Let's Open the Doors to the NMPA! Playing for Life and Training/Adoption Center to Help 25,000 Shelter Dogs in NM While Simultaneously Helping Pet Owners/Guardians, Shelters, Animal Control Depts and Rescue Groups Across New Mexico!!
Thanks to your generosity over the past 12 months, we now have only $227, 875 to raise to open the doors! Please help us get there for the dogs by making donation via the right hand side of this page (online or by mail) or become a business sponsor or sponsor a Canine Casita - a temporary and comfortable abode for shelter dog rescues transferred into the program.
Only 30 Canine Casita sponsorships are available at this time for dog-loving individuals, groups, businesses and organizations. A 6 month ($2,500) or 12 month ($5,000) sponsorship provides comfortable adoption prep housing for incoming shelter dog rescues that had no other lifesaving options. To create a fundraising team page to raise funds for your 6 or 12 month sponsorship and name your Canine Casita, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you additional information and get your Canine Casita team page set up.
Canine Casita #1: 'Harold and Lydia's Happy Hound Casita' - 12 month dog lodging family sponsorship organized by NMPA ED, Melissa Roberts Schlough. Click Here to visit, donate or join this sponsor team.
Canine Casita #2: 'Mora's Casita of New Beginnings' - 6 month dog lodging sponsorship in honor of Mora, a dog rescued by the Rutherford family in Mora, NM 17 years ago. Coming soon.
Canine Casita #3: 'Sgt Stubby's Cubby' - 12 month dog lodging educational casita sponsorship. Coming soon.
Generous NMPA! supporters are providing 3 pairs of round-trip airline tickets to any location in the continental US along with many other grand opening gifts to help us open the doors! Anyone donating to this fundraiser from Feb 1st in any amount is automatically entered to win any and all gifts being donated once our fundraising goal is achieved, including the round-trip airline tickets as well as restaurant and spa certificates and many more. Those donating $50 or more will also receive an invite for 2 to attend a special NMPA! Playing for Life and Training/Adoption Center grand opening private Gratitude Event we are hosting as our way of saying THANK YOU for helping us to launch the NMPA! Playing for Life and Training/Adoption Center to help 25,000 shelter dogs in NM get a new lease on life!!
From Homeless to Happily Ever After - Help Us Help 25,000 Shelter Dogs in New Mexico!!
Time is of the essence for many of these dogs who have been left with no other lifesaving options. New Mexico Pets Alive! is working to raise funds to help 25,000 healthy and treatable shelter dogs in NM get a new lease on life. We maintain one of the lowest companion animal lifesaving costs in NM and deliver one of the highest lifesaving returns on each dollar you donate to NMPA to help them get from Homeless ---------> Happily Ever After. This program will benefit NMPA rescues as well as rescue groups, animal control depts and shelters across NM with dogs in their care as well as those adopting dogs in NM who need specialized training assistance and other customized support services.
Join the NMPA! Lifesaving Team today by making a donation online or by mail via the right hand side of this page. If you are unable to make a donation, please click here to sign on to volunteer. We have a mountain of work to do in prep for the launch the end of March. THANK YOU!!
WHAT: The New Mexico Pets Alive! (NMPA!) program to increase the quality of life and successful adoption placement of New Mexico shelter dogs, 'Dogs: Playing For Life!' and NMPA Training/Adoption Center, is being developed in partnership with Aimee Sadler, Director of Behavior and Training at Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Founder of Dogs Playing for Life and recent inductee into the International Association of Canine Professionals Hall of Fame. The New Mexico NMPA Playing For Life! program is one of five such program locations being launched in the United States and NMPA is honored to continue our work with Aimee Sadler begun in the Spring of 2012 to help more shelter dogs in New Mexico and be a part of this national development.
WHY: What's unique about this NMPA program is that it will be the only NM shelter dog assistance programming set up to relocate and provide specialized programming to assist both at-risk shelter dogs in NM with no other options while simultaneously assisting NM shelters to increase both the quality of life and adoption placement of adolescent and adult shelter dogs in their care. The program will help approximately 25,000 adolescent and adult dogs in NM shelters every year. As time is not on the side of shelter dogs, the faster we reach our funding goal and the more volunteers we have dedicated to making this program a reality, the quicker we will be able to help save more lives of at-risk shelter dogs in NM where each healthy and treatable shelter dog finds a home.
BACKGROUND/EXPERTISE: The NMPA 'Playing for Life!' program will be building upon the playgroups programming NMPA first facilitated with the help of Animal Farm Foundation for the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Dept and the Raton Humane Society in April of 2012. The NMPA pursuit and facilitation of this initial staff and volunteer playgroups demonstration and training effort for the Albuquerque and Raton shelters by Aimee Sadler is estimated to have helped increase the health and adoptability of more than 5,000 shelter dogs in 2012 alone.
The establishment of the NMPA 'Playing for Life!' and Training/Adoption Center will assist not only those dogs which have been transferred into the NMPA At-Risk Shelter Pet Rescue Program but it will also serve as a training and assistance center for both municipal and private animal shelters in New Mexico who wish to learn to duplicate the success of Aimee Sadler's programming which is now responsible for maintaining a successful canine live release rate of over 95% in open admission shelters. With your help, we will deliver this lifesaving resource to NM shelters in need and assist in exponentially increasing quality of life and successful adoption matches for the dogs in their care.
From Aimee Sadler: "Playing for Life!” is a training and behavior program for shelter dogs featuring playgroups. Throughout my work as a professional trainer, now transitioned to full time animal welfare advocate and the development of training and behavior programs that save lives, I have consistently promoted the use of 'all tools and techniques to support animals to reward-able behavior'. This has culminated in maximum life-saving while placing suitable companion animals into our communities. As a result of this approach, focusing on the principles of learning rather than any particular method, 'Playing for Life!' has been deemed “the most progressive behavior program in sheltering” by Dr. Pamela Reid, the head of the Anti Cruelty Behavior Team of the ASPCA. Ultimately, shelters implementing “Playing for Life!” (PFL) programs are saving more lives and supporting adoptions better!"
About the NMPA Training/Adoption Center goals: "We provide the animals in our care all available resources to enhance their quality of life while sheltered in NMPA facilities or foster homes in order to save as many lives as possible. We recognize, respect, and treat each animal as an individual. We will utilize all tools and techniques in our training and behavior programs to teach and support healthy and appropriate behavior for companion animals within our communities. We will continue to learn and develop our skill sets as handlers and trainers so that we meet the needs of as many sheltered animals as possible. We support our adopters in strengthening and nourishing their fundamental bond with their companion animals. We will share our program successes with other animal welfare organizations to support life-saving efforts beyond our own organization."
To donate, please visit the top right-hand side of this page. When completing your donation, please type 'Dogs: Playing For Life and NMPA! Training/Adoption Center' in the available message box. If you prefer to send in a tax-deductible donation by mail, please include a note indicating 'Dogs: Playing For Life and NMPA! Training/Adoption Center' so that we'll know which program fund the donation should go toward and make your check payable to New Mexico Pets Alive. Please mail to: NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125.
Current NMPA Playing for Life and Training/Adoption Center Materials, Supplies and Services Needs List:
This project relies on NMPA staff and volunteers, expert programming partners and the generosity of local, state and national businesses along with everyday people all across NM who wish to help implement large scale proven solutions to some of our state's most pressing homeless pet challenges to help to bring the NMPA Playing for Life and Training/Adoption Center to fruition. (The location will be announced in March.) NMPA co-founder and architectural designer, Kurt Schlough, is providing pro-bono design and project mgmt services for the build out. He's updated the material and services needs for the NMPA space that are still needed below. THANK YOU to everyone who has helped whittle this list down thus far! You may click here to download the current materials/services needed list to pass along to friends, family and local businesses. THANK YOU!
- 2"x4"x8' long, wood framing studs (quantity: 100)
- 2"x4"x10' long, wood framing studs (quantity: 100)
- 2"x4"x16' long, wood framing studs (quantity: 100)
- 4'x8'x3/4" sheets of OSB or plywood (quantity: 100)
- 4'x8' sheets of FRP (quantity: 100)
- pre-hung doors in frames with glass or plexi front or vision panel (quantity: 30)
- FRP panel connector trim or corner trim
- 4'x8'x1/2" sheets of gypsum board/drywall
- drywall compound
- wood screws and wood glue
- drywall screws
- floor drains (for dog housing)
- PVC drain piping, fittings and joint cement
- plastic room size shower pans (for dog housing floors)
- liquid nails
- clear or white silicone sealant (for FRP install)
- 4'x8' sheets of rigid insulation board (quantity: 150) (ceiling insulation/garage door insulation panels) with reflective aluminum surface along with attachment washers
- HVAC system equipment update
- windows and installation and exterior security bars
- exterior/interior security system equipment
- commercial dog bath equipment/system
- 2 washers and dryers (we have 1 set donated already - a total of 3 sets are needed)
- 2'x2' attic/ventilation fans (quantity: 12)
- sky lights in frame for replacement of damaged ones (quantity: 12 - measurements:TBA)
- 2 laptop or desktop computers and 1 printer
If you have materials you'd like to donation, please click here to send us an email. THANK YOU!!
- plumber for washer/dryer and drain installation
- electrician for various work
- monthly security system monitoring service
- professional cleaning/large amount of dust removal from existing ductwork, etc.
If you have services you'd like to donation, please click here to send us an email. THANK YOU!!
The list above will be updated regularly with additions and deletions. If you know anyone who would like to donate any of the materials, it is tax-deductible. We can make sponsorship recognition available to any material or service provider on our website here, facebook, twitter and in our e-newsletters and we can customize sponsorship recognition packages for larger sponsors. Please click here to send us an email if you'd like to help.
THANK YOU! for helping New Mexico Pets Alive! to save more lives of at-risk shelter pets in New Mexico!!
(Download a pdf copy and help to distribute to friends, family, co-workers and elected officials.)
Over 500 cities across America (and counting) are now No Kill cities - saving upwards of 99% of the animals entering their animal control departments and private and municipal shelters. New Mexico can also have this same level of animal welfare success. Every year, tens of thousands of lost and homeless pets and community cats are at-risk of entering New Mexico animal control and shelter systems and then not making it out alive but there are proven solutions to these challenges.
TOP 6 REASONS COMPANION ANIMALS ENTER SHELTER SYSTEMS:
Behavior Challenges Family Financial Hardship Divorce/Breakup
Lost Pets Death in Family Losing Home
PROVEN SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE SHELTER INTAKE:
1. Pet Guardian Support to help keep pets in their homes and out of shelters
2. Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender for Pet Guardians who need temporary pet housing assistance to keep their pets or re-homing assistance for pets they can no longer keep in the home
3. Return Lost Pets to Pet Guardians in the field rather than entering shelter system
4. Trap-Neuter-Return for community cats rather than entering the shelter intake system
5. Low-Cost or Free, High-Quality Spay and Neuter Services for Pet Guardians
PROVEN SOLUTIONS TO INCREASE SHELTER LIVE RELEASE RATES:
1. Pro-Active Redemption/Reunion programs for reuniting lost pets entering the shelter system who are not homeless
2. Medical and Behavioral prevention, care, rehabilitation and Foster programs and services for shelter pets
3. Pets to the People - comprehensive, multi-location, off-site from shelter, pet adoption programs operating 5 – 7 days per week in partnership with local businesses to help shelter pets gain more public exposure where people gather, work and play.
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Each of the aforementioned solutions has been proven to be equally important and must work in concert with each another to maximize the save rates of at-risk lost and homeless pets and community cats in New Mexico. New Mexico Pets Alive! (NMPA!) is working daily to fill the gaps in promoting and providing the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in New Mexico but we cannot do it without your help.
Please JOIN US! VOLUNTEER or DONATE Today!
With the help of the NMPA! primary program mentor, Austin Pets Alive!, and the NMPA! partnership with Aimee Sadler for the NMPA! future Playing For Life Training Center featuring dog playgroups, (1 of only 5 being established right now in the country - right here in Albuquerque!) being housed within our expansion - the following video helps to explain the successful national programming we are growing right here in New Mexico (click the image below to view the video):
Your support is needed TODAY to help us maintain our current at-risk shelter pet rescue program and grow much needed gap-filling programming and services for at-risk shelter pets in New Mexico. Support at any level is greatly appreciated. Please visit the top right-hand side of this page to donate online or by mail. On behalf of dedicated volunteers, fosters and the animals waiting for our help, we THANK YOU!
New Mexico Pets Alive! is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization with a mission to help New Mexico become part of the growing, progressive no kill companion animal welfare success happening all across America whereby cities and counties are finding loving forever homes for upwards of 99% of their lost and homeless pets and creating humane TNR programs community cats. (As a national average only 2% - 3% of companion animals entering animal control and shelter systems are irredeemably suffering or truly vicious and must be humanely euthanized.) We will achieve a No Kill State of NM by working with the most successful companion animal welfare leaders from across the country to bring best practices in progressive companion animal welfare and proven solutions to New Mexico to help fill current programming gaps and solve our homeless pet challenges and euthanasia problems. These proven companion animal life saving solutions are now being comprehensively implemented in hundreds of cities across America resulting in an end to the needless killing of their city's healthy and treatable companion animals. We can achieve the same success for New Mexico's people and pets while helping to save tax-payer dollars along the way.
Our work is equal parts C.ommunity, A.dvocacy, R.escue and E.ducation. We apologize but we do not take in pet surrenders from the public - we only rescue impounded animals. We cannot achieve our mission without Volunteers, Animal Foster Parents and Funding (please see our donation options on the right-hand side of this page) so please JOIN US TODAY in working toward achieving a No Kill State of New Mexico!
Your help is needed TODAY!
Please DONATE to help NMPA! save more lives of at-risk shelter pets in NM
If you prefer to make a one time donation online, please Click Here. THANK YOU!
You may also make your contribution payable to New Mexico Pets Alive and mail to:
NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125
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