A change in season brings attention to animal welfare

Plus, new volunteer opportunities this fall

Happy Autumn from Animal Protection of New Mexico!

As the seasons change, APNM is working to ensure that our state’s safety nets for domestic creatures and wildlife reflects on-the-ground realities. Despite stronger monsoons this summer, the ongoing drought and a shifting climate in the Southwest remain major factors in animal safety and welfare.

The Emergency Feed Assistance program of the Equine Protection Fund addresses horse feed shortages from dried-up pastures and scarce, expensive hay. APNM’s wildlife coexistence programs prevent unnecessary relocation or extermination of animals driven into urban areas for food and the Beavers Belong effort promotes beaver activities to improve habitat and ecosystems. Additionally, our Animal Disaster Planning Guide offers information on preventing injury or loss of companion animals to wildfire, floods, and other conditions that have been exacerbated by climate change in our state (see below).

Recently, APNM joined the Albuquerque Climate Coalition—a collective of New Mexico environmental, social, and faith-based groups affiliated with the 350.org movement—to represent the animal interests at stake. As part of the need for coordination among those on the frontline of climate issues, we invite you to join ABQ Climate Coalition for a big upcoming event:

September 20, 2014, 9am – 11am
To convene at Immaculate Conception Church
(619 Copper Ave NW, Albuquerque)

The event will feature presentations on the connections between climate and many environmental and justice causes. It will be held in support of the New York City People’s Climate March on September 21 to address the United Nations’ Climate Summit.

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month

Do your part to make sure your whole family is prepared, including your companion animals.

Other APNM Fall Outreach: Volunteers Needed!

Call Hildegard at (505) 379-5091 if you are available to help out with an outreach table for one of the following events. Thank you!

  • September 27 & 28: Corrales Harvest Fest, La Entrada Park from 9AM to 5PM both days.

  • October 18: “Get Wild” Fest, the culminating activities of the Wilderness 50 Conference at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza from 3PM to 10PM

  • October 25: Hispanic Health Fair, organized by Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) at the Los Lunas Community Center and park.

  • November 2: Doggie Dash and Dawdle, Animal Humane Association’s annual walk/run starts at 9AM at the Balloon Fiesta Park.

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