Honoring New Mexico's Animal Control Officers
For Everything They Do...
  Alan and Albuquerque Animal Welfare

The week of April 7th through April 13th marked National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week. The staff of Animal Protection of New Mexico and all who care about the welfare of animals recognize the importance of honoring the men and women who protect animals and the communities in which they live.

Often the first responders, Animal Control Officers (ACOs) find themselves in dangerous, volatile situations. A call concerning a loose Chihuahua turns out to be an incident of home invasion. A small, unkept pen with two Blue Heelers leads to the discovery of child neglect and abuse. On any given day, ACOs are called upon to assist animals and people in a myriad of situations. From recovering a kitten lodged in a drainage pipe, to calming and carefully freeing a horse entrapped in a cattle guard, to humanely removing a flock of finches who found themselves trapped within the cafeteria of a large corporation, ACOs are there to help. These officers speak for the animals who have no voices and remind us that their "constituents” have the right to be free from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, injury, disease, fear and distress.

Animal Control Officers are also educators. Whether in a school classroom or responding to a call from dispatch, officers teach humane stewardship and the need for reducing the numbers of unwanted animals, as well as inform the public of animal-related ordinances and state statutes.

For their hard work, dedication, patience, compassion and ingenuity, the staff of Animal Protection of New Mexico applauds the work of the officers of Animal Welfare Departments throughout New Mexico.