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Thanks to your participation in our vision of a state where animals are treated with kindness and consideration, Animal Protection of New Mexico’s (APNM) programs directly and indirectly helped countless animals in New Mexico in 2011.
2011: Month after month,
Day in and day out, Animal Protection of New Mexico’s (APNM) Cruelty Case Manager is answering calls to one of two hotlines where the public reports animal neglect and abuse. In 2011, members of the public reported almost 1,000 animal cruelty/neglect issues to us. Not every case ends well for the animals, but in every case we try. These hotlines serve to inform us about what local and state laws need to be upgraded, where law enforcement need additional training, and what practices need to be changed or challenged. One savvy caller, an Amtrak passenger who reported horses and cattle she saw in jeopardy, used her GPS device and reported their exact location to our Cruelty Case Manager!
Enhanced Training and Supplies through Dept. of Public Safety
• APNM launched and successfully completed a comprehensive contract with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to train over 300 New Mexico law enforcement officers in animal cruelty investigations, and to train almost 60 therapists/counselors/social workers in how to treat animal abusers using the AniCare model of treatment for juveniles and adults. APNM also completed a 110-page ‘animal cruelty investigations field guide’ for law enforcement officers, purchased supplies critical to effective cruelty investigations and funded essential veterinary services in extreme cruelty cases.
• APNM honored animal control officers around the state for their work on the front lines for animals, by delivering fruit baskets, goodie boxes and cards of appreciation during Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.
• APNM worked with the New Mexico Livestock Board (LSB) to launch a soon-to-be-accredited training program in ‘Livestock Cruelty Investigations’ for Animal Control Officers, Sheriff Deputies, LSB Brand Inspectors and other law enforcement officers.
• APNM provided equine care information to Roswell area Livestock Inspectors who requested flyers in English and Spanish for distribution to people with horses in their region.
• APNM launched the Teddy Fund, created to fund scholarships to send animal control officers to professional training at a weeklong academy taught by the National Animal Control Association. Team Teddy, comprised of APNM staffer Randi Bildner and supporters, Charles Fox and Karol Dellitt raised $1,665 in the Santa Fe Century Bike Ride.
Equine Protection Program and Fund
APNM’s Equine Protection Program and Fund reached a milestone in 2011: 100 equines and their families were given life-saving help, including emergency feed assistance, since the inception one year prior. The Fund launched 30-second and 60-second radio PSA’s, and expanded program services to include subsidized gelding (‘neutering’ for male equines), subsidized humane euthanasia (Trails End program), and re-homing and retraining of former racehorse (Racing to Home program). The Trails End program assisted in the humane euthanasia of nine equines who likely would have become part of the grisly horse slaughter pipeline between New Mexico and Mexico. The Fund also launched its Volunteer Network, which provides feed, housing, blankets, veterinary care, and other donated goods and services to equines and their families who don’t otherwise qualify for the Emergency Feed Assistance program.
This Network sprang into action during the catastrophic Las Conchas Fire, making available lifesaving resources to equines impacted by the natural disaster. APNM promoted Santa Fe-based Barn Dogs’ project to collect new or gently used horse blankets for equines in need of additional warmth this winter.
Resources for an Informed and Compassionate Public
• In the wake of serious dog bite cases, APNM worked with the Albuquerque Journal to ensure the public understands that so-called ‘dangerous dogs’ are almost always created by humans who neglect, abuse and chain them. APNM called for responsible companion animal stewardship. An editorial and guest column by APNM’s Leslie King emphasized that dog bites occur for very specific reasons and that breed-specific, reactionary legislation does not make our communities safer. APNM offered its free dog safety and humane education presentations.
Recognizing Champions for Animals
Passing State Laws
Animal Protection Voters, APNM’s legislative arm, maintained its daily lobbying presence at the state capitol and succeeded in helping pass a bill to allow the continuation of the Animal Sheltering Board which provides crucial oversight and guidance for animal shelters. APV also supported a successful bill allowing dogs on patios of certain restaurants and a memorial to study the feasibility of a low-cost spay and neuter fund.
APV hosted its biannual Animal Lobby Day at the state capitol, training over 100 animal advocates who then lobbied their legislators to support animal protection bills. The day culminated in a high-energy press conference where legislative leaders urged citizens to stay engaged in the issues and to press hard for improvements in laws.
Passing Local Laws
• APNM coordinated with other organizations to promote wolves, their value as individuals and the important role they play in a healthy ecosystem at Wolf Awareness Day on the UNM campus.
• APNM continued its longtime efforts to promote co-existence with wild animals, specifically APNM’s Cougar Smart New Mexico campaign to keep people safe when recreating in “cougar country” and beaver mitigation projects. APNM also created a Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation section on its website, where the public can access New Mexico wildlife rehabilitators, including those who are licensed, when people find sick, injured or orphaned wild animals.
Establishing Humane Education
Chimps to Sanctuary Campaign
Throughout the year, APNM continued to expose the waste, fraud and abuse involved in plans by the National Institutes of Health to move almost 200 chimpanzees living at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) into invasive research in Texas. APNM built enormous pressure that resulted in a temporary reprieve for the chimps as Senators Udall, Bingaman and Harkin (D-IA) requested an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on the efficacy of using any chimpanzees in research. The plight of the APF chimps was revealed on CNN’s ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell, in a McClatchy special report that detailed the misery endured by the APF chimpanzees and in a Nature magazine story entitled, “Chimpanzee Research on Trial.” A harshly worded Nature editorial also criticized the lack of ethical considerations in the IOM study. APNM’s Laura Bonar, R.N. was one of only 20 individuals invited to testify during a public comment section of hearings held by the IOM, as part of their formal study on the future need for chimpanzees in research.
Exposing U.S.D.A.’s Wildlife Services
2012: APNM will be standing strong on current initiatives and deepening our ties and commitment to local communities and their needs related to animals.
Depending on the availability of funding, APNM hopes to:
• provide even more valuable support to New Mexico’s animal shelters;
Where You Come In
It’s popular and sensible to ‘Buy Local’. We hear that keeping our money in local communities magnifies its impact up to seven times. For the same reasons, it’s important to ‘Give Local’. When you give to Animal Protection of New Mexico–your local animal protection organization–you see first-hand the fruits of your generosity. Plus, you can connect with us directly. You know our names and we are only a phone call or email away!
Consider giving in one or more of the following ways so APNM can make the biggest difference it can!
• Give APNM a donation by check or credit card. Consider increasing your gift if you’re already giving.
• Make a donation from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and your contribution may not be taxed.