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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 upwards of 98% of lost and homeless pets and community cats are being given a second chance to find a loving, forever home. (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.ompassion, 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!
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(Click Here to download a white background flyer version of Pets to the People and help post/hang/distribute to help us recruit more foster pet parents.)
of a Total Immersion Training Program at Austin Pets Alive! gives the trainee a
high level perspective of the inner workings and infrastructure needed to be
successful in replicating this model.
Every city is different and will have different needs but we believe our
comprehensive programs work to help fill existing gaps in companion animal welfare
and can help resolve any city's euthanasia problem." - Ellen Jefferson,
DVM and Executive Director, Austin Pets Alive!
"I expect my spending 10 days immersed in Austin's programs to offer a deeper understanding of the day-to-day application and management of their
successful companion animal lifesaving programs. This will be an invaluable opportunity for us as we launch the 1st No Kill physical programming space in Albuquerque and also continue our work to help people and pets in other New Mexico cities.” - Melissa Roberts,
Executive Director, New Mexico Pets Alive!
THANK YOU! to everyone at Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) and San Antonio Pets Alive! (SAPA!)
I ended my 10 day Immersion Training at APA! with incoming puppies and kittens, experiencing their finely tuned intake processing and getting each animal ready for their next steps for care and then adoption.
This experience was an experiment as APA! had never taken anyone under their wing like this on-site at their programming facility for this length of time. I knew it would be game changing for NMPA! No Kill programming efforts here in NM to benefit more people and pets but the past 10 days have far, far exceeded my expectations. The knowledge being brought back will not only save us tens of thousands of dollars in medical costs over the next few years but the in-depth time spent with APA! program managers, team leaders, staff and volunteers is expected to shave off about a year of our program development time - basically it is going to allow us to propel our efforts forward far more quickly than we originally anticipated it would.
Stayed tuned on facebook and via our e-news for posts of the remainder of the Immersion Training highlights. Our next steps are extremely important for homeless pets in NM, so please plan to join us for one of our next volunteer orientations in Albuquerque. Visit: http://www.newmexicopetsalive.org/events.php for more information. We will also soon be announcing public informational/educational meetings to provide information on what we have learned and what assistance we will work to provide to rescue groups, shelters and city and county administrators to help them duplicate these life-saving programs.
Melissa Roberts, Executive Director
New Mexico Pets Alive!
This time last year, America had a little more
than 25 municipal, open admission No Kill shelters serving approximately
50 communities. Today, we have over 300 cities (and counting) composing 94+ communities
with municipal, open admission shelters and animal control depts who
have chosen to be No Kill and are now saving upwards of 98% of their
community's homeless pets and community cats. Yes, that's more than a 248% increase in 12 months! With your help, New Mexico can have that same success too.
We look forward to working with you!!
We hope you will join us in supporting our work of creating progress for at-risk shelter pets in New Mexico. Our volunteers have done a phenomenal job with very few resources. We receive over 100 emails per week asking for our help for shelter pets and families who need help to prevent surrendering their pet to a shelter. With the resources we have, we are able to help only a few of those each week and we want to be able to help many more.
With almost no sustainable financial support paired with a currently all-volunteer crew, we have achieved the following over this past 2012 year. Imagine what we could do if we had your support today as a new member and partner in our life saving efforts!
- We continued one of the most important efforts to bring about positive, systemic change for our shelter pets: our awareness raising campaign launched in 2011. Most animal lovers do not know that despite having enough homes here in New Mexico, within our region and within the United States, New Mexico shelters are putting down approximately 100,000 healthy and treatable companion animals every year. These are dogs, cats, kittens and puppies just like yours and mine. The knowledge of a better way and the know how of what to do to achieve success has been in existence for over a decade. We now have 300 economically, socially and culturally diverse cities (and growing) across America now saving upwards of 97% of their communities' lost and homeless pets. Our pets in New Mexico deserve the same effort and subsequent success.
- We were the only animal welfare organization in the state of New Mexico to attend the first groundbreaking American Pets Alive! companion animal life saving educational conference held in Austin, TX by Austin Pets Alive!(APA!) in September 2011. After becoming the largest No Kill city in America with one of the most successful shelter program in the country, APA! was inundated with requests for hands-on learning opportunities so that others could learn how to duplicate their success. From that conference we learned how to duplicate their success here in NM shelters and launched free case study community presentations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces, NM to share the knowledge we had learned. We then set up a free shelter consultation program to help interested shelters learn how to duplicate Austin's programming. (See below).
As mentioned above, we created a free consultation program for shelters across New Mexico to help them learn how other shelters and cities are engaging their communities and working toward creating No Kill communities. While only a handful of shelters in NM have taken us up on this offer, to our surprise, we've received more requests for help from shelters located outside of New Mexico but within our region and we have been happy to share with them what we've learned from the most successful shelter leaders in America. Several of those have begun to try to implement our No Kill recommendations and much to their surprise, their effort to try is beginning to pay off for the animals in their care and the members of their community.
With the help of No Kill Nation, sponsors and the generosity of No Kill leaders Nathan Winograd, Ryan Clinton, Bonney Brown, Aimee Sadler and Michael Mountain, we produced and hosted New Mexico's 1st No Kill conference, the Western States No Kill Conference, this past March. We brought together 150 animal lovers from 8 states to learn from those who had successfully created No Kill communities. Our 2nd annual conference is scheduled for September 14, 2013 in Albuquerque. If you'd like to help by volunteering or becoming a conference sponsor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- We launched Albuquerque's first effort to make Albuquerque, America's next No Kill city through the advocacy efforts and gap-filling programs and services of Albuquerque Pets Alive! (ABQPA!). We created both a rescue and adoption prep program within this effort to begin to help begin to fill the gaps in needed programming and services. This year approximately 9,000 animals in ABQ shelters will not receive the programming and services they need and deserve despite the city shelter having an annual budget of almost $10 million. The NMPA!/ABQPA! program hopes to change all this for the better, on behalf of our people and pets. Our program advocates for the systemic reforms needed to create positive changes for shelter pets in Albuquerque while simultaneously creating and delivering the rescue and life saving programming of the model/mentor programs of Austin Pets Alive!, the Nevada Humane Society and Aimee Sadler's Behavior and Training programs, specifically for pets in ABQ shelters.
- We continued and grew our facebook crossposting and networking project ‘Save New Mexico Pets’ to help hundreds of lost and homeless and other New Mexico pets in need.
- We took the next important steps in our LifeRaft Lodge project planning but we are still seeking a land use agreement or land donation. This facility will help approximately 20,000 at-risk shelter pets every year and will be the largest program of its kind serving New Mexico's shelter pets.
With your help, our adoption prep program will soon expand to include the establishment of some of the most needed programming and services for shelter pets today. A large percentage of the treatable animals not making it out of NM shelters and into loving homes have been diagnosed with an infectious disease or labeled as a "behavior case" in our shelters where the lack of programming and services is causing the needless deaths of thousands of our companion animals every year. From Austin Pets Alive!, we've learned how to save 85%+ of Parvo cases, 90%+ of URI cases, 100% of ringworm cases. From Aimee Sadler's programming, we've learned how to save upwards of 97% of dog behavior cases. This is the success rate our homeless pets in New Mexico deserve. If you'll become a member today, at the most generous level you are able to, we will be able to deliver this expanded life saving programming in the near future via the expansion of our adoption prep programming. Our lifesaving/adoption programs are some of the MOST COST EFFECTIVE in the state of NM. We model our programming on the most cost effective and successful (saving upwards of 97% of open-admission shelter intake) shelter programs in America. We need your support to continue and to grow in efficiency and effectiveness.
Our goal is to raise $350,000 where the overwhelming majority of our expenditure outlays are on direct programming for the animals in our care. Please join us as a member today. Your membership at any level will help us take that next step toward more progress and possibilities for NM shelter pets. Their needs have been ignored for too long - they deserve adequate programming and services as soon as possible.
Please join us at one or more of the following membership levels:
Friend of NM Shelter Pets - $15/yr
Advocate for NM Shelter Pets - $30/yr
Changemaker for NM Shelter Pets - $50/yr
Angel for NM "Pit Bulls" - $75/yr
Dog and Cat Guardian - $100/yr
Constant Companion - $250/yr
Shelter Pet Angel - $500/yr
NM Shelter Pet Steward - $1,000/yr
On behalf of the shelter pets in our care and those to come and also our volunteers, we Thank You!!
Help New Mexico Pets Alive! each time you shop at Albertsons!
Download our temporary Community Scan card below and use it each time you shop at Albertsons. A portion of your purchase will help NM at-risk shelter pets in need via our current and developing programming.
Your help is needed today. Please DONATE to help NMPA! to help more people and pets!
If you prefer to make a one time donation online, please Click Here. THANK YOU!
You may also make your tax-deductible
contribution payable to New Mexico Pets Alive and mail to:
NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125
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If you are seeking a tangible way to support our efforts, our NMPA!/ABQPA! shelter pet rescue wish list posted at:
Thank you in advance for your kindness.
WE NOW ACCEPT VEHICLE DONATIONS of all kinds! To all our friends and supporters, no matter in which state you live - do you have a car, truck, motorcycle, van, RV, farm equipment you want to get rid of? If so, you can receive a tax-deduction if you donate your vehicle to New Mexico Pets Alive!. It's hassle free with a free pick-up and our vehicle donation partner basically does all the work for you. NMPA! receives a portion of each vehicle sale and we use the funds to support the rescued animals in our care (vet care, foster care and rehab/training expenses). Just click onto the car image link to get started. THANK-YOU!!