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You Know It:
Your Individual Actions Matter

 

Thanks to your participation in our vision of a state where animals are treated with kindness and consideration, Animal Protection of New Mexico’s (APNM) programs directly and indirectly helped countless animals in New Mexico in 2011.

Given the recent landmark announcement by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accept the results of an independent report–requested by New Mexico’s Senators Udall and Bingaman–that found the use of chimpanzees in research to be largely unnecessary, it couldn’t be more clear that you and APNM are making a gigantic and positive mark on public policy for the protection of animals.

New Mexico’s Senators then stepped up again, asking NIH to specifically give a permanent reprieve to New Mexico’s chimpanzees still at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF). With your participation, APNM will remain steadfast in our resolve to see that restrictions on the use of chimpanzees in research will result in permanent sanctuary for the deserving chimps at APF. Clearly, our imprint is being felt locally and nationally!

Many of you are telling us our approach to change is making strides never before seen in our state. In addition, we constantly hear people from other states say, “I wish we had an APNM in our state!,” or “No one in any state is doing what APNM is doing in New Mexico.”

With you in the picture, we’ll continue on this path to success. We all know lasting change doesn’t happen overnight, so we count on your long-term commitment to APNM. The hopeful vision we share is a constantly moving target, with improvements being made, but challenges always ahead of us. We can and will be persistent, insistent and prove that life-affirming approaches are not only feasible, but are better for our communities.

Whether you’ve been supporting us for decades, or have just recently gotten involved, thank you for helping us achieve great things! As we gear up for 2012 and all it offers, we need you now more than ever, and so do the animals. Please consider how you might increase your involvement in our work, whether it’s an increased gift if you can afford it, increased volunteerism if you can’t, or both!


Elisabeth Jennings
Executive Director

 

2011: Month after month,
APNM made positive changes
you can see and feel
in New Mexico’s communities.


Ensuring Crimes Against Animals
are Taken Seriously


Animal Cruelty Hotlines

 

Day in and day out, Animal Protection of New Mexico’s (APNM) Cruelty Case Manager is answering calls to one of two hotlines where the public reports animal neglect and abuse. In 2011, members of the public reported almost 1,000 animal cruelty/neglect issues to us. Not every case ends well for the animals, but in every case we try. These hotlines serve to inform us about what local and state laws need to be upgraded, where law enforcement need additional training, and what practices need to be changed or challenged. One savvy caller, an Amtrak passenger who reported horses and cattle she saw in jeopardy, used her GPS device and reported their exact location to our Cruelty Case Manager!

 

 

Rewards

APNM offered and/or matched rewards of up to $4,500 for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of people who intentionally killed animals in two cases: one in Taos and one in Albuquerque.

 

 

 

 

Enhanced Training and Supplies through Dept. of Public Safety
Grant/Other Law Enforcement Support

 

• APNM launched and successfully completed a comprehensive contract with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to train over 300 New Mexico law enforcement officers in animal cruelty investigations, and to train almost 60 therapists/counselors/social workers in how to treat animal abusers using the AniCare model of treatment for juveniles and adults. APNM also completed a 110-page ‘animal cruelty investigations field guide’ for law enforcement officers, purchased supplies critical to effective cruelty investigations and funded essential veterinary services in extreme cruelty cases.

• APNM honored animal control officers around the state for their work on the front lines for animals, by delivering fruit baskets, goodie boxes and cards of appreciation during Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

• APNM worked with the New Mexico Livestock Board (LSB) to launch a soon-to-be-accredited training program in ‘Livestock Cruelty Investigations’ for Animal Control Officers, Sheriff Deputies, LSB Brand Inspectors and other law enforcement officers.

• APNM provided equine care information to Roswell area Livestock Inspectors who requested flyers in English and Spanish for distribution to people with horses in their region.

• APNM launched the Teddy Fund, created to fund scholarships to send animal control officers to professional training at a weeklong academy taught by the National Animal Control Association. Team Teddy, comprised of APNM staffer Randi Bildner and supporters, Charles Fox and Karol Dellitt raised $1,665 in the Santa Fe Century Bike Ride.

• Through the generosity of our southern New Mexico members, APNM donated a microchip scanner to the small town of Bayard’s Animal Control department, so they could reunite lost animals with their people.


Elevating Animal Protection Issues
in the Public Consciousness


Equine Protection Program and Fund

 


APNM’s Equine Protection Program and Fund reached a milestone in 2011: 100 equines and their families were given life-saving help, including emergency feed assistance, since the inception one year prior. The Fund launched 30-second and 60-second radio PSA’s, and expanded program services to include subsidized gelding (‘neutering’ for male equines), subsidized humane euthanasia (Trails End program), and re-homing and retraining of former racehorse (Racing to Home program). The Trails End program assisted in the humane euthanasia of nine equines who likely would have become part of the grisly horse slaughter pipeline between New Mexico and Mexico. The Fund also launched its Volunteer Network, which provides feed, housing, blankets, veterinary care, and other donated goods and services to equines and their families who don’t otherwise qualify for the Emergency Feed Assistance program.

This Network sprang into action during the catastrophic Las Conchas Fire, making available lifesaving resources to equines impacted by the natural disaster. APNM promoted Santa Fe-based Barn Dogs’ project to collect new or gently used horse blankets for equines in need of additional warmth this winter.

 

 




Partnerships

• APNM contributed $1,000 each to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, the Española Valley Animal Shelter and $2,000 to the Wildlife Center, extending support to domestic and wild animals impacted by the catastrophic Las Conchas wildfire. APNM also urged its members to contribute to the shelters.

• APNM, in conjunction with the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department and Bernalillo County Animal Care Services, developed a Straw Fund partnership in which APNM is collecting donations for straw purchases, and the animal care agencies distribute the straw to be used as insulation and bedding for animals during the cold winter months. Instructions about proper cold weather care for animals is also being distributed.

 

 

Resources for an Informed and Compassionate Public

• To help animal advocates in every nook and cranny across New Mexico, APNM published a major update to its online offering of local animal ordinances and related resources on animal law in the state. Direct links to laws in 79 municipalities and 20 counties allow citizens to know exactly what laws exist in their area. The animal law section tells people how to report animal cruelty, and how to make sense of ordinances, laws, regulations and court decisions. For advocates dedicated to long-term change, APNM created a step-by-step guide to improving animal ordinances.

• In the wake of serious dog bite cases, APNM worked with the Albuquerque Journal to ensure the public understands that so-called ‘dangerous dogs’ are almost always created by humans who neglect, abuse and chain them. APNM called for responsible companion animal stewardship. An editorial and guest column by APNM’s Leslie King emphasized that dog bites occur for very specific reasons and that breed-specific, reactionary legislation does not make our communities safer. APNM offered its free dog safety and humane education presentations.

• APNM publicized tips for keeping animals safe in winter’s extreme weather, requesting information distribution on/in major media outlets.

 

Recognizing Champions for Animals

• APNM’s nominee for a ‘Red Cross Real Hero’ award, Torrance County Deputy Sheriff, Erwin Greven, received the award at a public ceremony organized by the Red Cross.

• APNM announced its 2011 Milagro Award winners, 16 exceptional individuals who advocate for animals across 13 award categories. APNM hosted its 2011 Milagro Awards to honor 16 champions for animals in thirteen categories, with nearly 300 people attending the gala affair.

 

Institutionalizing the Humane Treatment
of Wild and Domestic Animals

 

Passing State Laws

Animal Protection Voters, APNM’s legislative arm, maintained its daily lobbying presence at the state capitol and succeeded in helping pass a bill to allow the continuation of the Animal Sheltering Board which provides crucial oversight and guidance for animal shelters. APV also supported a successful bill allowing dogs on patios of certain restaurants and a memorial to study the feasibility of a low-cost spay and neuter fund.

APV hosted its biannual Animal Lobby Day at the state capitol, training over 100 animal advocates who then lobbied their legislators to support animal protection bills. The day culminated in a high-energy press conference where legislative leaders urged citizens to stay engaged in the issues and to press hard for improvements in laws.

 

Passing Local Laws

APNM celebrated the passage of major improvements to the Rio Rancho ordinance after three long years working for change: Requirements for spay-neuter of cats; phasing out pet shop sales of dogs and cats; and stronger protections for tethered dogs.

Wildlife

 






• APNM coordinated with other organizations to promote wolves, their value as individuals and the important role they play in a healthy ecosystem at Wolf Awareness Day on the UNM campus.

• APNM partnered with River Source and The Bosque School, using a grant from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, to host an all-day workshop on coexisting with beavers, called ‘Celebrate Beavers Day’.

• APNM and its partners (the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians and Born Free USA), launched the ‘Trap Free New Mexico (TFNM)’ campaign in response to the New Mexico Game Commis concerns. TFNM hosted the People’s Forum on Public Lands Trapping, inviting the public to voice its opinions about cruel and dangerous traps on public lands. APNM promoted the People’s Forum Survey on trapping, encouraging participation in a formal survey on whether traps should be banned on public lands. APNM and other partner organizations hosted Bobcatpalooza, to celebrate bobcats in New Mexico, and to expose the cruelty of leghold traps and the danger they pose to the public who recreate on public lands.

• APNM continued its longtime efforts to promote co-existence with wild animals, specifically APNM’s Cougar Smart New Mexico campaign to keep people safe when recreating in “cougar country” and beaver mitigation projects. APNM also created a Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation section on its website, where the public can access New Mexico wildlife rehabilitators, including those who are licensed, when people find sick, injured or orphaned wild animals.

• Given weather extremes affecting food supplies for bears, APNM called for a reduction of bear hunting quotas during this and upcoming hunting seasons.

 

Establishing Humane Education

• APNM created and implemented an eight-week humane education curriculum given to fifth-grade students in Valencia county. Launched in collaboration with school and law enforcement officials, the curriculum meets the state’s educational standards and benchmarks and is enormously popular with students, parents and educators.

• APNM partnered with the Bernalillo County Animal Control Department and the county’s community centers to deliver humane education and animal safety presentations to youth.

 

Chimps to Sanctuary Campaign

 

Throughout the year, APNM continued to expose the waste, fraud and abuse involved in plans by the National Institutes of Health to move almost 200 chimpanzees living at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF) into invasive research in Texas. APNM built enormous pressure that resulted in a temporary reprieve for the chimps as Senators Udall, Bingaman and Harkin (D-IA) requested an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on the efficacy of using any chimpanzees in research. The plight of the APF chimps was revealed on CNN’s ISSUES with Jane Velez-Mitchell, in a McClatchy special report that detailed the misery endured by the APF chimpanzees and in a Nature magazine story entitled, “Chimpanzee Research on Trial.” A harshly worded Nature editorial also criticized the lack of ethical considerations in the IOM study. APNM’s Laura Bonar, R.N. was one of only 20 individuals invited to testify during a public comment section of hearings held by the IOM, as part of their formal study on the future need for chimpanzees in research.

In the fall, APNM continued its comprehensive campaign for permanent retirement of the APF chimps, encouraging public comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for listing chimps as endangered and for support of the federal Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. In December, advocates hailed the independent IOM committee’s report that concluded almost all chimpanzee research to be unnecessary, and our Senators’ call for permanent retirement of the APF chimpanzees.

 

Exposing U.S.D.A.’s Wildlife Services

APNM updated its website to reveal the details of the more than 21,000 animals that the federal government’s Wildlife Services agency killed in New Mexico in 2009. Among those exterminated were coyotes, black birds, foxes, squirrels, beavers, bears, cougars and prairie dogs.

 

2012: APNM will be standing strong on current initiatives and deepening our ties and commitment to local communities and their needs related to animals.

 

Depending on the availability of funding, APNM hopes to:

• provide even more valuable support to New Mexico’s animal shelters;
• expand APNM’s humane education curriculum for elementary students;
• develop even more effective infrastructure to support officers in their enforcement of animal cruelty laws;
• dramatically expand its Cougar Smart New Mexico program to help the public understand how to live and recreate safely in areas where mountain lions live;
• broaden support for stronger animal cruelty laws that protect animals from extreme neglect;
• expand services offered by the Equine Protection Fund.

Where You Come In

Animal Protection of New Mexico will continue to achieve great things, with a combination of your financial support, your active involvement in campaigns, and your encouraging others to get involved too! Thank you for spreading the word and helping “APNM” become a “household word”!

 


Your Giving Matters

 

It’s popular and sensible to ‘Buy Local’. We hear that keeping our money in local communities magnifies its impact up to seven times. For the same reasons, it’s important to ‘Give Local’. When you give to Animal Protection of New Mexico–your local animal protection organization–you see first-hand the fruits of your generosity. Plus, you can connect with us directly. You know our names and we are only a phone call or email away!

Consider giving in one or more of the following ways so APNM can make the biggest difference it can!

• Give APNM a donation by check or credit card. Consider increasing your gift if you’re already giving.

• Become a monthly donor and receive exclusive, monthly campaign updates by mail.

Donate a car, boat or other vehicle to APNM for us to sell.

 



• Make a donation from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and your contribution may not be taxed.

• Give a friend, neighbor, co-worker or member of the family a gift membership to APNM.

• Honor a loved one with a gift to APNM in their name, and APNM will acknowledge your generosity by sending a lovely certificate to the honoree (we have certificates for December holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, etc.).

• Donate stock to APNM, and you could benefit by avoiding taxes on the stock’s capital gains.


• Donate real estate for APNM to sell.

• Donate frequent flyer miles for APNM’s staff to use for travel associated with campaigns.

• Become a regular volunteer at the APNM office in downtown Albuquerque, and help our staff stretch their time for the animals even further.

• Include APNM in your estate planning and create your long-term legacy for change for animals. Ask your financial advisor about establishing a charitable remainder trust, a charitable gift annuity, or naming APNM as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

• Invest in APNM’s long-term financial health and contribute to APNM’s endowment by giving to the APNM Foundation. Make checks out to ‘APNM Foundation’ and mail to: P.O. Box 11395, Albuquerque, N.M. 87192.

• Give through United Way, and designate APNM as the recipient organization.



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