New Mexico's Pet Resource SUMMER 2003



PETroglyphs features a rescue group in each issue to highlight the work that so many in New Mexico do to help animals. The PETroglyphs staff will select various groups to participate. Each group will provide answers to the same questions so that readers can learn what the group does and what its policies are. We hope you enjoy this feature.

Q. What is your groupís mission?
R. DAPS provides care, treatment and rehabilitation for the abandoned cats and dogs we rescue, arranges suitable homes for adoptable homeless animals, provides funds for low-cost or free spays and neuters, low-cost shots and vaccinations for low-income families, and emergency veterinary care for those in need. We take humane education programs to local schools and community groups. We maintain a pet food distribution service for animals in need and an on-call service to pick up injured animals and transport them to the veterinarian. We also work closely with the Fire and Rescue Department to provide emergency care for animals. Our goal is to do whatever is possible to alleviate the suffering and overpopulation of animals in Northern New Mexico. Currently weíre involved with an effort to unite the smaller animal rescue groups of Northern New Mexico in hopes of sharing ideas, funding, people power, and awareness.

Q. What is the history of your group?
R. DAPS incorporated as a non-profit in 1997, which enabled us to accept donations, apply for grants, and help more animals. We are a small organization with huge goals. There are six board members and several volunteers. We pay for about 30 spays or neuters per month and have recently sponsored a discount shot clinic at the Volunteer Fire Dept. in Dixon. One of our most successful programs is emergency veterinary care. Veterinarians often wonít see an injured or sick animal without money up front. DAPS puts up the first $50.00, then works out a payment schedule. We are onĖcall 24 hours a day for advice and help. We often get calls concerning animal abuse, poisoning, injury, dog fighting rings, and the need for food.

Q. Approximately how many animals does your group take in every year?
R. Since implementing our active spay/neuter program, our intake has gone down considerably. Currently, we have 34 dogs, 13 cats and 4 goats. Many are unadoptable due to medical or emotional problems.

Q. How many animals do you place each year?
R. As many as we can.

Q. What are your requirements for the intake and adoption of animals?
R. We help any animal in need. We interview all potential adopters and often deliver the animal to the adopter to make sure it will be in a proper home.

Q. Do you make follow-up home visits or phone calls to adopters?
R. We keep in touch with adopters for a while after the adoption.

Q. What is your adoption fee and what does that cover?
R. We accept donations. All the animals are spayed or neutered before they leave. If they are too young, we set up future appointments.

Q. What are your provisions for the return of animals if they arenít compatible with their adopters?
R. We have a return policy if the placement doesnít work out.

Q. Do you accept puppy mill or kitten mill animals? If so, what is your policy toward the probable medical expenses and toward providing spay or neuter for them?
R. We havenít been faced with puppy mill animals, but if we were, we would welcome them and be responsible for their medical bills and socialization.

Q. What is your policy concerning euthanasia?
R. We have a no-kill policy. The only reason for euthanasia is when an animal is suffering.

Q. Do you use a foster-based system or do you have a physical building to house animals?
R. We have one foster mom. The rest of the animals live on 2 acres that is fenced with three separate play and living areas. The dogs come inside at night and the cats live inside. The goats live in a large fenced area.

Q. How is the group financed?
R. We are financed through grants and public donations. It is a constant struggle to find funding, as it is with all animal groups. We are grateful to all the veterinarians who run a tab for us until the money comes in.

Q. What do you need in terms of volunteers, goods, services, etc.?
R. We need: Money, volunteers for fostering and the transportation of animals to the vet, people to fundraise, paper towels, dog houses, and fencing.

PETroglyphs thanks Jeannie Cornelius, founder of DAPS, for providing this information. You may contact DAPS at: Dixon Animal Protection, P.O. Box 96, Dixon, NM 87527. (505) 579-4608. Email:

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