day contest last month, reports Thomas J. Cole in his Albuquerque
Journal story. Robert Espinoza, another Game Commissioner, reportedly thinks that coyote-killing contest are a great way to control predators
while have fun doing it. Ugh. What a sorry pair.
Governor Martinez appointed both of these yahoos to the Game Commission and should replace them with people who are more interested in protecting wildlife than murdering it. Last year, Republican opposition
killed a bill outlawing these inhumane and ineffective contests. This kind of bad publicity only shows the country (and the world) that we may have stopped cock fighting, but we're still a bunch of
blood-thirsty, gun-toting hicks. Who'd want to visit a state like that?
ABQ Gun Store Sponsors Coyote-Killing "Contest"
[November 16, 2012] Using the convoluted excuse of "saving tax dollars," Beau from Gunhawk Firearms (865-3500), rationalizes the slaughter of thousands of coyotes in his store's imminent
coyote-killing "contest." "We don't hate coyotes," he explained, but "the USDA kills thousands every year, so why waste tax dollars when we can use it as a way to introduce families to hunting."
It is impossible to equate "not hating coyotes" with "paying people to murder them." Please check the APNM website for ways to
speak out against this atrocity, which reinforces the idea of New Mexico as a land of ignorant, gun-happy yahoos where no civilized person would want to visit. This is not hunting for food, it's killing for
sport, which is absolutely despicable.
[November 23, 2012] UPDATE: KOB reports that fewer than 50 coyotes were murdered in this so-called "contest," and, while hunters were brave with a gun against a
defenseless animal, they were too humiliated to even appear on camera, hiding behind boxes or buildings in shame. This hunt has brought national and international ridicule and scorn to NM:
What do you call someone who denies pet overpopulation in NM? Misinformed.
What do you call an animal group that denies pet overpopulation in NM? New Mexico Pets Alive.
Over a year ago, NMPA splashed onto the animal scene, with ideas to make New Mexico a virtual no-kill state. Since then, however, they have apparently done nothing for our homeless animals. [We contacted them several times about
their qualifications and achievements, but they never responded, and their website lists no such accomplishments.]
What they have done is make sensational statements, like grossly overestimating euthanasias in Albuquerque (10,000), when
their own figures (PDF) indicate a number two-thirds less (3,000). By exaggerating this tragic number, they hurt their credibility and create an "us vs. them" mentality by telling hard-working shelter workers
and rescue volunteers they just don't know how to do their jobs.
This was bad enough, but we realized they were actually dangerous with their ridiculous pronouncement that "we do not have a pet overpopulation problem," from their 04/14/12 e-mail entitled, "There aren't enough shelter animals to
satisfy consumer demand." This is just plain irresponsible mis-information, which hurts rescue efforts by denying the HUGE number of homeless animals in NM. This is a horrible message to send to the public, which often doesn't
understand the need for spay/neuter.
We believe that NMPA is hurting homeless animals in the state, which is why we've written this article. We hate disparaging anyone trying to help animals, but when their "help" actually hurts, we must speak up. If NMPA is really serious
about decreasing euthanasia, they must stop denying the overpopulation problem, and work for better education and increased spay/neuter in New Mexico.