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New Statewide Effort For NM's Horses
So Many Ways to Help
Last month, Bernalillo Co. Animal Control received Queen, a mare surrendered to the county while her keeper was arrested for animal cruelty. Just five years old, she appeared—outwardly at least—near the end of her days, with ghastly emaciation, patches of hair missing from a fungal infection, and tooth and farrier work long overdue. Amazingly, despite obvious neglect, she still maintains a sweet, outgoing temperament.
  New Mexico’s equine rescues work 24/7
New Mexico’s equine rescues work 24/7 to rehabilitate cases of extreme cruelty such as Queen—please support their lifesaving efforts as well as the proactive efforts of APNM’s Equine Protection Program.

With help from APNM, Bernalillo Co. coordinated placement of Queen at Walkin N Circles Equine Rescue of Stanley, NM, where she will receive special care to regain weight and undergo rehabilitation. Fingers crossed, she will beat the odds and be eligible for adoption in coming months.

Walkin N Circles is just one of nine horse rescues licensed by the state, with staff and volunteers working 24/7 for New Mexico’s abused, neglected, and abandoned equines. This spring, many of the shelters joined forces as the New Mexico Equine Rescue Alliance, enhancing their collaborative efforts to better address the constant flow of displaced equines and prevent needless destruction of adoptable animals. In just a few weeks since the initial coalition meeting, the coalition’s horse shelter organizations have taken in 22 horses seized by or relinquished to the New Mexico Livestock Board.
Many ways to help NM’s horses, donkeys, and mules
1. Support equine rescues both locally and statewide
Queen is an extreme case and one that will incur large expenses for Walkin N Circles and/or a foster family. Nonetheless, if her physical condition improves, her age and personality should ensure adoption. Please donate or otherwise help the shelter with Queen’s rehabilitation by visiting www.wncr.org.

However, horse shelters—which receive no governmental support—take in hundreds of horses yearly in similar predicaments.

In the spirit of collaboration with the NM Horse Rescue Coalition—the only way to solve the ongoing horse crisis in New Mexico is to approach it on a statewide levelplease consider how you can help in financially supporting or donating supplies to horse shelters in your area.
2. Apply your time and services to the Equine Fund Volunteer Network
Another great way to help needy horses is to join the Equine Fund Volunteer Network, a database of concerned and compassionate individuals offering a variety of services. See and apply for the network survey here: http://equinehelp.wufoo.com/forms/equine-protection-fund-community-survey/

The Volunteer Network works to provide feed, supplies, and temporary or permanent adoption for equines. With the heightened intake of the Horse Rescue Coalition, we are working to link our volunteers with the shelters via foster home and other assistance/arrangements.

We aim to have a contact in every county for the Volunteer Network to help us identify volunteers, resources and other help from compassionate citizens in local communities. Could you be that contact?
3. Donate to the Equine Protection Fund
The Equine Protection Fund’s assistance programs help relieve the financial burden on New Mexico’s equine shelters by providing subsidies for veterinary work including humane euthanasia and Emergency Feed Assistance. These programs help horses stay with their families during temporary financial crises and prevent unnecessary intake by shelters. Please consider donating to direct assistance for needy horses by visiting EquineProtectionFund.org or the New Mexico Community Foundation.

New Mexico’s homeless horse problem is substantial, but we can all join forces to turn this crisis into a new opportunity for equines.

Thank you for caring about New Mexico horses and supporting APNM’s Equine Protection Program.

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