New Mexico's Pet ResourceFALL 2003



As we reported in our summer issue, the New Mexico State Health Department has issued regulations changing the requirement for the anti-rabies vaccine from every year to every three years. Although New Mexico cities and counties have received notice of the change, they have not yet revised their animal ordinances to reflect this change. The following is an overview of current anti-rabies vaccine regulations in New Mexico’s 33 counties:

Curry, Santa Fe, and Sandoval require an amount of vaccine “sufficient to provide immunity from rabies for a minimum of one year.”

Bernalillo, Chaves, Socorro and Doña Ana default to state law.

Cíbola, Clayton, Colfax, Grant, Lea, Los Alamos, Río Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Taos, Union and Valencia specifically require an annual vaccination, but Union makes no mention of cats.

Eddy and Luna require annual shots “in accordance with the laws of New Mexico.” Hidalgo and Lincoln have no specific clause about rabies vaccinations but require animals to wear rabies tags.

Otero’s animal ordinance has no clause about time or frequency of the vaccine, but states that it is required.

Roosevelt and Torrance do not mention an anti-rabies vaccine in their ordinances.

Mora, Harding, Guadalupe, Quay, Catron and Sierra have no animal ordinances and merely enforce state cruelty laws. DeBaca also has no animal ordinance and enforces city ordinances and state cruelty laws.

To further complicate matters, there are some 45 municipal animal ordinances in New Mexico with their own vaccine requirements, which take precedence over county and state regulations.

If you’d like to see the three-year anti-rabies vaccine requirement effective in your city or county, please contact your local officials. They may need a little “push” to revise their ordinances. As Michele Rokke, program director of animal control/law enforcement for Animal Protection of New Mexico, explains, “It would only take one person to guide it through the system in each community and make it official. In some cases, it’s just a matter of getting the word ‘annual’ changed to ‘three years’ in the ordinance, or language that defaults to the state law. And helping the counties with a way to adjust their current rabies tag system, which often coincides with licensing.”

For downloadable PDFs of New Mexico city and county animal ordinances, go to animalstation/Directory_Animal_Services/index.htm. Our thanks to Cheryl Leahy, APNM intern, for her help in researching animal ordinances.


The Food and Drug Administration announced in May that it had approved Neutersol® (zinc gluconate neutralized by arginine) as the world’s first injectable neutering drug for puppies three to 10 months old. The drug is injected gently into each testicle using a very fine needle as the puppy lies on its back, properly restrained. The exact dose is pre-calibrated by measuring the width of the puppy’s testicles. Neutersol has shown 99.6 percent effectiveness.

The advantages are obvious. The trauma of surgery is eliminated and the procedure is fast and simple. Neutersol may encourage more people to have their young dogs neutered, directly reducing animal overpopulation.

Neutersol was researched and developed by the late Dr. Mostafa S. Fahim at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his staff, sponsored by Technology Transfer, Inc. (a Missouri corporation). Addison Biological Laboratory, Inc. has been licensed to market Neutersol after receiving FDA approval. For detailed study protocols and a report of findings, please see For more information about the availability of Neutersol in New Mexico, contact your local veterinarian.


Chica’s Gift, a community spay/neuter program run by New Mexico Animal Friends, needs volunteers. The program provides free or subsidized spay/neuter for the pets of low- or moderate-income families and for feral cats. With spay/neuter costs often running $100 or higher, the support offered by Chica’s Gift often means the difference between an animal getting sterilized or not. This is a very popular program and has generated many calls to NMAF for help. Volunteers are needed to answer the phones, take application information, and arrange services through participating veterinary clinics. Volunteers are also needed to help the feral cat program by providing information on Trap-Neuter-Release, answering the phones, and staffing the monthly feral cat spay/neuter clinic. Vet techs and veterinarians are especially encouraged to volunteer for the feral cat clinic. In the Albuquerque area, please contact Beth (505-247-9772) or the NMAF office (505-881-7297).


What does PACA/AAR have to do with the September 20 AIDS Walk? This year we are joining efforts. PACA/AAR will hold an adoption clinic at the event and will have dogs to “rent” for those people who want to do the walk with a canine companion. We will also be doing microchip implants at a reduced price. We will give out goodies to kids and people who bring their own dogs. T-shirts and other items will be on sale. For information, contact Lanya at

We are also having a huge yard sale November 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., off Rio Grande Blvd. near Indian School. Look for signs. Donna Griffin ( will accept donations for the sale on the weekends prior to the event. For more information call 505-204-0227 (Margaret).


A.C.A.T.’s Annual Yard Sale will be October 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3560 Luke Circle NW, just off Rio Grande Blvd.

We need volunteers to help with setting up tables and moving items from the A.C.A.T. storage unit on Friday, October 10, for help on the selling days, and Sunday for clean up. Please call 505-323-2228 and leave a message for Helen or Susan if you can help.

A.C.A.T. will again participate at the Enchanted Cat Show on October 25 and 26 at the State Fairgrounds. Purchase special cat lover’s gift items from the A.C.A.T. table. All proceeds go to the general medical fund for A.C.A.T. foster cats. We will also have cats up for adoption.


Albuquerque Animal Services needs volunteers. We are looking for dog walkers, greeters, cattery help and people for our second grade outreach. You must be 16 years of age. Orientation dates are September 25, October 16, November 13 and December 18.

The “Halloween Adopt-a-thon” will be October 25th at the Eastside and Westside Shelters. And “Home for the Holidays” will be held December 14th at both shelters.

The Eastside Shelter is located at 8920 Lomas NE. The Westside Shelter is at 11800 Sunset Gardens SW.


Mark your calendars for Animal Protection of New Mexico’s fourth annual Milagro Awards on November 1. APNM will recognize up to nine extraordinary champions for animals at its awards dinner and ceremony. The event will take place at the Santa Fe Hilton Hotel, 100 Sandoval Street in Santa Fe starting at 5 p.m. Dinner will feature a formal Mediterranean-themed vegan banquet, live musical entertainment and ends with the awards ceremony. Tickets are $50 each and available by calling 505-265-2322 or online at

Award nominations are being reviewed and will be announced in the winter edition of PETroglyphs. All Milagro Award recipients receive a commissioned silver medallion designed and created by San Juan Pueblo artist Andrew Garcia. Each medallion features a different animal paw print engraved in the silver. Winners will be introduced with a video compilation of the work they’ve done for animals. The categories are:

§ Advocacy Award, which promotes the compassionate treatment of animals;
§ Animal Award, for exceptional animal courage and/or intelligence;
§ APNM Board of Directors’ Award, for lifelong commitment to animal rights;
§ Direct Animal Services Award, for efforts that directly improve the lives of animals;
§ Executive Director’s Award, for outstanding support of APNM’s mission and program;
§ Humane Education Award, for innovative civic education efforts that foster humane ethics;
§ Media Award, for spotlighting animal issues with courage, creativity and integrity (PETroglyphs Magazine won last year’s Media Milagro Award);
§ Youth Award, for youth activism, ethics, bravery; and
§ Spirit of the Mission Award, for bringing about precedent-setting change with a national impact that advances the animal rights movement.

Working to improve the lives of animals is often tedious, sometimes daunting, and always challenging. The Milagro Awards dinner and ceremony is an evening of appreciation, recognition and celebration of those who are actively changing the way our society views and treats animals.

Governor Richardson has signed the proclamation for the 2003 NMWFA (September 21-27). This year, however, because of Plaza construction and the failure to locate an appropriate alternate venue, the September 27th Celebration event has been canceled.

Jane Carson, State Coordinator for New Mexico’s Week, and Karen Kleeman, Plaza Coordinator, announced that in lieu of the cancellation, the organization is “committing (its) time to further outreach in outlying areas of the state for enhanced focus on humane education and spay and neuter programs.” They encouraged all friends of NMWFA to participate in animal welfare and humane education programs, particularly during this special week. For more information on NMWFA activities, visit their web site at

Antifreeze Safety (H.R. 1563):
Requires engine coolant and antifreeze to contain a bittering agent so as to make it unpalatable to children and animals.

Pet Safety & Protection:
Amends Animal Welfare Act to prohibit Class B dealers from supplying cats and dogs to research facilities.

Charitable Pet Trusts:
Allows animal guardians to establish charitable remainder trusts for pets under a uniform national system.

Family Violence Prevention:
Provides funding to help shelter the animals of domestic-violence victims and increase public awareness of the connection between animal cruelty and human violence.

Animal Fighting Ban Enforcement (S. 736 & H.R. 1532):
Authorizes felony-level jail time for animal fighting, prohibits interstate commerce of cockfighting implements, and updates provisions on animal seizure and disposition after arrests.

American Horse Slaughter Prevention (H.R. 857):
Prohibits the slaughter, domestic/ international trade and transport of horses for human consumption.

Don’t Feed the Bears (H.R. 1472:)
Prohibits the intentional feeding of bears on federal public lands in order to end the hunting practice known as “bear baiting.”

Bear Protection:
Addresses the lack of uniformity in state laws that allow poachers and smugglers to illegally trade in bear parts by establishing national guidelines to protect the bear population.

Ban Steel Jaw Leg-hold Traps (H.R. 1800):
Prohibits interstate commerce of steel-jaw leg-hold traps or fur caught with them.

Captive Exotic Animals Protection:
Prohibits interstate or foreign commerce of tame exotic mammals injured or killed for entertainment or trophies in the blood sport known as “canned hunting.”

Captive Wildlife Safety (S. 269 & H.R. 1006):
Bars the interstate and foreign commerce of dangerous exotics—including lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars and cougars—for use as pets.

Antibiotics on Factory Farms (S. 1460 & H.R. 2932):
Gradually phases out the use of “non- therapeutic” antibiotics in animals raised for food in factory farming.

Downed Animal Protection (S. 1298 & H.R. 2519):
Ends the use of nonambulatory livestock in human food and requires that these downed animals be humanely euthanized at slaughter facilities.

Truth in Tuna Labeling (S. 130):
Ensures that tuna labeled “dolphin safe” is caught without deliberately harming, chasing, harassing and netting dolphins.

Mourning Doves Nesting Season Hunting:
Amends the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to extend the hunting season for mourning doves into their nesting period. Please oppose this cruel bill!

Whaling Resolution (S. Res 55 and H. Res 216):
Opposes resumption of commercial whaling and expresses opposition to the killing of whales under the guise of “scientific research.” Visit or for more information.

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