Mora County covers 1,934 square miles in rural, northern New Mexico. It has a population of less than 5,000 and Wagon Mound is its largest village. It is also one of a handful of counties in the state that has no animal shelter, compounding the problem of unwanted dogs and cats in the area.
APNM’s new Mora County initiative has been making an impact in the region by subsidizing spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for dog and cats of residents in 11 designated zip codes. Since January 2018, 105 spay/neuters have been performed, and 89 rabies vaccinations have been administered. Thanks to a local coordinator and volunteer, Patt Lovato, this effort is highly effective, visible, and meaningful to residents in Mora County.
Mora Elementary students participate in APNM’s Animal Connection Jr. program during the summer school session as well as the regular school year.