BENEFITING: The Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico
Our Coalition for Pets and People is a group of local animal advocate organizations, including our local animal shelter and our City and County Animal Control Officers who have joined together in order to reduce the number of healthy/adoptable animals which are euthanized each year because of animal over population. Our goal of "zero in 7" is to reduce the number of healthy/adoptable animals being euthanized at our sheltert to zero within the next 5 years. We have been in working together as a coalition for only 2 years and last year we saw the lowest intake rate at our animal shelter since 1996.
Our Teams within the Coalition, each have a specific objective and responsibility for carrying out their activities.
As an example, our Persian Team is organized around solving the problem of a growing population of free roaming cats, many of which are being fed by well meaning people, but do nothing to maintain the health of the cats or reduce reproduction. Most of the cats are feral and have no care giver to monitor their health, feed them, trap them, sterilize them, microchip them and vaccinate them to keep them healthy and to reduce reproduction and population growth.
Trap, neuter, and return of free roaming felines is now legal within Dona Ana County thanks to the work of this team. Some of your contributions will be used to sterilize, vaccinate and microchip these cats, which will reduce the population and hence the necessity to reduce the numbers through euthanasia.
Another example is the work our Animal Control Officers who function as the Shepherd Team and capture free roaming animals to protect them from harm and to protect the public. The Officers scan the animals for an implanted microchip which gives them access to the owners name, address and phone number so the animal can be taken directly home instead of to the local shelter, which ultimately reduces overall cost and saves an animal's life. This piece of our local program now accounts for about 1,800 animals annually who will not enter the animal shelter thereby making space available so another animal can be accepted and survive until a forever home can be found through adoption. Our overall program to microchip animals to facilitate "field return to owner" by our local Animal Control Officers is managed entirely by volunteers.
In fact, their are no paid positions in our organization. We are all volunteers.
Our programs, including low cost or no cost mobile spay/neuter sterilization and are primarily focused to meet the needs of animal owners who are "low income" and might not be able to afford the surgery. Spay/neuter programs have had a significant impact on reducing animal population and the number of animals being euthanized.
Funds derived from your contributions will support our "low cost" spay/neuter program, purchase microchips for more animals support our local rescue organizations who foster animals for adoption and provide public education for responsible animal ownership.
Please consider the Coalition for Pets and People for a contribution through the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 575-202-6886.
Tom Townsend, Co-Chairman
Coalition for Pets and People
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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