Sadly, if you live in New Mexico, you're no stranger to the tragedy of our dog and cat overpopulation crisis. But we could solve this problem if families could afford and access spay/neuter services for their animals.
Senate Bill 51, introduced by Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs), and House Bill 64, introduced by Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española) & Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), enact a modest additional fee paid by dog and cat food manufacturers selling their products in New Mexico, which will go toward providing desperately needed low-cost spay/neuter services across the state.
Why the fee increase? Because it's proven to work in other states to reduce homeless animals and shelter pet euthanasia—while having little to no impact on consumers, retailers, and the pet food industry. A similar 2017 bill passed the House by a bipartisan 50-17 vote before running out of time in the Senate.
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