New Mexico's Pet ResourceWINTER 2005



by Ann Beyke, Community Relations Director
(photos by David Reed, Legends of New Mexico)

Fur sure did fly on Sunday, November 7th at Balloon Fiesta Park, when over 2,500 people gathered for the 22nd annual Doggie Dash and Dawdle. A benefit for Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, the event was the biggest in history with over 1,500 runners and walkers and lots of onlookers. Fifteen animal groups were present to talk with attendees about specific dog breeds and vendors provided people an opportunity to gather information on services ranging from pet sitting to grooming and doggie fashions.

This is the second year that the event has taken place at Balloon Fiesta Park, which allowed for additional activities such as Jack Russell Terrier racing and fly ball, as well as leisurely hanging out on the grass after the 5 k run and 2 mile walk.

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of companion animals through sheltering, adoption, community education and programs that reduce pet overpopulation.


615 Virginia SE (one block west of Wyoming/south of Zuni)
December 5th/Sunday - 1- 4pm
January 2nd/Sunday - 1- 4pm
February 6th/Sunday -  1- 4pm
March 6th/Sunday  - 1- 4pm

Opened in June of 2004, the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New Mexico is a new, state-of-the-art veterinary facility in Albuquerque. The 12,000 square foot building includes a physical therapy room with a hydrotherapy pool and built-in treadmill for the rehabilitation of animals and the only dedicated CT Scanner for animals in the state of New Mexico. Among the other resources available at the new facility are eight exam rooms, a fully equipped medical laboratory, three surgery rooms with the latest equipment, 72 kennels/cages with four different animal wards, and a dedicated isolation ward. There is also a new x-ray machine and a 500 sq. ft. room for continuing education meetings.

This facility houses the Albuquerque Emergency Clinic, which is open 24 hours a day. Several veterinary specialty practices also work out of this facility. These include Veterinary Surgical Specialists of New Mexico (Drs. Schwarz and Allen), Dermatology Clinic for Animals (Drs. Lewis and Schick), Canine Physical Rehabilitation of New Mexico (Dr. Hardy), Veterinary Cancer Care (Dr. Kelly), Veterinary Pain Management (Dr. Tomasic), Eye Care for Animals (Drs. Merideth, Barrett and Kennard), and ultrasonography (Naomi Burtnick, MT ASCP).

The facility is located at 4000 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. (505) 883-8837 or (505) 884-3433.

There has been a change in the leadership of the Humane Society of Otero County.  Dr. Jeanette Ashwood is President, Joe Trenter is Vice President, Agnes Boas is Secretary and Carl Ashwood is Treasurer. This organization is dedicated to establishing and sponsoring local educational programs on animals and animal issues, providing emergency medical care for injured homeless animals,  providing and promoting low cost spay/neuter clinics, and advocating and supporting the enforcement of animal welfare laws, statutes, and ordinances.

Upcoming events:
The Humane Society of Otero County is sponsoring SNAP in Alamogordo on January 24, 25, and 26. Those in Otero County interested in this program should call Agnes Boas (505) 443-0155 or e-mail her at You may also call the Humane Society of Otero County at (505) 434-0316.

 A new shelter, Stray Hearts Animal Shelter of Taos, opened on November 30 to replace the Humane Society of Taos, which closed its doors in August. [PETroglyphs will run an article in the Spring 2005 issue on the new shelter.]  Contact information is:

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter of Taos 1200 St. Francis Lane
Taos NM 87571
Trish Hernandez, Executive Director
11 - 6 Monday-Friday
10-4  Saturday
  Closed Sunday

The Animal Protection of New Mexico Milagro Awards dinner was celebrated this year at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe on October 23rd. The gala event, which also commemorated APNM’s 25th Jubilee anniversary, included guest speaker Ingrid Newkirk, President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

APNM’s Milagro Awards annually recognize individual and collaborative humanitarian acts on behalf of animals. The 2004 Milagro Award recipients are:

Advocacy Award: (promoting the compassionate treatment of animals): Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of prairie dogs, antifreeze safety for animals and children and highlighting issues of animal cruelty with the public.

Animal Award: (exceptional animal courage and/or intelligence): Scooby, Bernalillo, whose life and death were captured in the media this past year, and whose legacy is helping to ensure antifreeze safety for animals and children.

Board of Directors’ Award: (lifelong commitment to animal rights): Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, Santa Fe, for their support of a broad range of APNM’s animal advocacy programs spanning more than a decade.

Direct Animal Services Award: (efforts that directly improve the lives of animals): Jan Bandler (deceased), Cerrillos, for her tenacity in creating a horse rescue facility and her dedication to educating policy-makers about the need for effective investigation of animal cruelty cases across New Mexico.

Executive Director’s Award: (outstanding support of APNM’s mission and program): Attorney General Patricia Madrid, Santa Fe, for her active role in providing stronger legal protections for animals and her dedication of resources to ensure that chimpanzee endowments were not mismanaged by the Coulston Foundation.

Humane Education Award: (innovative civic education efforts that foster humane ethics): Bomar Equine Rescue and Rehab Center, Belen, for their effective outreach, training and education of the public, law enforcement and other agencies about animal cruelty and natural disaster preparation.

Media Award: (spotlighting animal issues with courage, creativity, integrity): Valencia County News-Bulletin, Belen, for providing media space to animal causes every week for the past several years and consistently including articles that educate the public about important animal issues.

Youth Award: (youth activism, ethics, bravery): William Klepper, Hobbs, for his consistent involvement with the Lea County Humane Society as a volunteer, his activism to find shelter animals good homes and his outreach to the public and neighbors about shelter animals and spay/neuter programs.

For more information and photos of the event, visit the APNM website at

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