APNM’s Current Initiatives
Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM): Making sure animals matter in every New Mexican community for over three decades. APNM is challenging historic and widespread animal cruelty through an ambitious set of initiatives.
Challenging Animal Cruelty
- Organize and underwrite law enforcement and agency training in cruelty investigations and ‘The Link’ between animal cruelty and domestic violence;
- Offer cruelty case rewards to locate and prosecute animal abuse offenders.
Changing Laws to Change Lives
- Under the umbrella of Animal Protection Voters, pursue improvements to local, state and federal laws for the benefit of animals;
- Pursue equine policy improvements;
- Encourage communities to adopt local laws that restrict or eliminate chaining of dogs.
Protecting Horses, Mules & Donkeys
- Train law enforcement agencies to recognize and handle equine issues;
- Develop statewide volunteer network for unwanted horses, donkeys and mules;
- Develop other equine safety net elements, such as Horse Shelter Rescue Fund;
Building Humane Communities
- Maintain, expand and promote Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) network of safe havens across New Mexico to help animals of domestic violence victims;
- Provide comprehensive input to the Animal Sheltering Board on all aspects of animal sheltering;
- Help communities create effective spay-neuter programs, publicize a directory of statewide spay-neuter resources and promote New Mexico’s spay-neuter license plate;
- Work with local, state and federal agencies to identify and strengthen the resources and capacities available to keep animals safe in natural and human-caused disasters.
Teaching Compassion for Animals
- Deliver age-appropriate presentations about animal care and safety, recognizing and reporting animal cruelty and increasing the human-animal bond in schools, community centers, neighborhood associations, native communities, colleges, elder-care facilities, universities and elsewhere;
Securing Sanctuary for Chimpanzees
PROMOTING Coexistence With Wildlife
- Cougars: Implement comprehensive Cougar Smart New Mexico outreach program on how the public can stay safe when living and recreating in New Mexico's "cougar country" by emphasizing coexistence, education and awareness;
- Influence policy-makers to enact regulations supportive of wildlife diversity and coexistence;
- Organize New Mexicans against killing contests and trapping/poisoning of wildlife on public lands.
Honoring Champions for Animals
- Every four years APNM holds its Milagro Awards ceremony to recognize and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding, humanitarian efforts to improve the lives of New Mexico’s animals and promote compassion.
Keeping New Mexicans Involved and Informed
- The Making Tracks Newsletter;
- Outreach booths at community events around New Mexico;
- Volunteer and Internship programs
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