New Mexico's Pet ResourceFALL 2006



Carlsbad resident Don Marshall died in August at age 74 of cancer after spending his retirement helping animals. He became involved in a number of activities, including Noah’s Ark, Carlsbad’s animal shelter, and its thrift shop, the Cat’s Meow; Pet Partners along with his dog Sparky, a program where pet guardians and their dogs visit nursing homes and hospitals; and Carlsbad’s feral cat trap/neuter/release program. A former dog breeder and an obedience expert, Don wrote a book on spay/neuter, “Spay Neuter: the Right Thing To Do”, reviewed in our fall 2004 issue Spay Neuter. He also helped rewrite the proposed animal ordinance for Eddy County.

Norma Lennon Wiggins of Cat Care Network of Colorado and New Mexico commented to PETroglyphs that “Don Marshall was one of Cat Care Network’s staunchest supporters. He was planning to drive up to Ratón to meet with city and county representatives to support Cat Care Network’s trap-neuter-return program, ordinance changes, and the introduction Of low-cost spay-neuter veterinary service delivery to low-income residents of Colfax County. We have lost a friend. We will miss him.”


Dining to Donate – Visit any of the eight Albuquerque Applebee’s Restaurants on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, or Dec. 19 and mention you are there for the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico. Applebee’s will donate 15% of your ticket (excluding taxes, tip, and alcohol) to the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico!

Low-Cost Micro-Chip/Vaccination Clinic – Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, and Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-255-5523 for details.

Doggie Dash & Dawdle – It’s time again to register for the annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle! Join us for our inter-species charity race or the 2-mile Dawdle. Thousands of people and their canine companions come together to enjoy a day of fun – all to benefit the homeless pets at the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico. This year’s event will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park on Sunday, November 5, 2006 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Register at or call 505-255-5523 ext. 138.


New Mexico’s Week for the Animals will culminate its events and festivities on the Santa Fe Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with information tables from animal groups and special presentations throughout the day. For more information please call PAWS at 505-466-1525 or visit


Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary Fall Open House! Saturday and Sunday, September 30 and October 1, 2006 from 10a-5p. The sanctuary is located at 3749-A Highway 14, just 1/2 mile south of the Lone Butte General Store. For information, contact or 505-471-5366.


Low-Cost Micro-Chipping Services at Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10-4. $35 includes lifetime registration. Call 505-250-5419 for directions.

Fall Adoptathon at Petsmart, 10248 Coors Bypass NW on Saturday September 16th & Sunday September 17th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come find your new best friend.

Bow Wow Blues Health and Pet Fair on Saturday September 23rd, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3845 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM. WMRAC will be offering a low cost shot clinic and micro-chipping for $35, including registration.

Apple Festival at Rio Rancho Nursery on Saturday October 7h and Sunday October 8th. Celebrate the fall with a fabulous selection of locally grown apples and a great art fair.

2nd Annual Fur Ball on Saturday November 4th at Marriott Pyramid Hotel, Albuquerque 5:30 p.m. Join us for dining, dancing and bidding on fabulous silent and live auction items. Celebrity Guest Andrea Lake from The Apprentice. Emcees: Jackie and Tony from the Peak. For tickets call 505-867-9668.

Simon Evening of Giving at Cottonwood Mall on November 19th 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Purchase a $10 shopping pass and enjoy a private evening of shopping with over 100 door prizes, great store discounts and a One Thousand Dollar Shopping Spree drawing!

First Annual Luminaria Lighting. Join us at the Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center to celebrate all those who have passed and those we hold dear to us. Check our web site in November for selected date.

Santa Paws Pictures at Bow Wow Blues, 3834 Rio Grande Blvd. NW Albuquerque. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Have your favorite pet’s picture taken with Santa. All donations and 10% of daily sales will benefit Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center. Also at: PetsMart (Cottonwood), 10248 Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque. Dates & times to be announced in November.

Borders Holiday Gift Wrap. Let us wrap your gifts at Borders, Coors Bypass NW, Albuquerque. All donations to benefit Watermelon Mountain Ranch Animal Center. Weekends in December.


Dates for the next low-cost rabies clinics are: Sept. 10: Hermosa Middle School, Farmington; Oct 8: Koogler Middle School, Aztec

Nov. 12: Naaba Ani Elementary School, Bloomfield. All clinics run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Information on San Juan Animal League is available at: San Juan Animal League or 505-325-3366.


The Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society will hold its annual FUNdraiser with a reception, dinner, entertainment and an auction at the Pavilion of the Eldorado Hotel beginning at 4 p.m. Call Barbara Cohn at 505-983-4309 ext. 280 for more information.


New Mexico has become the 25th state to offer a license plate targeted at the care of companion animals. APNM unveiled the new spay-neuter plate at a press conference on June 27th. Fees generated from sales of the plate will go toward spay-neuter programs throughout the state.

In 2003, Rep. Irvin Harrison passed HB 566, which authorized the creation of the plate. Since then, APNM has collaborated with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) and others to get the plate designed, produced and on the cars of New Mexico drivers. The graphics for the plate were designed by Josh Leach, then a student at Albuquerque’s Art Center Design College.

Also referred to as the “Pet Care Plate,” the special plate is available from the MVD by mail only. The application is available at MVD offices and can also be downloaded at: MVD. Mail your order form to: Motor Vehicle Division, Attn: Vehicle Services Bureau, P.O. Box 1028, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028.

The fee for the plate is $37 in addition to your regular registration fee, and $25 of that goes directly to the driver’s county for spay-neuter programs. It is necessary to pay the fee each year to retain the special plate.

APNM will be working hard to promote the spay-neuter plate and will be assisting county governments that may not be aware of the program. We are offering sample contracts that counties can use to disburse funds to sterilization programs operated by local nonprofit organizations and other spay-neuter service providers. We will also continue to work with the MVD on outreach efforts.

APNM is producing a poster to raise awareness about the plate. If you can display the poster in high visibility areas such as animal shelters, stores and government offices, please call 505-265-2322 x21 or email us at Let us know how many posters you can display and where to send them.

Order the plate for ALL of your vehicles! It is a simple way to contribute to the fight to overcome dog and cat overpopulation and alleviate animal suffering. Together, we can make this the most successful special plate our state has ever had! (provided by APNM)


The New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine will conduct a series of public listening sessions to gather comments on the current statutes and rules as well as recommendations for future changes to the laws that regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in New Mexico.

The remaining public listening sessions have been scheduled as follows:

ALBUQUERQUE Thursday, October 5, 2006 7:00pm-9:00pm
(CNM (TVI) Workforce Development Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Rd., Room (TBA)

ROSWELL Thursday, October 12, 2006 7:00pm-9:00pm
(ENMU-Roswell, 48 University Blvd., Campus Union Bldg., Multipurpose Room 110)

LAS CRUCES Thursday, November 2, 2006 7:00pm-9:00pm
(NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Rd., Museum Theater)

Information gathered at these sessions will be taken into consideration for future changes to the Practice Act and/or its Rules and Regulations. Persons wishing to comment are requested to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to sign the speaker roster and if available, provide 9 copies of their comments to be distributed to Board members and staff.

Copies of the Veterinary Practice Act and the Rules & Regulations can be obtained by calling the board office at 505-841-9112.

If you are unable to attend and wish to make comments, written comments will be accepted through November 3, 2006. Written comments may be e-mailed to: (please place word “comment” in the subject line) or faxed to: 505-841-9127 or mailed to: New Mexico Veterinary Board, 7301 Jefferson Street, Ste C, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109.

Canine massage practitioner Monika Perlstein explains that “This is in regard to people’s right to take their pet to a non-veterinarian without the direct supervision of a veterinarian or a veterinary clinic, and for the non-veterinarian practitioner to be paid directly, instead of the payment being made to the supervising veterinarian.” Changes to the law will affect massage, acupressure, acupuncture, reiki, animal communication, homeopathy, chiropractic and other animal health care-related services.

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