New Mexico's Pet Resource WINTER 2004



(photos of rescued animals provided by Marguerite Bower)

Q. What is your group’s mission?

R. Bomar Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization that works with The New Mexico Livestock Board, Animal Control, State Police and Sheriffs Officers to ensure that the laws concerning animal neglect and abuse are enforced. Bomar primarily investigates all reports of suspected cruelty. Bomar rehabilitates those animals that are placed in protective custody with us due to extreme neglect and/or abuse. Our goal has been to provide a safe haven for these animals, and provide a place where the authorities can be assured that the animals they place with us will receive the best possible care and attention. We provide expert testimony along with documentation for all cruelty cases. Although our name implies “equine” we investigate all animal cruelty.

Q. What is your group’s history?

R. Bomar was incorporated in 1999. Since 1993 we’ve used our facilities to rehabilitate stray animals while working for the Alliance Against Animal Abuse. Our goal has been to provide optimum care for the animals that are seized by the authorities until a court case has been decided. We found it disturbing that the few horses that were seized by the authorities in the past did not receive the best possible care. They would usually be kept at the livestock auction yards. We offered our facility and vets to the various agencies. It took many years to build the trust we now have with them. Our members number approximately 300 . We operate with just a handful of volunteers due to the nature of our business.

Q. Approximately how many animals do you take in every year?

R. Bomar now takes in almost exclusively animals that have come from cruelty cases where criminal charges have been filed against the owner. We have never refused to take in stray cats and dogs that we find and which are quite plentiful in Valencia County. On average we rehabilitate 20-25 horses each year and spay and neuter up to 50 cats and dogs. When money allows we offer free spaying and neutering to low income individuals. Much of our work involves working with the authorities on investigating the overwhelming amount of calls received concerning suspected animal neglect.

Q. How many animals do you adopt out each year?

R. Our facilities include over 30 acres of pasture and two barns so we house everything on site. Presently we have 9 horses that are awaiting a court hearing. Since we house well over 100 animals of different species, we try to adopt out all newly rehabilitated animals. We only keep those animals that are either very old or have numerous medical or physical problems. Roughly we adopt out between 40-50 cats, 20-25 dogs and 10-15 horses per year.

Q. What is your adoption process?

R. Our adoption process is very rigorous. We thoroughly inspect each applicant and their facilities. Most adoptions result from recommendations made by our veterinarians or farrier who will refer prospective adopters to us. Because the majority of our animals have been severely neglected or abused we are very careful with whom we place them. Horse owners must realize how expensive it is to properly care for a horse.

Q. Do you make follow-up visits or phone calls to adopters?

R. Yes. We keep in contact with our adopters, but we try not to be a nuisance to the new owners.

Q. What are your adoption fees?

R. Our adoption fees are minimal although it is quite expensive to properly rehabilitate these animals. We are just extremely careful about who we adopt our animals to.

Q. What provisions do you have for return of the animals if they aren’t compatible with their adopters?

R. We have a clause in our 7 page contract that we will always take the animal back for whatever reason. Our adopted animals are never to be sold or given to another person they must return here.

Q. Do you accept puppy mill or kitten mill animals? If so, what is your policy toward their probable medical expenses and toward providing spay or neuter of them?

R. Yes, we will accept puppy mill cats and dogs with the provision that charges be filed against the operator or that the mill be shut down. No cat or dog ever leaves here without being spayed or neutered.

Q. If your group accepts cats, what is your policy toward feral cats?

R. We try to not take in too many cats or dogs because the horses are extremely time consuming. Instead we try to spay and neuter as many as our money allows. Over the past ten years we have trapped hundreds of feral cats, spayed or neutered them, and returned them to barn areas where food will be provided. We will not trap and release unless the cats are guaranteed a permanent home where food will be provided daily.

Q. What is your policy concerning euthanasia?

R. We only euthanize animals if their quality of life will be minimal or the animal is in such pain it would be inhumane to try to keep it alive.

Q. Do you use a foster-based system or do you have a physical building to house animals?

R. Due to the nature of our business all animals in protective custody must remain in our care so we house everything here.

Q. How is the group financed?

R. Our group is financed by generous members, supporters of our work, and our own money. We still haven’t had time to apply for grants. Although we provide a service to the authorities we are not reimbursed for our feed, housing or care. We only hope to win in court and have the animals remain in our custody until a suitable home is found.

Q. What do you need in terms of volunteers, goods, or services?

R. Like any animal welfare group we always need money for vet bills, feed and farrier service. Donations are used strictly for the care and rehabilitation of these animals. Due to severe neglect these animals are brought to us in extremely poor health and literally at death’s door so our vet bills can be quite high. Also, many of our cases take up to a year to be resolved and we are solely responsible for the cost involved until in caring for the animal.

PETroglyphs thanks Marguerite Bowers for providing this information. You may contact Bomar Equine Rescue at: Bomar Equine Rescue, PO Box 1038, Belen, NM 87002, Phone and Fax 861-0659, E-mail:, Web site:

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