New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board Distributes $70,000 to Spay/Neuter Programs

Nine Communities Targeted to Help Curb Dog and Cat Overpopulation

New Mexico’s Animal Sheltering Board recently provided $70,000 to benefit 16 low-cost spay/neuter programs in the following nine communities, whose public animal shelters suffer the state’s highest intake and euthanasia rates of dogs and cats:


Sixteen spay/neuter programs in nine diverse communities received life-saving funding.

- Portales/Roosevelt County, $2,170
- Clovis/Curry County, $3,010
- Roswell/Chaves County, $9,870
- Farmington/San Juan County, $12,390
- Hobbs/Lea County, $6,930
- Los Lunas/Valencia County, $9,240
- Gallup/McKinley County, $5,040
- Carlsbad/Eddy County, $4,900
- Las Cruces/Doña Ana County, $16,450

The New Mexico Legislature appropriated the spay/neuter funds in support of the Animal Sheltering Board’s work to help communities increase affordable and accessible spay/neuter services. “The Animal Sheltering Board’s strict funding guidelines ensure that all funds will be expended strictly on sterilization surgeries, in cooperation with local veterinarians,” according to chairperson Rena Distasio.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said, "I am pleased that the distribution appears to be meted out geographically. It’s good to see the rural areas receiving this needed funding."

Two strong supporters of spay/neuter appropriations in 2014 and 2015 commented favorably on the funding distributions. Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, said, "This is a great step toward the well-being of animals in our state. I look forward to continuing this work in future sessions." Sen. William F. Burt, R-Alamogordo, said, "I’m happy to see that the money is going to be used for the purpose we set aside for it. The board has explored where it can best be used and I’m happy that Chaves County can be included to increase spay/neuter services and stem the tide of overpopulation."


Legislators from other areas of the state agreed. Sen. Steven P. Neville, R-Aztec, said, “This is good news. I’m a supporter of this funding and very pleased to be able to enhance local spay/neuter efforts in San Juan County where these issues are so challenging for our shelters.” Sen. Carroll H. Leavell, R-Jal, commented, “I’m really pleased to see that Hobbs and Carlsbad are receiving funding and I think it will certainly go to a good use in both facilities.”

The Animal Sheltering Board, created by the New Mexico Legislature in 2007, licenses euthanasia providers, agencies and instructors, sets recommended shelter standards, and has recently begun addressing dog and cat overpopulation through a variety of initiatives, including funding from New Mexico’s spay/neuter license plate (see article below) and from a new voluntary tax refund contribution option for the public.

Animal Protection of New Mexico’s research shows that New Mexico’s animal shelters handle more than 135,000 dogs and cats each year; of those, over 65,000 are euthanized each year because there are no homes for them.

Funding Recipients:

- High Plains Humane Society, Clovis - Linda Cross, 575-693-1510
- Animal Welfare Alliance, Roswell - Jo McInerney, 575-622-1127
- Roswell Humane Society, Roswell - Carol Rogers, 575-622-8950
- San Juan Animal League, Farmington - Melissa Salyers, 505-947-7346
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter, Farmington - Stacie Voss, 505-599-1080
- Hobbs Animal Adoption Center, Hobbs - Melissa Funk, 575-397-9323
- Quixote Humane, Inc., Peralta - Judy Babcock, 505-869-2397
- McKinley County Humane Society, Gallup - Sena Fitzpatrick, 505-353-0193
- Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, Carlsbad - Angela Cary, 575-885-5769
- ACTion Program for Animals, Las Cruces - Michel Meunier, 575-644-0505
- Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces - Beth Vesco-Mock, 575-382-0018
- Coalition for Pets and People, Las Cruces - Thomas Townsend, 575-202-6886
- Feral Cat Management Program, Las Cruces - Michelle Corella, 575-639-3036
- Humane Society of Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces - Frank Bryce, 575-647-1416
- Spay Neuter Action Program, Las Cruces - Janice English, 575-524-9265
- Doña Ana County Big Kitty Fix, Las Cruces - Anne Markman, 575-521-6230

Drive Home the Message

[From APNM's Spring 2015 Making Tracks Newsletter]

Every year, New Mexico’s public and private animal shelters take in more than 135,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens. Of those, over 65,000 are euthanized. Every year. Can we ever turn this tragedy into a success story for New Mexico? Yes, we can, because this vast overpopulation is so preventable. Spaying and neutering dogs and cats is, of course, the best way to save lives and achieve lasting change. The challenge, however, is finding enough funding to vastly increase public access to affordable spay/neuter services statewide. In the current economy, this can only become a reality by identifying and maximizing multiple funding sources, one of APNM’s priorities for 2015 and beyond.


Help fund much needed spay/neuter programs and show your support for animals in New Mexico -- order your "Pet-Care Spay/Neuter" license plate today!

Fortunately, there is one steady, statewide source for spay/neuter funds already in place: New Mexico’s “Pet-Care Spay/Neuter” license plate. $25 of each purchase price goes directly to a state-level spay/neuter account administered by the Animal Sheltering Board, a Governor-appointed state regulatory board whose members have expertise in animal welfare issues. Last year, the board received permission to distribute the license plate revenues, which had built up to a meaningful level in the years since the New Mexico Legislature created the plate. The board made available approximately $30,000 to 44 low-cost spay/neuter programs in 28 counties.

APNM is calling on all animal advocates to help replenish this life-saving spay/neuter account. The number of plates sold directly relates to the dollars available for spay/neuter surgeries. That’s why a spay/neuter license plate for your car is a must-have for 2015. It’s one simple thing you can do that will make a huge difference for animals in New Mexico. You can feel good about promoting the spay-neuter message every time you drive your car. Plus, you’ll set a great example for other drivers to do the same.

New Mexico’s spay/neuter license plate is easy to purchase

If you’d like to help promote New Mexico’s spay/neuter license plate in your community or business, color posters are available free of charge from APNM -- download a pdf to print and share or email to get a printed copy.


Plates must be ordered from the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department (not through APNM). Order forms may be obtained at any MVD field office, MVD Express, or downloaded from the MVD website.

You can order your spay/neuter plate at any time, by mail, telephone, online, or in person. Some MVD offices have a small supply of specialty plates in stock, otherwise your plate will arrive by mail.

If you already have a current license plate on your vehicle, you will receive the new plate at the time when your regular motor vehicle registration renewal is due. If you already have a spay/neuter license plate, your renewal option notice comes to you automatically with each regular registration renewal.

Plates are only $37 each year, paid in addition to your regular motor vehicle registration fee. ($25 from each plate initially sold or renewed will go to New Mexico’s statewide dog and cat spay/neuter fund.)

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