ANIMAL NEWS AND VIEWS
BENEFIT ALBUQUERQUE’S HOMELESS CATS
Mark your calendars now for the Enchanted Cat Club’s annual Howl-O-Ween Cat Show. The show is October 8 and 9 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds, School Arts Building. Admission costs are $4.00 – adults, $3.00 – seniors (65+), $1.00 – children (to 12).
Proceeds from the show go to rescue groups caring for Albuquerque’s homeless cats. Watch purebred cats and kittens compete for championship ribbons. Pick your favorite in the cat costume contest. Plenty of vendors will be there with products for cats and the people who love them. Scores of knowledgeable cat people will be happy to answer questions on cat behavior, health and nutrition, breeds, or cat rescue. Photography is allowed. Join the fun and help homeless cats.
WIN THIS TRUCK OR ANOTHER GREAT PRIZE
Help support Animal Humane and get a chance at these wonderful prizes:
First Prize: brand new Ford F-150, in your choice of color, from Rich Ford.
Second Prize: Mexican Riviera cruise.
Third Prize: signed Isotopes poster from opening day.
Tickets are $5 and are available at Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia SE, 255-5523, and at the AHA Thrift Store. You can also purchase them with your credit card by calling Kathy at 255-5523 ext. 132, or by sending a check for the desired amount, along with your name, address, phone, and e-mail to 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Raffle to be held at the Doggie Dash in November. Winners need not be present. For more information call 255-5523 ext. 133.
23rd ANNUAL DOGGIE DASH & DAWDLE NOVEMBER 6th
It will take place at Balloon Fiesta Park. Register now at www.active.com (More race info at www.active.com). Cost is $25 for early registration, $30 after October 23. Kids under 12 are $10 early, $15 after October 23.
Human only 5k run: Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Run begins at 8 a.m. Six-legged 5k fun run- Human and dog: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Race starts at 10:30 a.m. Six-legged walk: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Walk starts at 11a.m.
Race packet includes- Race bib, long sleeved Dash t-shirt, miscellaneous goodies. Race packet pick-up at AHA, 615 Virginia SE, begins on Wed. October 26, ends Sat. November 5. Race packets can also be picked up at Athlete’s Edge, 7120 Wyoming Blvd. NE, dates the same. Contact Creed Strever, 255-5523 ext 133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOW COST SHOT/MICROCHIP CLINIC
Animal Humane Association of New Mexico at 615 Virginia SE (west of KAFB Wyoming gate). 1-4 p.m. October 2, November 6, December 4. Call 255-5523.
MILAGRO AWARDS OCTOBER 15th
The 2005 Milagro Awards will be presented in Santa Fe on Saturday, October 15 at the Eldorado Hotel, 309 W. San Francisco St., beginning at 6:00 p.m. (cocktail hour starts at 5:00 p.m.). The winners are:
Advocacy Award: Kim Snitker, Albuquerque; Animal Award: Timber, Santa Fe (see our Winter 2004 issue for her story); Board of Directors’ Award: Gayla Burton, Albuquerque; Direct Animal Services Award: Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, Santa Fe; Executive Director’s Award: 12th Judicial District Attorney Scot Key, Alamogordo; Humane Education Award: Doña Ana County Humane Society Kids Camp, Las Cruces; Lawmaking Advocacy: Senator John Grubesic, Santa Fe and Representative Miguel Garcia, Albuquerque; Media Award: Sandy Nelson, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe; Spirit of the Mission Award: Senator Ortiz y Pino, Albuquerque and Representative Kathy McCoy, Cedar Crest; Youth Award: Alysha Lenderman, Edgewood.
For reservations, contact Animal Protection of New Mexico at 255-2508 or email email@example.com.
ANNUAL FUR BALL NOVEMBER 12th
Dining, dancing, dinner, silent and live auction at the Marriott Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque to benefit the animals at Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Vacations, dining, art, spa packages and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. Call 867-9797 to order tickets or visit our website at www.wmranch.org.
On November 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque will be reserved exclusively for the use of shoppers who have purchased Simon Evening of Giving tickets from Watermelon Mountain Ranch. The event will feature store discounts throughout the mall, family entertainment, food sampling and great door prizes. To purchase your $10 ticket please call 771-0140 or visit us at www.wmranch.org.
4th ANNUAL BOW WOW BLUES DOGGIE SOCK HOP
Join us for a blast back to the past with a 50’s themed event for the dogs on October 22. Proceeds help the abandoned animals at Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Enter your dog in our costume contest, bid on art, laugh at the Doggie Cake Walk, and more. Visit www.wmranch.org for further details. Bow Wow Blues is at 3845 Rio Grande Blvd.
SANTA CLAUS PET PHOTOS
Don¹t miss out on Fido’s photo with Santa! Visit Petsmart Renaissance in Albuquerque on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 11-4 p.m. A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit homeless animals at Watermelon Mountain Ranch. Visit www.wmranch.org for further information.
NEW MEXICO’S WEEK FOR THE ANIMALS SEPTEMBER 18th-24th
This year the final day’s events will be held at the new Santa Fe Shelter at 100 Caja del Rio Road. The Blessing of the Animals is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tours of the shelter, a humane education table, and an art exhibit will also be offered. The awards ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. Call 983-4309 for directions.
2005 FEDERAL ANIMAL PROTECTION BILLS
Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (S. 382/H.R. 817)
Increases penalties to felony level for violations of federal animal fighting laws and prohibits the interstate and foreign commerce of cockfighting weapons. S. 382 passed Senate by unanimous consent. H.R. 817 awaiting action in House.
Amend the Horse Protection Act (H.R. 503 and S. 576)
Reinstates protections removed by the 2004 Omnibus Spending Bill rider to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption and other purposes. H.R. 503: NM co-sponsor Representative Tom Udall.
Rahall-Whitfield Amendment to the Interior Appropriations Bill (House Amendment 184)
Prohibits use of tax dollars to support the sale of wild horses and burros for slaughter. Passed the House. Representatives Heather Wilson and Tom Udall voted for the amendment. Will be considered by Senate.
Preservation of Antibiotics Act (S. 742 & H.R. 2562)
Preserves the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the treatment of human and animal diseases by eliminating some non-therapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock (e.g., growth promotion and prevention of disease caused by overcrowding and unsanitary conditions of factory farms).
Pet Animal Welfare Statute of 2005 (S. 1139 and H.R. 2669)
Amends Animal Welfare Act to strengthen ability of the Secretary of Agriculture to regulate pet industry; extends animal welfare protections to address the sale of puppies and kittens over the Internet and through newspaper ads, closing a loophole designating those breeders as “pet stores”. See our article Puppymill Horrors and the PAWS Bill.
Pet Safety and Protection Act (S. 451)
Prohibits Class B (random source) dealers from selling dogs and cats to research laboratories and prevents sale of stray animals to labs but does not prohibit the continuation of research on dogs and cats. Also allows but does not require animal shelters to turn over owner- relinquished animals to research labs.
Antifreeze Bittering Act (S. 1110 & H.R. 2567)
Requires addition of a bittering agent to render antifreeze unpalatable to animals and children. This is, in essence, a national version of Scooby’s Law, passed this year in New Mexico. NM co-sponsors: Rep. Heather Wilson, Sen. Pete Domenici.
Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1509 and H.R. 1329)
Prohibits interstate and foreign commerce in nonhuman primates for the pet trade. Monkeys and apes are not suitable as pets because they carry human-transmissible disease and can be physically dangerous.
Sportsmanship in Hunting Act (S. 304 and H.R 1688)
Bans interstate transport of exotic animals for purpose of shooting them in canned hunts. Canned hunting involves paying a fee to kill a captive animal on enclosed property.
Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting Act (H.R. 1558)
Prohibits computer-assisted remote canned hunting on the Internet allowing clients to kill animals by a click of the mouse.
To view texts of bills, visit thomas.loc.gov and type in the name of bill (e.g., S. 304). For more animal bills and information on contacting your representatives, go to www.apvnm.org.