Help us Honor New Mexico's Champions for Animals

Join us for the 2015 APNM Milagro Awards on October 3rd!

On October 3rd, APNM will be honoring the accomplishments of ten remarkable people who have made animal protection and welfare central to their lives, and have performed miraculous acts on behalf of animals. Please join us to celebrate their accomplishments in animal protection at the 2015 Milagro Awards.

At the awards ceremony, APNM will show exclusive videos, highlighting the good works of each award winner. Here’s a sneak preview of a few of our 2015 heroes. These particular winners stand out in their ability to bring animal welfare services and social services together simultaneously:

The Executive Director’s Award, for outstanding support of APNM’s mission and program, goes to Pam Wiseman. Pam Wiseman is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) and has been an outspoken advocate for victims of domestic violence, both human and non-human for over 20 years. Her understanding of the bond between human caregivers and their companion animals prompted her to reach out to Animal Protection of New Mexico and initiate a vital partnership between the two organizations that has led to state funding support for the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) program that provides safe havens and other services to the animals of domestic violence victims. The partnership she created has provided a critical resource for victims trying to leave abusive situations, but who fear for the safety of their animals.

The Lawmaking Advocacy Award, for efforts that resulted in the passage of animal protection legislation, goes to Senator Nancy Rodriguez. Senator Rodriguez has served in the New Mexico Legislature since 1996, nearly 20 years. In 2014, the Senator introduced SB187, which passed and was signed into law, appropriating $50,000 to the NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) for programs aimed at helping victims of domestic violence escape abusive homes by providing secure, temporary safe havens for their animals. The Senator did so again in 2015 with SB178, this time securing the funding as a recurring expenditure in the CYFD budget. The funding will be used to advance and implement the work of APNM’s Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) Program through a partnership between APNM and the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV). Senator Rodriguez has a proven track record in animal protection legislation, including efforts to pass a ban on animal fighting. Since 2006, Senator Rodriguez has scored 100% in favor of animal protection measures on the Animal Protection Voter’s (APV) Annual Legislative Scorecard.

The Humane Education Award, for innovative classroom, public, private or civic education efforts that fostered humane ethics in youth, goes to Robyn Albani. Robyn Albani hosted the very first APNM school-based humane education program, The Animal Connection, in her 5th grade classes at Valencia Elementary School in Los Lunas, in a neighborhood known to have one of the highest rates of animal abuse and neglect in the state. She has proactively incorporated humane education in her curriculum and has advanced student service learning through student-organized animal supply drives for the Valencia County Animal Shelter. She activated her colleagues at the school to become involved in animal welfare through foster care giving. Over 50% of the staff at her school permanently adopted a companion animal through Robyn’s rescue work. Robyn is active in her community on-the-ground through reuniting strays with their families, encouraging foster care service and helping with veterinary care and adoptions.

Award winners will receive a handcrafted sterling silver medallion imprinted with the paw or footprint of an animal appropriate to the winner. Milagro medallions are designed and handcrafted by Ohkay Owingeh silversmith, Andrew García. The award ceremony guests will enjoy short videos that highlight the winners’ achievements in animal welfare, a gourmet vegan dinner, music by the UNM Jazz Quartet and a silent art auction.

Businesses and individuals can sponsor 2015 Milagro Awards by becoming an underwriter for this unique event. Show your support for New Mexico’s heroes for the animals by sponsoring a winner. You can also underwrite the printed program for the event and advertise your business prominently. There are many other sponsorship and advertising opportunities available. Find out more by downloading our Sponsorship Commitment Form here or call Daniel at (505) 265-2322, ext. 32.


The 2015 Milagro Awards is on October 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa. Individual tickets are $100. APNM members receive a 10% discount. Visit or call Daniel at (505) 265-2322, ext. 32.


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