FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact:          Elisabeth Jennings
June 24, 2006                                                      mobile:          505-264-5082                 


Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) will host a news conference on Tuesday, June 27 at 10:30 am outside at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 4595 San Mateo NE in Albuquerque, to announce the availability of New Mexico’s new spay-neuter license plate.  In 2003, Representative Irvin Harrison (D-Gallup) passed HB566, which authorized this license plate to be produced and sold.  Twenty-five dollars of each $37 license plate fee will be directed to spay and neuter programs in the counties in which the plates are sold.  Since 2003, the APNM staff has been working with DMV and others to have the plate designed and produced.  The stunning artwork was created by Josh Leach while he was a design student at Albuquerque’s Art Center Design College.

Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, a staunch proponent of spaying and neutering of animals, will lead the news conference.  He will emphasize how important it is that communities throughout the state get involved in the animal overpopulation crisis and work together to reduce euthanasia figures.  Albuquerque has the largest overpopulation problem, taking in an average of 800 animals each week, 30% of which come from surrounding communities.  Addressing Albuquerque’s problem will require cooperation from agencies throughout the state. 

City Councilor Sally Mayer and Representative Harrison will also speak at the news conference about the role this new license plate can play in combating the annual euthanasia of tens of thousands of dogs and cats in New Mexico.

A representative from the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles will be present to answer questions about the new plate, which will be available for sale on the department’s website.

Since the new special plate will subsidize spaying and neutering and can help counties prevent the euthanasia of healthy animals, Bernalillo, Torrance and Valencia county animal control agencies will attend to articulate the need for this and other spay-neuter funding tools. 

Animal Protection of New Mexico (APV) is a statewide nonprofit organization that advocates the rights of animals by affecting systemic change which results in the humane treatment of all animals.