Look What You Helped Us Accomplish for Animals in 2018!
Dear Friend of the Animals,
I want to take a moment, as 2018 winds down, to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping Animal Protection of New Mexico and Animal Protection Voters bring about amazing change for the animals this year… change you helped accomplish despite numerous odds stacked against success.
Please accept our sincere gratitude for helping to make these programs a reality:
- With the help of an anonymous donor, we launched our new Plant-Based Eating program. Program manager Tony Quintana says that “when it comes to animal protection, there is no greater impact you can have on eliminating animal suffering than switching to a plant-based diet. It’s easy and we’re going to show you how, by developing cooking classes and demonstrations, fun events, and more. We will also be working to encourage restaurants, schools, businesses, and even prisons to incorporate plant-based eating into their menus.”Stay tuned for more updates and information and connect with us on our new Plant-Based Eating Facebook page.
- This September, we marked the milestone of 1,000 equines helped through APNM’s Equine Protection Fund since it launched in 2010. Your support has helped provide emergency feed, gelding services, and humane end-of-life care to horses, donkeys, and mules across the state.This year the Equine Protection Fund Endowment received a very generous foundation gift that will greatly magnify the Fund’s impact and ability to provide direct care services well into the future. Today’s horses are companions, athletes, and healers, and they deserve a lifetime of humane care. While many horses in New Mexico continue to be at risk of going to slaughter in foreign countries, the EPF will continue doing all it can to ensure there are humane options for equines throughout their lives.
- Thanks to a considerable bequest from McKinley County resident Valerie C. King to the Animal Protection of New Mexico Foundation (APNMF), we launched the Humane Communities-McKinley County program services this year, partnering with the McKinley County Humane Society to magnify their programs, stretch resources, and save more animals’ lives.The partnership has already facilitated the transport of 2,666 dogs, through October of this year, to carefully vetted animal shelters and rescue organizations in other states where there is a demand for adoptable animals, giving the animals a much better chance at a forever home. And, because of the financial assistance with the relocation efforts, the Gallup McKinley County Humane Society has greatly increased the number of spay/neuter surgeries it has been able to provide: 2,021 through October, already exceeding the 1,371 total surgeries done in 2017.
- Our Chimpanzee Sanctuary Fund has now contributed $600,000 to Chimp Haven to directly support their care of former Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees. To all of our generous donors who have made this life-changing support real, thank you. You made this possible.And if you were one of the thousands who spoke up this summer to press the National Institutes of Health for the continued movement of chimpanzees out of laboratories and into sanctuary, thank you again. Our collective dedication has forever changed the lives of hundreds of deserving chimpanzees.
As we gear up for the 2019 legislative session, where we will work hard to end coyote-killing contests once and for all, get traps and poisons off our public lands, pass funding for statewide spay/neuter services, and ensure humane care for equines, I am optimistic because I know we will have you, dedicated supporter, by our side to bring about historic change at the legislature in 2019—change that will impact so many animals’ lives for the better.
Thank you for your tenacity, your strength, your empathy, and your generosity. It’s what helps us achieve our vision of “making humane the new normal.”
With sincere thanks,