FROM THE PRESIDENT'S KEYBOARD
by Laura Banks, D.V.M.
After two years of active participation in No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico, it is my honor to now serve as the President of the Board of Directors. We have experienced tremendous success with our efforts in the past few years and I hope to help continue this trend in 2002.
I am pleased that No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico is currently focusing its efforts on advocating and facilitating the spaying and neutering of pets. There are many individuals throughout our state that are working tirelessly and effectively on the issues of sheltering and adopting pets, and these folks know that the real answer lies not necessarily with more homes, but with less unwanted pets. I am committed to finding a solution to the problem of pet overpopulation that works for our state.
I am also thrilled to be working with such a talented and enthusiastic Board of Directors, including Tammy Bemis, Nancy Marano, Helga Schimkat, and Kim Snitker, as well as numerous volunteers, supporters, and advisors from New Mexico and across the country. It has also been "enlightening and uplifting" to interact with the staff of the many non-profit and municipal animal agencies in our state in our collaborative efforts to provide spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners.
Thank you to all that have contributed to our goals so far. I look forward to another successful year!
Laura Banks, DVM
President, No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico
NO MORE HOMELESS PETS OF NEW MEXICO PREPARES A REPORT ON PET OVERPOPULATION IN NEW MEXICO
The Board of Directors of NMHP and several volunteers have been hard at work for many months preparing a fact-based, comprehensive report on the problem of pet overpopulation in New Mexico. More importantly, this report outlines a strategic plan to solve the problem by using the preventative approach of spaying and neutering, rather than our current system of crisis management.
The report includes information about what pet overpopulation is, how it happens, why it is a problem, and what we can do about it. It also illustrates the unique needs of New Mexico. This information is, of course, second nature to those who work in the field of animal welfare. However, it is critical to get this information into the hands of those who can make a difference and begin to educate the public and our leaders about this problem.
Although the report is not quite complete at the time of this publication, the research that has been conducted so far indicates that over 74,000 dogs and cats are brought into animal shelters in our state each year. An estimated 14.8 million taxpayer dollars are spent on municipal animal control services each year, and virtually no public money is invested in prevention.
When finished, this report and strategic plan will be used to motivate our state and local leaders to take action, and to solicit support for our efforts from donors and volunteers. More information will be made available as the report is completed.
No More Homeless Pets of New Mexico wants to thank Petroglyphs for the opportunity to publish our newsletter within their publication. We believe that the mission of each organization complements that of the other. Petroglyphs provides a way for us to deliver our message about the vital importance of spaying and neutering pets to a state-wide audience. We hope this is just the beginning of a long association.
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