More than 135,000 cats and dogs enter our state’s animal shelters every year and almost half of them are euthanized simply for lack of adoptive homes. Often, New Mexico’s pet overpopulation problem is made worse because spay and neuter services are either not affordable, inaccessible, or both.
In 2007, the state legislature and Governor enacted a law that created the Animal Sheltering Board (ASB) within New Mexico’s Regulation and Licensing Department. The ASB’s mission is to ensure a humane death for every shelter animal requiring euthanasia, define standards for shelter operations and facilities, and develop spay/neuter initiatives. As of early 2015, the Board has issued licenses for 281 euthanasia technicians, agencies and instructors. It has produced an important study of development and funding options for a spay/neuter initiative to aid low-income households in New Mexico, and published a statewide Recommended Minimum Standards for Animal Shelters in New Mexico. And it has distributed approximately $100,000 from the statewide spay/neuter fund to public shelters with the highest intake and euthanasia rates in the state.
The more homeless animals there are, the higher the cost to communities to provide animal care and control services sufficient not only to protect the animals but to protect the public from related risks such as bite injuries and fatalities, disease transmission, traffic accidents, and property damage. Associated costs for basics such as personnel, facilities, equipment, training, sheltering, and euthanasia increase proportionally.
Sign this petition to show your support for sustaining the Animal Sheltering Board and promoting statewide spay/neuter!
We, the undersigned, urge the state of New Mexico to take action to implement new statewide spay-neuter funding mechanisms in order to decrease companion animal overpopulation.
More than 135,000 cats and dogs enter New Mexico animal shelters every year and almost half are euthanized simply for lack of adoptive homes. Often, spay and neuter services are either unaffordable or inaccessible, or both.
By reducing the number of homeless animals, the state will not only decrease animal suffering, but also conserve taxpayer dollars and protect public health and safety.