State Animal Sheltering Board Distributes $70,000 to Spay/Neuter Programs

Nine Communities Targeted to Help Curb Dog and Cat Overpopulation

New Mexico’s Animal Sheltering Board recently provided $70,000 to benefit 16 low-cost spay/neuter (dog and cat sterilization) programs in the following nine communities, whose public animal shelters suffer the state’s highest intake and euthanasia rates of dogs and cats:

  • Portales/Roosevelt County, $2,170
  • Clovis/Curry County, $3,010
  • Roswell/Chaves County, $9,870
  • Farmington/San Juan County, $12,390
  • Hobbs/Lea County, $6,930
  • Los Lunas/Valencia County, $9,240
  • Gallup/McKinley County, $5,040
  • Carlsbad/Eddy County, $4,900
  • Las Cruces/Doña Ana County, $16,450


The New Mexico Legislature appropriated the spay/neuter funds in support of the Animal Sheltering Board’s work to help communities increase affordable and accessible spay/neuter services. “The Animal Sheltering Board’s strict funding guidelines ensure that all funds will be expended strictly on sterilization surgeries, in cooperation with local veterinarians,” according to chairperson Rena Distasio.  

Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said, “I am pleased that the distribution appears to be meted out geographically. It’s good to see the rural areas receiving this needed funding.”

Two strong supporters of spay/neuter appropriations in 2014 and 2015 commented favorably on the funding distributions. Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, said, “This is a great step toward the well-being of animals in our state. I look forward to continuing this work in future sessions.” Sen. William F. Burt, R-Alamogordo, said, “I’m happy to see that the money is going to be used for the purpose we set aside for it. The board has explored where it can best be used and I’m happy that Chaves County can be included to increase spay/neuter services and stem the tide of overpopulation.”

Legislators from other areas of the state agreed. Sen. Steven P. Neville, R-Aztec, said, “This is good news. I’m a supporter of this funding and very pleased to be able to enhance local spay/neuter efforts in San Juan County where these issues are so challenging for our shelters.” Sen. Carroll H. Leavell, R- Jal, commented, “I’m really pleased to see that Hobbs and Carlsbad are receiving funding and I think it will certainly go to a good use in both facilities.”

The Animal Sheltering Board, created in 2007, licenses euthanasia providers, agencies and instructors, sets recommended shelter standards, and has recently begun addressing dog and cat overpopulation through a variety of initiatives, including funding from New Mexico’s spay/neuter license plate and from a new voluntary tax refund contribution option for the public.

A statewide survey conducted by Animal Protection of New Mexico found that New Mexico’s animal shelters handle more than 135,000 dogs and cats each year; of those, over 65,000 are euthanized because there are no homes for them.

Local Contact Information for Funding Recipients:

  • High Plains Humane Society, Clovis - Linda Cross, 575-693-1510
  • Animal Welfare Alliance, Roswell - Jo McInerney, 575-622-1127
  • Roswell Humane Society, Roswell - Carol Rogers, 575-622-8950
  • San Juan Animal League, Farmington - Melissa Salyers, 505-947-7346
  • Farmington Regional Animal Shelter, Farmington - Stacie Voss, 505-599-1080
  • Hobbs Animal Adoption Center, Hobbs - Melissa Funk, 575-397-9323
  • Quixote Humane, Inc., Peralta - Judy Babcock, 505-869-2397
  • McKinley County Humane Society, Gallup - Sena Fitzpatrick, 505-353-0193
  • Noah’s Ark Animal Shelter, Carlsbad - Angela Cary, 575-885-5769
  • ACTion Program for Animals, Las Cruces - Michel Meunier, 575-644-0505
  • Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley, Las Cruces - Beth Vesco-Mock, 575-382-0018
  • Coalition for Pets and People, Las Cruces - Thomas Townsend, 575-202-6886
  • Feral Cat Management Program, Las Cruces - Michelle Corella, 575-639-3036
  • Humane Society of Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces - Frank Bryce, 575-647-1416
  • Spay Neuter Action Program, Las Cruces - Janice English, 575-524-9265
  • Doña Ana County Big Kitty Fix, Las Cruces - Anne Markman, 575-521-6230





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