[May 23rd, 2016] - KRQE reports that Albuquerque City Councilors voted to give more power to
the city to seize dangerous dogs. The law now requires city animal welfare officers to immediately take any dog that kills or seriously hurts a person or a pet, says the story.
Handmade Quilt Raffle for Paws to People
[April 5th, 2016] - Only $10 gives you a chance to win a beautiful, handmade, heirloom-quality quilt. Proceeds benefit Paws to People's 2016 goal of
raising $12,000 to fund a research grant for studying health advances that save the lives of people and their companion animals.
Animal Humane Goes West
[March 30, 2016] - Animal Humane has announced the opening of their Westside Adoption Center (pictured at right) at 10141 Coors Blvd. NW.
This 2200 square feet facility will house 6-8 canines and 8-10 felines at a time.
In addition to bringing adoptable pets to the Westside, Long Leash on Life will have a
store where new adopters can buy their accessories. Great job, Animal Humane, in making it easier to adopt homeless dogs and cats on the Westside!
Long Leash on Life Donates Monumental Amount of Food to Animal Food Banks
Long Leash on Life's Parking Lot Full of Food Donations
Long Leash on Life Donated to 27 Rescue Groups
[March 3, 2016] - Last December, the ever-generous Long Leash on Life donated 70,000 pounds (!) of dog/cat food to local
animal food banks and rescue organizations in response to their overwhelming needs. Local owners, Ken Wormser and Norm Strout, have been long-time, supportive friends to the ABQ animal community.
Albuquerque animal food banks served thousands of companion animals in 2015, a significant increase over previous years. Despite their best efforts, most food banks can't keep up with this growing
demand, thereby increasing
the risk of animals being given up or abandoned. A significant series of food donations from Long Leash On Life has brought relief to many under-nourished local cats and dogs. “We're
dedicated to helping these less-fortunate animals,” states Norm Shrout. “Our ongoing animal welfare commitments have recently surpassed $150,000, which include cash and
in-kind donations to local rescue organizations as well as Animal Humane New Mexico.” We in the local animal community are extremely lucky to have such caring and generous people in
our city. Thanks, Norm and Ken!
Three Dog Bakery Doggy Thanksgiving Dinners Benefit Lap Dog Rescue
[November 17, 2015] - Don't leave your dogs out of the Thanksgiving celebration! Give them some delicious Three Dog Bakery Doggy Thanksgiving Dinners and let them join in the festivities. These are
great fun for you and your dogs, with plenty of tasty flavors and interesting textures, and of course all made with very high-quality ingredients: turkey loaf, pumpkin loaf, bon bons, and biscuits. This year they
benefit the wonderful group saving smaller dogs, Lap Dog Rescue of NM. Pickup of the dinners is Monday - Wednesday, November 23rd - 25th. Orders
must be received by this Sunday, November 22nd, so don't wait!
Animal Protection Voters Endorse Pat Davis for City Council, District 6
[October 4, 2015] - Animal Protection Voters (APV) proudly announces its endorsement of Pat Davis for election to Albuquerque City Council's District 6. As the city
continues to face significant animal issues in upcoming years, every vote can be a voice for animals. "Pat Davis has a proven track record of promoting public policies that help animals, and he has committed to
continue supporting improved animal shelters, law enforcement training and more balanced coexistence with wildlife," states APV chief legislative officer, Jessica Johnson. Polls are open on Tuesday, October
6th, 7 am - 7 pm, and you can vote at any polling place. More information from the City of Albuquerque's website, including polling places and wait times.
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.
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 reported 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.