APNM’s 2005 Accomplishments

  • APNM teamed up with The Humane Society of the United States, the New Mexico Animal Control Association and Albuquerque Animal Care Center to host a disaster preparedness workshop to train New Mexicans on how to keep animals safe in evacuations and emergencies;

  • APNM/APV staff worked with Representative Mimi Stewart to help give students the choice of an alternative to dissection in school, and in 2004 a legislative memorial called for the issue to be studied and a report submitted to the legislature. As a result of that report, in 2005 the New Mexico Public Education Department changed its regulations to mandate giving students the choice of learning from virtual dissections instead of animal specimen dissection;

  • To assist students and teachers who want to opt out of animal specimen dissection, APNM created the state's first and only Dissection Choice Lending Library so that teachers and students can use free humane educational resources as an alternative to dissection in the life sciences;

  • APNM, along with the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club, commissioned a scientific poll of New Mexico voters about trapping on public lands-the results showing 63% support a trapping ban on public lands will now serve to launch a campaign to educate New Mexicans about the cruelty of leghold traps;

  • APNM chaired the Tijeras Canyon Safe Passage Coalition, which successfully worked with the New Mexico Department of Transportation to secure key recommendations for safer highway passages to benefit animals and drivers as part of construction plans slated to begin in the canyon;

  • APNM issued training scholarships and travel stipends to 26 law enforcement officers from throughout New Mexico so they could attend a nationally-recognized and accredited week-long Level II Cruelty Investigations training held in Rio Rancho in November;

  • APNM paid for equipment, training and supported the successful transition of Roswell's municipal shelter to humane euthanasia methods;

  • With the assistance of the Judicial Education Center and the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, APNM coordinated a very well-received training of municipal judges on the link between animal cruelty and family violence;

  • APNM launched a comprehensive database of New Mexico-specific animal cruelty cases, offenders, and case results, in an effort to determine trends on animal cruelty cases;


  • APNM has worked tirelessly with the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles toward the production of a spay-neuter license plate that will raise awareness of the cat and dog overpopulation crisis in our state; and,

  • APNM recognized twelve outstanding individuals and organizations for their efforts to make animals count in New Mexico at the 2005 Milagro Awards.