What can you do to help kids and save animals?

If you prefer to mail in your gift, please send your check in now and note “The Animal Connection” in the memo. Thank you! Donations can be mailed to: APNM, P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, NM 87192.

Be the positive change you want to see!

Wow – so far donors have given almost $2000 to support The Animal Connection in New Mexico schools. Thank you to everyone who’s already given generously!

However, we still have a ways to go to reach our $5,000 goal by December 14. Please learn more, donate, and share at this link!

APNM is seeking volunteers to help us get the word out about The Animal Connection on Giving Tuesday, coming up on Tuesday, December 1st. If you can give 30 minutes to 2 hours of time to help us make phone calls from our Albuquerque or Santa Fe offices, please send an email titled “Volunteer for #GivingTuesday” to Daniel@apnm.org today! You can also help by donating sharing this program with your friends and family, and spreading the word on social media.

Thank you for helping however you can – remember every action makes a difference!

The Animal Connection helps students realize that animal abuse and neglect can take all forms...

The discussion that day was about animal cruelty and neglect. Students shared stories of things they had witnessed that, in their opinion, constituted animal neglect and abuse: an unwanted litter of kittens drowned in the river, a horse with a cut on his leg that went unattended. Earlier in this class period, a tall, muscular, young man sitting in the back of the room, Jess, shared a story about having witnessed a dog being hit by a car.

He almost seemed proud.

During the rest of the discussion we talked about why abuse and neglect are cruel and harmful. We talked about why the animals deserve better -- that they have feelings, and need love and respect just like a human being.

When the bell rang, the students hurried off to lunch, all except for Jess. He had been crying and slowly walked up to the front of the class.

He hugged me and sobbed, “I have been abusing my cat.” He explained that, thinking it was funny, he would toss kitty litter at her when she went to use her litter box. The realization that he had been cruel to an animal was painful for him to accept, but his shame and “confession” give hope that he will now become a voice for the animals.

The Animal Connection gives children and young adults powerful epiphanies... the kind that saves lives.


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