New Mexico's Pet ResourceWINTER 2008


REGIONAL AND STATE ANIMAL NEWS AND EVENTS


VALENTINE’S DAY BAKESALE February 9, 2008, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. -- New Mexico Animal Friends (NMAF) will be selling baked goods to benefit their animals during the adoption clinic at PetsMart, 10248 Coors Bypass.

NEW MEXICO ANIMAL FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING February 16, 2008, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. -- Adelante Training Center, 3900 Osuna NE. Visitors, members and public invited.

NMAF ADOPTION CLINICS Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Dog Clinics – PetsMart, 10248 Coors Bypass PetsMart, 1424 Mercantile NE Cat Clinics – Petco, 3601 Old Airpot Ave NW (Westside)

SANTA FE ANIMAL SHELTER & HUMANE SOCIETY (SFAS&HS) There is a new program at the SFAS&HS to spay and neuter pit bull or pit bull mix dogs for free. They hope this will help address the dogs’ overpopulation in the area. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes account for about one in every five dogs brought to Northern New Mexico shelters. For more information on this program call SFAS&HS at (505) 983-4309.

BOUQUETS:

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS PET ADOPT-A-THON Congratulations to everyone who participated in the successful Home for the Holidays pet adopt-a-thon in December. The event was so successful that the Albuquerque shelters were emptied of animals. More than 500 animals found new homes. This is wonderful news for the people who have new pets to love, for the city and rescue groups who can now take in more animals, but most of all it is terrific for the animals who have found people to love them.

ALBUQUERQUE ANIMAL CARE CENTER Congratulations to the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department for lowering the euthanasia numbers in 2007. In 2007, 27,312 animals were brought into the Albuquerque Animal Care Center. For the first time there were more live exits than deaths. 14, 677 animals left the shelter alive and 11,968 were euthanized.

ASSISTANCE DOGS OF THE WEST (Santa Fe) The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), the nonprofit arm of Planet Dog, has awarded a $10,000 grant to Assistance Dogs of the West. Assistance Dogs of the West provides trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities in order to increase self-reliance. The PDF grant supports their partnership with the New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Family Services, to train juvenile detainees ages 12-19 how to train service dogs to perform 90 commands to help a person in need of an assistance dog. The at-risk students gain knowledge, build responsibility and compassionate awareness of people with different abilities, while making concrete contributions to the community.

PDF gives grants to organizations with small, yet effective programs which fit Planet Dog’s mission to celebrate programs in which dogs serve and support their best friends. Planet Dog is a socially responsible, globally recognized designer and developer of innovative, high quality, award-winning dog products. A percentage of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to PDF to support the grantmaking program.

To learn more about Planet Dog Foundation, visit www.planetdogfoundation.org. To learn more about Planet Dog, visit www.planetdog.com.


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