Get involved to help animals in extreme conditions

In the heat of summer, organized humane efforts are more important than ever

In the midst of the worst drought in the nation, wildfire season has returned to New Mexico. With smoke blanketing portions of the state and little moisture predicted until monsoons, APNM reminds everyone to be mindful of the animals--both domestic and wild--silently affected by the harsh conditions.

A few simple steps can ensure your animal companions stay hydrated, including continual checking of water dishes and troughs, which can evaporate quickly. When hiking, bring extra water for both you and your dog. Keep animals inside during the day if possible. When walking dogs, avoid pavement--sensitive paws can be damaged by hot asphalt. Lastly, be attentive to watery or itching eyes, coughing, or other respiratory difficulties in animals and seek veterinary advice if they occur.

Wild animals are also negatively affected by drought; with dwindling food and water in the ecosystem, many more animals are entering human communities, placing them at risk of traumatic removal or extermination by animal control or other agencies. While it may be tempting for landowners to provide water or even food for wildlife, understand that teaching such behavior is harmful to the creatures’ long-term survival. Instead, please follow some commonsense tips for responsible coexistence with wildlife:


    Visit the New Mexico Fire Information website for the latest updates on wildfires.


    Feed companion animals indoors
  • Keep garbage securely stored
  • Modify or remove bird feeders to hinder other animals
  • Remove leaky faucets or other sources of standing water near your home
  • Move woodpiles to prevent rodents that can attract predators

Find more tips on removing wildlife attractants here. If you encounter a wild animal on your property that appears to need help, visit our Wildlife Rescue webpage for resources or call 505-265-2322 x31.

Get active to help at-risk animals this summer


Don't forget about your animals
when preparing for disaster.

Preparedness is the best way to ensure your and your community’s animals won’t be harmed by drought and associated predicaments. APNM’s new Animal Disaster Planning Guide comprehensively outlines methods and resources for anticipating emergencies. Visit the guide’s website for information including updates on emergency conditions around the state, interactive maps, evacuation sites, and links for further information.

Domestic animals beyond dogs and cats are also facing down hunger and thirst this summer. Scorched pastures, hay shortages, and inclement weather are severely stressing horses and other animals. In addition to the disaster-planning steps above, please consider helping others with horses, donkeys, and mules--join the Equine Protection Fund’s Volunteer Network, featuring many opportunities to get involved in feeding and caring for needy equines, and forward the link to family and friends.

APNM’s member-supported Fire Fund has donated thousands of dollars in past years to help with evacuations and wildlife relief efforts for domestic animals. We need your help to ensure the Fund is robust and prepared for whatever may occur this summer. Please consider donating at our webpage (designate your contribution as “Fire Fund).

Also, please consider financial or volunteer contributions to the state’s wild animal rescue and rehabilitation centers. These facilities--including The Wildlife Center, Wildlife Rescue Inc., and Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue--who are on the frontlines of ensuring that needy, injured, and orphaned animals are given humane care are already reporting high intake rates this year.

Lastly, please see our webpages on volunteering for APNM in our humane care and outreach efforts across the state.
In times of extremity, community involvement is more important than ever to guarantee humane treatment and compassion for the state’s domestic and wild creatures. Please consider how you can get involved this summer and beyond.



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