APNM Board Member Works to Expand Humane Education in Kosovo


Tom Alexander and Dolce

APNM Board Member Tom Alexander with his loving companion, Dolce. Tom is traveling to Kosovo to exchange ideas and strategies about animal-welfare issues.

Animal Protection of New Mexico Board Member Tom Alexander is expanding the group’s horizons as this month, by request, he makes he way to southern Kosovo.

Last spring, a Kosovo delegation visited New Mexico through the sponsorship of Denver-based humanitarian and animal advocate Ben Mares, and facilitation of Penny Wardlow, Executive Director of Four Corners Animal Leauge.

The visitors gained practical advice on spay/neuter programs, humane education, fund raising, building and maintaining an animal shelter, and raising awareness and concern for Kosovo‘s animals. While on tour, the delegation met with Tom, who also serves as the Humane Education Coordinator and Youth Board Advisor for the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society. 

Tom’s work involves assessing the conditions in which animals in Kosovo live, and designing an appropriate humane education program for children. He is highly qualified to assist in this impressive and much-needed undertaking thanks to his experience and expertise with teaching children human stewardship of animals, as well as the valued time he has spent as an active member of APNM’s board.

Tom has his work cut out for him, as his pre-trip research has uncovered not only the aftermath of a war-torn country, but also acute cultural differences. Tom will be staying with village families as he travels throughout southern Kosovo and meets with the village children and their teachers, to see first-hand Serb and Muslim beliefs regarding animals. Because of language barriers, Tom will travel with former KLA soldiers who now serve as interpreters.

APNM salutes Tom Alexander for his willingness and enthusiasm to participate in this groundbreaking cultural exchange.  Wherever they live in the world, animals need a voice. APNM and its members are anxious to hear what the animals of Kosovo and Tom have to say. STAY TUNED soon for the results of Tom’s trip!