All This in One Year! Plus, The Successes So Far in 2013

Your Membership Contribution Keeps Us Moving For The Animals

APNM Executive Director Elisabeth Jennings
"APNM is a force for positive change in New Mexico. What is it worth to you to ensure APNM always has the resources to challenge animal cruelty in our state? Please contribute to APNM today!" - Elisabeth Jennings, Executive Director of APNM

It's not lost on us: You and others like you are the secret to our success.

When you read Animal Protection of New Mexico's 2012 Annual Review below, I trust you'll be proud of your association with us, and of your past and future support of our work. The achievements we made in 2012 are remarkable for a small non-profit. You helped us accomplish this!

You've demonstrated your belief in us, in our ability to move things ahead for animals and to change things for the better in New Mexico. You know that isn't easy here.

But now we have a challenge ahead of us.

So many policies and practices that harm animals in our state still must be confronted. The good news is, Animal Protection of New Mexico is here to tackle the hard issues, the ones that sometimes take years to change. No other state has an organization like Animal Protection of New Mexico! So many people have told us that!

Just since January of this year, our work has resulted in an unprecedented announcement by the National Institutes of Health that they will end the use of chimpanzees in invasive testing, retire hundreds of chimpanzees to sanctuary, and will not breed any more chimps for use in research. This jaw-dropping development was directly because of APNM's Chimpanzees to Sanctuary campaign that mobilized citizens and state policymakers to demand answers to questions about the use of chimpanzees in painful and unnecessary experiments. With your continued support, the Alamogordo Primate Facility chimpanzees will at long last be in a sanctuary.

Also, APNM has organized massive, statewide opposition to plans for a horse slaughterhouse in Roswell, and has pushed for truly humane solutions for homeless horses. In fact, APNM's Equine Protection Fund just passed a noteworthy milestone by helping its 400th equine since the start of the program!

These phenomenal achievements take time and especially resources! To keep up our tireless efforts throughout 2013, we must raise an additional $150,000 before the end of the year. Will you help us reach this goal?

Our track record speaks for itself, and with your support, we have always delivered meaningful, lasting results.

Your special donation right now will immediately be put to use to help dogs, cats, horses, captive chimpanzees and other wildlife who desperately need us to speak up for them. Our effective programs reverberate in the community, and we've outlined our plans for success in 2013 in APNM's 2013 Initiatives. But we can't make our mark without your continued, strong commitment. Please contribute a special, "stretch" gift to Animal Protection of New Mexico today.

And if you can, please also consider becoming a monthly donor of any amount, so we can count on always having the financial resources we need to make lasting change. Click on this link to make your donation today.

Thank you in advance for being our partner in making sure animals matter everywhere in New Mexico. Your participation means the world to us and to the animals!

Elisabeth Jennings, Executive Director
August 2013

APNM 2012 In Review

Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM): Making sure animals matter in every New Mexican community by challenging historic and widespread animal cruelty.


That's what Philanthropedia, part of the charity-rating group Guidestar, continues to say about Animal Protection of New Mexico and its work on the local/state level on animal welfare, rights and protection.

[ Click to download a PDF of the year in review for easy print and sharing ]


Challenging Animal Cruelty Program

Breakdown of Animal Cruelty Cases
  • Addressed 897 cases on two statewide animal cruelty hotlines.
  • Organized, underwrote and arranged delivery of training on LINK between animal cruelty and family violence to 267 state employees in Albuquerque (104), Farmington (17), Las Cruces (44), Las Vegas (33), Roswell (43), Santa Fe (26) for the N.M. Department of Corrections, N.M. Children, Youth & Families Department, Adult Protective Services, and faculty and students from Eastern N.M. University-Roswell.
  • Created, distributed to hundreds of people Pocket Resource Guides on how to report animal cruelty and lists of emergency resources.
  • Pocket Resource Guide
  • Created, maintained and distributed New Mexico's list of trained AniCare therapists to every district attorney and every municipal, magistrate and district judge in the state, so convicted animal abusers can receive treatment using the only peer-reviewed treatment model for animal abusers.
  • Expanded commitment to the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) Network of safe havens to help animals of domestic violence victims by accepting all referrals from another non-profit organization. Six families and their animals were assisted through the Network.
  • Offered rewards to locate and prosecute animal abusers in nine cases totaling $46,500 in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Chaves County, Santa Fe County, Socorro County, Valencia County (four cases).

Equine Protection Program

Breakdown of Animal Cruelty Cases
  • Spent $38,521 on Equine Protection Fund (EPF) services to bring relief to 199 equines.
  • EPF helped its 200th equine in June, and its 300th equine in November.
  • $42,147 was donated by 48 individuals and two foundations.
  • Statewide Equine Volunteer Network grew to 35 participants as of December.
  • 70%: The percentage of New Mexicans who oppose horse slaughter and don't want a horse slaughter facility in their community.
  • Launched subsidized gelding program. Created and distributed hundreds of new Equine CARE guides.
  • Raised awareness of and unprecedented opposition to cruel horse slaughter. Governor Martinez, Attorney General Gary King, State Lands Commissioner Ray Powell, Jr. publicly opposed the proposed horse slaughter facility.
  • Called for reforms at auctions and in racing.
  • Organized support for legislation to create the Horse Shelter Rescue Fund (successfully passed during 2013 legislative session).
  • Delivered five horse blankets to keep horses more comfortable in cold weather.


Humane Communities and Animal Sheltering Program

  • Significantly expanded services to shelters through Animal Shelter Assistance Program, in collaboration with the ASPCA.
  • Conducted/compiled new, statewide survey of New Mexico's 45 municipal and open-admission animal shelters, animal control impound facilities and privately-funded animal sanctuaries. Gathered comprehensive information on facilities, intakes, adoptions, spay/neuter, euthanasia, budgets, staffing and more to help identify and prioritize needs and challenges statewide.
  • Animal Shelter Program Manager traveled 2,174 miles visiting 14 animal shelters to provide support, resources, training and grant-writing assistance.
  • Raised money for and provided a microchip scanner for Red River and other northern New Mexico communities, so lost animals can be reunited with their people.
  • Attended six meetings of the Animal Sheltering Board (ASB), from which came final euthanasia regulations. ASB has issued 270 licenses for euthanasia agencies, technicians and instructors, protecting the standards under which humane euthanasia is practiced in N.M. Organized support for legislation granting the ASB's six-year extension to preserve its vital role of enforcing humane euthanasia and promoting humane shelter standards (bill successfully passed during the 2013 legislative session). Participated in drafting ASB recommended minimum shelter standards adopted for New Mexico.
  • Teamed with Tucumcari Volunteer Animal Rescue and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society to underwrite three-day spay/neuter clinic in Tucumcari. 100 animals were spayed/neutered. APNM's spay-neuter website resources were accessed by 596 unique visitors during 2012.
  • Worked with others to strengthen animal control ordinances, which also included chaining restrictions, in six communities. Success: Las Vegas and Bernalillo County.
  • Gave the public pragmatic and lifesaving tools to minimize the impact of disasters on families and their animals.
  • Spent $17,920 for subsidized veterinary care for 185 animals of indigent Santa Fe residents (145 dogs, 36 cats, one parrot, two ferrets, one turtle).


Kind News Map
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Humane Education Program

  • Delivered the Open Hearts = Open Minds 10-week, comprehensive humane education curriculum in seven elementary and junior high schools, reaching 398 students.
  • Spent $5,742 to distribute Kind News magazine subscriptions to 6,250 schoolchildren in 261 classrooms in 32 communities.
  • Delivered age-appropriate presentations about animal care and safety, recognizing and reporting animal cruelty and increasing the human-animal bond: six events reaching 153 adults, and 33 events reaching 1,110 children, in eight communities.
Pocket Resource Guide

Chimpanzees to Sanctuary Program

  • Built unprecedented support to permanently retire from invasive research the 184 chimpanzees at the Alamogordo Primate Facility (APF).
  • Published three ads in D.C. newspaper urging retirement of all chimps from labs, supporting federal Great Ape Protection & Cost Savings Act. 34,500 copies distributed to Congressional offices and 12,000 copies distributed to federal agencies.
  • Engaged hundreds of citizens to contact NM members of Congress and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) about legislation and NIH recommendations about retirement for APF chimpanzees.
  • All five members of Congress from N.M. have expressed support for the APF chimps.
  • Pushed for permanent retirement of 111 chimpanzees from Louisiana's New Iberia Research Center, including 10 originally from APF. Senator Udall was instrumental in retirement decision for these chimpanzees.


Coexisting With Wildlife Program

  • Distributed beaver brochures and landowner guides to people seeking help with beaver issues.
  • Cougar Smart New Mexico reached many thousands of individuals at trailheads, state parks, outdoor events, community centers and other public presentations about staying safe in "cougar country".
  • Advocated against reckless and indefensible changes to cougar and bear policies harmful to both species.
  • Worked with partner organizations to promote Trap-Free New Mexico in a seven-town road show in Española, Farmington, Grants, Los Lunas, Portales, Roswell, Silver City. Organized 4,273 New Mexicans against killing contests and trapping/poisoning of wildlife on public lands in preparation for state legislation addressing both issues.

Public Outreach Program: Keeping New Mexicans Involved and Informed

  • Sent out 95 eAlerts (80 from APNM; 15 from its legislative arm, Animal Protection Voters). Each month, an average of 9,071 people visited APNM's website in 2012; annual total was 108,852 unique visitors.
  • Published and distributed quarterly Making Tracks® magazine as membership benefit.
  • Contacted hundreds of New Mexicans prior to the 2013 legislative session to mobilize them in support of important animal protection bills.
  • Staffed 50 outreach booths, distributing thousands of brochures in dozens of communities around New Mexico, including Edgewood, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Santa Ana Pueblo, Eldorado, Corrales, Las Cruces.
  • APNM benefitted from the generous time of 50 volunteers and two interns who contributed the equivalent of one full-time employee!

APNM's Mission: Systemic Change

APNM's Guiding Principles:

  • Seek collaboration
  • Address relevant issues
  • Garner diversified support
  • Establish infrastructure/solutions
  • Engage advocates in policy-making