New Mexico's Pet ResourceSPRING 2006


With this issue PETroglyphs is starting a new feature called “Unsung Hero”. We plan to celebrate New Mexicans who work tirelessly for the animals of New Mexico. These people might volunteer for rescue groups or work in shelters, veterinary offices, newspapers, magazines, or pet supply stores. They aren’t usually in the spotlight, but without their dedication to the cause of helping animals, New Mexico’s animals would have much worse lives. We offer our thanks and a big “paws up” salute to these volunteers. Without their endless hours of work and unselfish love of animals there would be no progress in the cause of animal welfare.

If you would like to send us the name of someone you think we should consider for this honor, please send the person’s name, a little bit about them, why you think they should be honored and how we can contact you. Send the information to: PETroglyphs, PO Box 28214, Santa Fe, NM 87592-8214 or email it to:


Alamogordo, NM
7:30 a.m. –

“Good morning, Nancy! Ceil, here. Hope I didn’t wake you.”

Many mornings started with Ceil Lane’s friendly, exuberant voice on the other end of my phone line. She usually had a question about a person or group she wanted to contact or an idea about new places where she could deliver PETroglyphs.

The first thing that struck me about Ceil, when I met her nearly two years ago, was the boundless energy bottled in her small, constantly moving body. The next thing I noticed was her trademark hat. One hat had animals all over it and another was straw with a bee floating up from it. But what remained with me was her dedication to people and animals in trouble. She regarded it as her mission to make life better for them.

I met Ceil when she was in Albuquerque for a conference of the New Mexico Child Abuse and Neglect Citizens Review Board, for which she volunteered. This group prevents young people from returning to abusive situations. Ceil followed the cases through the courts and was there to help the families in whatever way she could.

Realizing that children who abused animals were often abused themselves, Ceil worked to get families out of the abusive cycle. Doing this work taught her that people often wouldn’t leave an abusive relationship because they were not able to take their animals with them. Domestic violence and battered women’s shelters usually don’t have facilities to house a victim’s pets. To meet this need, Ceil started Helping Paws Sanctuary to provide temporary housing for the animals of domestic violence victims.

Helping Paws uses foster homes to house the animals until they can be reunited with their family or placed in a new home. Ceil was quite concerned that the people who fostered these animals provide a safe, loving environment for them. Fosters needed to pass a police check and sign a confidentiality form to not divulge where the animals were. Ceil also checked with their neighbors and made unannounced visits to check on the homes and the animals. Helping Paws Sanctuary also works with two veterinarians, two certified security officers and local law enforcement agencies.

Ceil’s lifelong history of loving animals was reflected in the work she chose. For many years she worked as a pet sitter and ran a business in Alamogordo called Critter Sitter. She cared for people’s animals in their homes when a family needed to be away. It didn’t matter whether the animals were cats, dogs, horses, birds or goats; Ceil cared for them as if they were her own. There was no such thing as an animal she couldn’t relate to and handle.

PETroglyphs’ mission excited her interest. She was convinced people needed the information and resources that PETroglyphs provides for free. Thanks to her efforts, PETroglyphs became available in many places throughout the Alamogordo area. She even took a stack of PETroglyphs with her to doctors’ offices and handed them out to people in the waiting rooms. Her comment to me was, “Well, these people are just sitting there anyway. They might as well learn something.”

Unfortunately for the animals and people of New Mexico, Ceil Lane died on January 11, 2006, just two months after her husband, Herb. Herb was the muscle behind Ceil’s ideas and helped her do everything from getting people out of abusive situations to picking up bedding and supplies for Helping Paws Sanctuary.

Ordinarily our “Unsung Hero” honoree will be someone who is alive and still working on behalf of animals. But, we couldn’t think of anyone who typified the dedication of an “Unsung Hero” more than Ceil Lane. She epitomized the love for animals and people in need that all of us aspire to.

She and her husband will be missed particularly by the people in the Alamogordo area whose lives they’ve touched so often. But they will also be missed by the staff of PETroglyphs and others who realize that a breath of goodness has been snuffed out prematurely.

The work of Helping Paws Sanctuary will be continued in her memory by her friends and associates. If you wish to contribute to Helping Paws Sanctuary, donations may be sent to: Helping Paws Sanctuary, PO Box 534, Alamogordo, NM 88311-0534.


The 2006 animal law seminar, “Animals: Our Laws, Their Lives!,” is scheduled for Friday, May 12th, at the New Mexico State Bar.

This year’s Animal Law Seminar is delighted to present two nationally recognized speakers. Professor David Favre of the Michigan State University College of Law, author of Animal Law: Welfare, Interests & Rights, and Ledy VanKavage, Esq., the Senior Director of Legal Training & Legislation for the ASPCA. Professor Favre will speak twice during the day. His first presentation focuses on integrating animals into the legal system, and his second discusses the globalization of animal issues. Ms. VanKavage continues our exploration of human law and animal interests by discussing public safety and animal laws. We also welcome Mayor Martin Chavez who will discuss Albuquerque’s efforts on behalf of animals, particularly the Spay/Neuter initiatives.

The State Bar, located at 5121 Masthead NE, will provide lunch, as well as a reception at the end of the seminar. It is available for $35 to those who do not require legal credits. For registration information, call the State Bar at 797-6059. For a full description of the day, check our events page.


The Albuquerque Cat Action Team (A.C.A.T.) began the Pennies for Purrs campaign on February 14, 2006.  The goal is to collect one million pennies to cover expenses such as advanced emergency medical procedures and fund the spay/neuter program.  The campaign will run from Valentine’s Day 2006 to Valentine’s Day 2007.

People are encouraged to stop at an adoption clinic at PETCO (San Mateo and Academy NE) for a label or print out a Pennies for Purrs label from the A.C.A.T. website,, put it on a two-liter pop bottle...and start saving those pennies.  One two-liter bottle holds about 3,000 pennies.  Other containers such as milk jugs or salsa jars are great, too.  Throughout the year penny donors can drop off full containers at the weekly A.C.A.T. adoption clinics.  All donors will be recognized in the Spring 2007 A.C.A.T. newsletter.


Dogs and cats are available for adoption from Bridging the Worlds Animal Sanctuary during Adoption Days from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at locations throughout Santa Fe. Adoption fees are $100 for vaccinated animals who are spayed or neutered. For unaltered puppies, the adoption fee is $75 plus a $75 deposit, which is refunded after the animal is spayed or neutered. Bridging the Worlds offers sanctuary and finds homes for healthy, adoptable dogs scheduled to be euthanized in crowded shelters. For a schedule of Adoption Day events, visit or call (505) 501-1887.


“Howl at the Moon” generously hosted and sponsored by Bow Wow Blues 3845 Rio Grande Blvd., Albuquerque, Sunday May 21st from 6 - 10 p.m. Bring your dog(s), socialize -meet other animal lovers, dance to the band, enjoy food and refreshments, agility contests and more and of course, howl at the moon!

North Shore Animal League’s 12th Annual Adopt-A-Thon, sponsored by PetsMart Charities, Friday May 5th 12-6 , May 6th & 7th  9-6 at Petsmart, Albuquerque, location to be determined shortly. Visit our web site for location  details at  www.

Dog washes at Bow Wow Blues on Saturdays starting May 20th and June 3rd, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m.  Proceeds and 10% of sales will benefit the animals at Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 3845 Rio Grande Blvd. NW,  Albuquerque, NM 87107.


Saturday, April 8, 2006. Race starts at 8 a.m. at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Bring family & friends and enjoy a nice spring run. Optionally bring your dog and run either the 5K or walk/run the 2 mile course. See the K-9 demonstrations and pick up some training information. To benefit Friends of New Mexico K-9 and The World’s Most Wanted. This race is USATF sanctioned. Register online at


As you are wading through tax forms and receipts this year, please don’t forget New Mexico’s wildlife! Look for the Share with Wildlife checkoff on your New Mexico state income tax form.

Share With Wildlife (SwW) projects are coordinated by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. However, these projects receive no state funding. They are supported entirely by donations. SwW is committed to helping wildlife in need – those animals with little or no money dedicated to them.

Share With Wildlife is devoted to non-game conservation. Projects include wildlife research, education and rehabilitation, as well as habitat preservation and conservation.

It’s easy to fill out line 2 for Share with Wildlife on the PIT-D donation form, as well as line 42 on the New Mexico Personal Income Tax form. This contribution is tax deductible in the following year.

If you donate through your tax form and would like to receive SwW’s Update magazine, write to P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Or you can email

New Mexico wildlife needs your help!
Patricia Danser
Deming Animal Guardians, P.O. Box 1275,
Deming, NM 88031-1275
Tel.: 544-2209

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