For Immediate Release

June 8, 2016


Animal Protection of New Mexico to Launch New Humane Communities Programs in Santa Fe and Las Vegas


Animal Protection of New Mexico is excited to announce the launch of Humane Communities, a new pilot program involving targeted animal protection efforts and activities within New Mexico communities. Each community initiative is designed to unite and empower community members and leaders to create substantive, lasting change, leading to improved animal welfare and protection. The program will help identify and address the unique needs and challenges facing each community, supporting individuals and groups in creating and nurturing kinder, more humane places to live, work and play.

APNM will host two launch celebrations to present this new pilot program to each community. On June 16, 2016, the Santa Fe community is invited to join us for an event at our APNM office at 1111 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy meeting Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, vegan refreshments, and music from the award-winning duo Indigie Femme.

On June 25, 2016, the Las Vegas celebration will be held in conjunction with ArtBark 2016, an annual fundraising event for the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico and the AWC Pet Center (Las Vegas Animal Shelter), featuring original art donated by local artists and for sale at both silent and live auctions, live music by the Mild Rovers and refreshments. This event will take place at 905 University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701, from 4-7 p.m.

Humane Communities’ strategic approaches may include community mobilization, animal shelter assistance, humane education, building fences as a humane alternative to tethering dogs, humane policymaking, and providing resources to municipal and county animal care and control services. The Santa Fe and Las Vegas area communities are the initial focus of the pilot program, with a metrics-based, strategic plan for expanding similar initiatives in communities across the state.

These launch celebrations are an opportunity to meet state and local officials, community leaders, and like-minded residents, learn about the program’s comprehensive, collaborative and inclusive approach to animal welfare and protection issues unique to the Santa Fe and Las Vegas area communities. For more information on the Humane Communities program (apnm.org/programs/humane-communities), please contact Eileen McCarthy, Humane Communities program manager at Eileen@apnm.org or (505) 603-8916.

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Media Contact:

Sara Palmer, Communications Director

Animal Protection of New Mexico

505-908-0622

sara@apnm.org

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