July 1, 2015
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,” said 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.”
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.
Based on a statewide survey conducted by Animal Protection of New Mexico, New Mexico’s animal shelters handle more than 135,000 dog and cats each year; of those, over 65,000 are euthanized because there are no homes for them.