ANIMAL NEWS AND VIEWS
ACAT TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON
ACAT will start selling raffle tickets on April 1st for their annual raffle. Proceeds from the raffle benefit their medical program for all cats in their system and it also funds their feral cat trap-neuter-release program.
Tickets are $2 each or 7 for $10. The prize list is still being developed but includes wonderful prizes like a private balloon ride for two, and gift certificates to local restaurants and from local merchants for goods and services.
Tickets can be obtained at each Saturday adoption clinic at PETCO on San Mateo & Academy from 11-4 or by calling (505) 323-2228.
The prize list will be posted by April 1st on their website www.albcat.com
ANIMAL HUMANE ASSOCIATION OF NEW MEXICO
SCHEDULE OF UPCOMING EVENTS
Mobile adoptions, Wild Oats, Carlisle and Indian School.
Mobile adoptions, Bow Wow Blues, 3645 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Mobile adoptions, Whole Foods, Academy and Wyoming.
Mobile adoptions, Bound to be Read, Academy and San Mateo.
AHA Vaccine Clinic 1-4pm at the main shelter, 615 Virginia SE
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! - Volunteer at the City of Albuquerque, Animal Services Division
Volunteers walk dogs, work with cats, greet the public and go to the elementary schools with our mascot. The next orientation is March 20th at 10:00 a.m. Please call Karen Davis at (505) 764-1137 to register. There will be another orientation on April 17th.
NOAH’S ARK SPAY/NEUTER VOUCHER PROGRAM
by Don Marshall
Noah's Ark Inc., a local non profit organization, had been operating an animal shelter in Carlsbad for a period of almost six years. The purpose was to house unwanted dogs and cats and adopt as many as possible after spay/neutering. Because of overcrowding and serious problems with their water supply, Noah's Ark decided to close that shelter and build a new one closer to town and incorporate more modern design. During the first five years of operation they had adopted and spay/neutered 1,000 dogs and cats--or 250 per year. It was pointed out that during this same five-year period the local city-operated shelter in Carlsbad had euthanized over 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats due to overpopulation.
Noah's Ark made the decision to concentrate their efforts on spay/neuter based on a 3-to-5 year plan, in order to reduce the numbers of unwanted dogs and cats, and then perhaps build a new shelter. Since October 1, 2001 they have issued 150 spay/neuter certificates per month to local residents in the city and county for companion animals.
This program is funded by the Noah's Ark thrift store, the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County. Two grants of $7,500 each have been received in 2002 from the Summerlee Foundation and the Bob Barker Foundation. The SNAP Houston mobile surgery van was brought to Carlsbad in December and the feral cat part of the program was begun. Two hundred and nine feral cats were altered in 8 days from local feral cat colonies. This will be continued with a feral cat Trap- Neuter-Release effort once a month. All surgeries of companion animals and the ongoing feral cat program are done by our local vet clinics. During the first 15 months of operation euthanasia has been reduced by 30%, impounds are down and adoption is up at the city animal shelter.
When the 150 spay/neuter certificates are issued each month for companion animals, no one is turned away, but a $10 contribution is requested.
During the first 15 months of operation over 2,000 dogs and cats have been altered. A large percentage of these are from low-income families.
The success of this effort is due to the complete support of Carlsbad and Eddy County residents, the city and county governments, and the wonderful volunteers who make it all come together. Besides the savings to Eddy County taxpayers, we believe in two more years the entire county will become a no-kill county, meaning that the only animals euthanized will be sick, injured or vicious.
BARK IN THE PARK
Mark Saturday, May 17 on your calendar. You don't want to miss the 5th annual "Bark in the Park" at the Rio Rancho Sports Complex, 3501 High Resort Blvd., Rio Rancho. From 11:00 - 4:00 dogs will compete in 14 different "FUN" events. No prior experience is needed and the event is open to everyone.
In addition to all the dog fun, there will be representatives from various animal organizations, demonstrations, vendors with free samples, as well as items to buy, and adoption opportunities. PETroglyphs will participate with an information booth as well as providing judges for some of the contests.
Come out to see us and have a wonderful time. Don't forget to bring your dog. After all, it's his event.
For further information or directions call Krista Welsh at (505) 891-7205.
ANIMAL WELFARE BOARD ANNOUNCED
Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez has created an Animal Welfare Board to oversee and improve the care of animals brought to the two Animal Services Division locations and to help reduce the number that are euthanized.
The members of the board and their areas of expertise are Marj Bernbaum, veterinary medicine; Susie Smith and Vickie Williams, pet rescue; Viki Harrison Elkey, spay/neuter advocacy; Deb Hibbard, general management; Doug Schneebeck, law; Patte Klecan, domestic pet breeders; Mike Melloy, animal behavioral training; and Kim Snitker, Jackie Fishman, Dee Dee Stroud, Lynn Lucchetti, and Lee DiClemente, members-at-large.
This year's DogFest, sponsored by Three Dog Bakery, will combine DogFest, an annual film festival, and "So You Want A Dog," an informational event centered on what you need to know about various dog breeds before adopting one.
DogFest is a film festival where people make films starring dogs, their own or someone else's. Prizes are awarded to the winners, and the winning films are shown at DogFest. Plans are in the works to hold DogFest this August at the Albuquerque Balloon Park. Get entry rules at Three Dog Bakery. Call (505) 294-2300 or stop by the Bakery at 9821 Montgomery, just east of Eubank in Albuquerque.
Start working on your scripts now and make sure your dog will be ready for her
ANIMAL BILLS IN THE ROUNDHOUSE
As PETroglyphs went to press, only two weeks remained of the 2003 New Mexico legislative session. The fates of two important animal bills--the long overdue cockfighting ban (HB559) and the animal hoarding bill (HB19)--were still pending.
The cockfighting ban bill was first introduced in the Senate by Sen.Steve Komadina (R) but was defeated in the Conservation Committee at an emotional, hours-long public hearing on the Senate floor packed with cockfighting proponents and animal advocates on February 4th. The "do not pass" motion was largely due to the political manipulations of Sen. Manny Aragon (D). It was reintroduced by Rep. Ron Godbey (R) in the House soon after. The House bill passed the Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on March 4th in another crowded three- committee meeting on the House floor. It was scheduled to be voted on in the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees and then on the House floor before returning to the Senate, if passed.
The animal hoarding bill, which provides for penalties for companion animal hoarding and was introduced by Rep. Joseph Thompson (R), has already passed the House. It will be considered by the Senate Conservation and then Judiciary committees. (Don't miss the article on animal hoarders by Mickey Rogers on the following page).
Also, an animal vaccination bill introduced by Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D) and then withdrawn from the legislature by its sponsor, would have changed the annual rabies vaccination requirement for dogs and cats to every three years and was supported by many veterinarians. It was decided that is is more appropriate for the Health Department to study this matter, and this department will consider issuing new rabies vaccination regulations after hearing public input on the pros and cons of the rabies vaccination schedule.
Our summer issue will include an updated, in-depth article about these bills and others. If you'd liketo download the texts of any of the above bills, please go to legis.state.nm.us. For information about how you can get involved in the animal advocacy political process, visit Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico at www.apvnm.org.
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