Fall 2008 Newsletter

PAWS Humane Education Schoolhouse

People for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), located in Pecos, NM, has secured land in Pecos Village to house future humane education programs.

PAWS provides humane education programs in conjunction with the schools and mobile van clinics in the area and at New Mexico Week for the Animals. Now they are working toward a stand alone building to house these activities. The Humane Education Schoolhouse would also incorporate the Goodall Roots and Shoots program by focusing on care of the environment as well as animals. Proximity to the Santa Fe Forest and the Pecos River makes the center's location ideal for these activities.

Jane Carson, PAWS president, and Tom Alexander, director of humane education, met with Roy Herrera, Superintendent, and Darlene Ulibarri, Assistant Superintendent, of the Pecos Independent School District concerning ways to tailor humane education programs to the school's curriculum. The school district has also sought partnership with Schoolhouse.

PAWS has raised $30,000 of the $85,000 needed for the building. They have a $25,000 donation that is waiting to be matched. The Mayor of Pecos is interested in the project and looks forward to having final plans presented to the Village Council. In addition to the $55,000 still to be raised for the building, another $20,000 is needed for equipment and furnishings.

For more information on this project, call Jane Carson at (505) 466-1525. A volunteer is needed to help plan a schoolhouse fundraising event in Pecos. A dedication, ribbon-cutting and blessing of the land will be planned for Fall 2008.

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