Monday, April 7, 2014


Contact: Phil Carter, Equine Campaign Manager
(505) 967-5297





New state income tax donation program allows taxpayers to assist NM's horse shelters

ALBUQUERQUE -- A new statewide program gives New Mexico taxpayers a simple and direct way to help homeless and needy horses. The Horse Shelter Rescue Fund, located on the 2013 New Mexico income tax PIT-D form, provides an option for taxpayers to donate a portion or all of their state tax refund to assist the state's licensed horse rescue shelters. The fund monies will be allocated to facilities through grants from the New Mexico Livestock Board for costs associated with feed, veterinary care, and rehabilitation of rescued horses, donkeys, and mules.

"Horse shelters are a necessary but often overlooked component of the state animal welfare network," said Phil Carter, Equine Campaign Manager of Animal Protection of New Mexico. "This fund is an unprecedented way for New Mexicans to support these organizations in their vital work of saving horses."

New Mexico has ten equine rescues licensed by the state Livestock Board, located in many rural communities across the state. The organizations work to care for, rehabilitate, and adopt horses and other animals that have been seized by or relinquished to state and local authorities. Additionally, the rescue facilities take in horses from individuals who can no longer care for them whenever possible.

Nonetheless, unlike most county and municipal animal shelters specializing in dogs and cats, the state's horse rescues receive no governmental funding and are supported solely through private donations and volunteer labor. The same conditions that force families to give up horses--including the poor economy, drought, and rising hay prices--are also putting financial strain on the horse shelters.

In 2013, the horse shelters worked with Senator George Muñoz to call attention to the challenges faced by their facilities and to pass the Horse Shelter Rescue Fund through the state legislature. The program is based on a successful similar effort in Colorado that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for horse rescues since its inception in 2010.

"New Mexicans have shown throughout history that we value our legacy of horsemanship," said Carter. "This and other assistance programs are a way of ensuring the best possible quality of life for our horses, donkeys, and mules."

In addition to income tax donations, the program also accepts general contributions. The 2013 New Mexico PIT-D form can be viewed by visiting or Additionally, individuals seeking more information on the Horse Shelter Rescue Fund and other ways to help needy horses, please contact Phil Carter at 505-265-2322 x31;