[October 1, 2015] - ABQ Animal Welfare Department is offering FREE training for Pit Bulls/Pit mixes
each Saturday in October. They want to provide resources to these dogs and the folks who love them, and understanding the Pit Bull breed is the first step. Well-trained Pits are ambassadors for this happy
breed, showing that, with a loving home and training, they make wonderful, family-friendly dogs. See our Calendar page
for info on classes. We've had many great, funny, sweet, loving pit bulls, and we're so glad that Animal Welfare can provide this program. Thanks go to Be Positive Family Dog Training, PetSafe, and Petco for their
generous sponsorship of these efforts to help end the cycle of public misconception and homelessness among Pits.
Quilt Raffle to Benefit Luvin' Labs
[July 17, 2015] - Win this beautiful 90" x 114" quilt in a raffle to benefit Luvin' Labs and help with their vet bills. You can see the quilt and purchase raffle
tickets (only $1/ticket!), at Good Shepherd Animal Clinic, 4601 Menaul NE. Raffle will be held July 24th, so don't wait, get your tickets now!
New Animal Sheltering Board Distributes $70K to Spay/Neuter Programs
[July 10, 2015] - Animal Protection of New Mexico is announcing that New Mexico's
Animal Sheltering Program has provided $70,000 to benefit spay/neuter prorams in rural counties. This program, created in 2007
by the legislature, works to increase affordable and accessible spay/neuter services across the state. Sadly, New Mexico's animal shelters handle more than 135,000 dogs and cats each year; of those, nearly half
are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
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.
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.
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.