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[December 28, 2012]

Life Savers [Albuquerque Journal, N.M.]

(Albuquerque Journal (NM) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 28--Tens of thousands of our companion cats and dogs are abandoned every year in New Mexico. Many of those are sick, injured, lost, abused. And countless innocent lives are saved by the unpaid, often unacknowledged work of volunteer rescue groups and rescuers.

Meet a few of them here. For a list of groups statewide, which also includes organizations that save horses, ferrets, birds and more, go to www.petroglyphsnm. org and click on the New Mexico Animal Resource Directory.

Consider helping out -- a check, or some pet food, or blankets or even a bottle of bleach. Consider donating some time if you can. It doesn't take much to make a big difference.

Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department Kennel Kompadres works as a "friends of" the public city's shelters by raising money to educate the public, promote pet adoption, and support spay/neuter programs. Visit for details.

Other ways to help is to donate items for foster care -- kitten and puppy "baby" bottles, available at pet supply stores, small litter boxes, cat carriers, Kongs for dogs. People who volunteer to foster shelter pets give them a great start in their new lives and help them become healthy, happy and adoptable. For information, go to

Animal Humane New Mexico The state's largest private nonprofit shelter, Animal Humane has served the needs of companion animals for decades, starting with a small campus on Virginia SE, which is undergoing a massive renovation, and adding adoption locations in the Northeast Heights and Corrales.

Monetary donations are always welcome, but the organization can also use: all sizes of dog collars, stuffed animals for foster care pets, toys and balls for dogs, peanut butter to stuff inside Kongs, plastic toys for cats, unscented bleath, distilled water, towers, black pens and Sharpies, 8-- by 11-inch copy paper and laminating sheets, large binders and manila folders.

Go to for more information, details.

Enchantment Great Pyrenees Club The owner of a pregnant Great Pyrenees surrendered her to the Valencia County animal shelter, where her time is up -- a rescue or die dilemma. The volunteers at Enchantment got mom, who gave birth to nine pups, one of which died. The mother, Sammi, is extremely underweight, has tapeworms, and develops a severe infection. Not only is she very ill, she's unable to nurse her pups, so the babies were fed by volunteers every two hours, around the clock. Sammi needs surgery. One puppy appears to be blind. One had surgery for a heart defect. Three develop upper respiratory infections. They require roundthe-clock monitoring and medication in addition to the feeding. Weeks of work, stress, and huge vet expenses -- nearly $5,000 -- pass and Sammi and her pups get healthy, get homes, and the little blind puppy has surgery to remove her eyes. "She has been named Gracie since she is quite amazing," says the EGPC newsletter.

For information on this amazing rescue and how to help, go to www.

EnchantMutts "As a smaller rescue, EnchantMutts' intake is limited by availability of fosters and funds. Our arms are open for the forgotten, the abandoned and the sick we can help. That is where our donors make such an impact with monetary donations. Ani Roo, abandoned by her owners in a rural shelter -- likely due to her declining health and visible issues -- huddled in the back of her kennel, with 24 hours to live. By luck -- someone forwarded her picture to us with a plea. The only information we knew was her breed. She was swollen, tattered, frightened, filthy, covered with fleas and flinching at any movement or sound. She appeared to have lived a hard life. Her picture and her expression however, spoke a million words. When EnchantMutts pulled her from the shelter we discovered she had recently had a litter of pups and still had milk -- we don't know where the puppies went but they could not have been old enough to survive on their own. She felt like a Brillo pad with bald spots over her body; her coat was terribly thin and could not have offered any protection in bad weather. Her calluses proved she had never known a warm bed or been in a home, (had) lived her life outside. ... After a battery of tests, medications, ear drops, baths, rest, warmth, good food and love, Ani Roo is on her way to being a beautiful specimen of her breed, a gorgeous blue merle Australian shepherd who is only 3-4 years old -- a girl who is forgetting her past and who has a wonderful sweet personality and a smile on her face.

"... Ani Roo is the type of animal that costs a bit more to save but is no less deserving of a forever home. So when people ask where EnchantMutts funds go -- it is simple -- we help Ani Roos. One life at a time." -- Kristi Edwards Fabulous Felines "Fabulous Felines is a small group with large veterinary bills. For example, we are currently treating beautiful Ian for severe stomatitis, a painful condition of the mouth. Because he was having negative side effects from the usual steroid treatment, we are trying an experimental treatment. This is an ongoing treatment involving daily medication for an undetermined amount of time. Treatment requires frequent blood panels to adjust the medication. He is a sweet and wonderful soul and deserves this chance for a pain-free life. He is one example of the kitties we care for." -- Merry Stubblefield F.A.T. (Feline Assistance Team) Katz FAT Katz is formerly known as ABC Friends, and like all rescues can use volunteers and money. For instance, a single, recent trip to a shelter in Valencia County yielded 21 cats.

If you can foster a cat or kitten, or sponsor a newsletter or volunteer at adoption or special events, offer commercial printing services or money, contact the rescue; information at www.

Here are some items that will help save cats and assist their adoptions: cat litter, clumping and non-clumping, canned and dry food, toys, catnip, scratching posts, trees and cardboard scratchers, cat beds from Pet Edge, foaming, non-alcohol hand sanitizer, small garbage bags, laundry detergent, copy paper, printable address labels, envelopes, stamps, gift cards (Revival Animal, Petco, PetSmart, Walmart or Idexx).

GPA -- New Mexico Greyhound Connection "Our main need is financial. All the greyhounds that come into our program need to be spayed or neutered, teeth cleaned, vaccinated and heartworm tested. We also microchip the dogs. All that adds up to large vet bills. We are also in need of foster homes for the greyhounds." -- Candy Beck Greyhound Companions of New Mexico "Our biggest need is money for vet bills, as many of the retired racers we rescue come to us with racing injuries and/or illnesses resulting from the environment in which they are trained and raced. We always need foster homes as well." -- Judy K. Paulsen High Desert Cat Rescue and Adoption The all volunteer, no-kill rescue not only finds forever homes for cats and kittens, it works to educate cat owners and also works with other groups that offer trap-neuter-release programs for feral cats.

Needs include: Volunteers, particularly foster parents. The group doesn't operate a shelter for all of its rescues. They live in foster homes until they are adopted. The more foster homes, the more cats that can be helped.

Cash donations are always welcome. Most of the budget goes to veterinary expenses. Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico The group's two biggest needs: money, because it has more than $50,000 a year in veterinary costs, and foster families.

Also: dog collars, in small and medium. Luvin' Labs Labrador Retriever Rescue The rescue works with shelters throughout the state and in Texas, with owners who need to find homes for their pets, and with a network of volunteers who move dogs "across the country, Pony Express style." Its latest project: a just completed playground area for adoptable dogs that are being boarded.

Like other all-volunteer, nonprofit rescues, the greatest needs are money for veterinary care, volunteers and fosters.

From the website,, "How about being an angel to a Lab Express your love for your Lab, donate in memory of your Lab, or help save a Lab who is looking for their forever home." People's Anti-Cruelty Association/Albuquerque Animal Rescue Founded in 1973, PACA says it's the oldest no-kill animal rescue group in New Mexico.

"We rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter and adopt out dogs and cats. Our wish list includes: cat and kitten food, dog and puppy food, cat litter, dog and cat toys and treats, dog collars and leashes, towels and bedding. Donations may be dropped off at PetSmart (Academy/ Wyoming). We love monetary donations, which are used for veterinary care. We are especially appreciative of foster homes for dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, and for volunteers to help at our cat and dog adoption clinics." PACA spent $5,000 recently for the care of a dog that had been left beside the road to die. Quixote Humane "We primarily rescue small dogs from Valencia County; however Tommy Lee Jones needed help and he is such a laid back, easygoing fellow we said, "uhh, OK" and took him into our rescue. Tommy Lee has had untreated ear infections that caused complete obstruction of his ear canals. He requires surgery to remove the source of the infected tissue. He also needs corrective eyelid surgery to prevent his eyelashes from continuing to scratch his right eye. The estimate for the surgeries is approximately $2,000. Donations would be most welcome.

"Tommy Lee Jones is looking for a home that appreciates a wrinkled face and gentle manner. Please visit our website: to read more about him and our other fabulous (mostly small) dogs available for adoption." -- Judy Babcock Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc.

One of the Rio Rancho-based rescue's more recent saves is Chloe, who was at a Socorro shelter and would have been put to death because of her medical issue, a "cherry eye" inflammation of the membrane known as "the third eyelid." She'll need surgery to fix the eye, and to be spayed, and meanwhile is being cared for in a foster home.

"A couple of $25 donations would cover her eye surgery. We've still been helping with funding spays and neuters in the Gallup area also; $25 spays one cat in Gallup, $50 can cover neutering a dog. We are trying to help cut down the unbelievable amount of homeless pets in rural areas." -- Debbie Duck Also: $20 would feed one foster cat for a month and $25 would feed one foster dog for a month. Watermelon Mountain Ranch "Fonzi is an energetic and independent 2-year-old Chihuahua mix. He came to us through a shelter transfer in the southern part of the state. The shelter let us know that there had been signs of abuse and this little guy was going to need some extra love. Fonzi has recently been diagnosed with internal injuries that require extensive surgery. The surgery has been completed and the little brave guy is starting the long recovery process. Still wanting to run and play, it will take time until he is able to be back to his independent self.

"... As a nonprofit, we would not be able to save these ... sweet loving dogs without the contributions of the public. The medical bills for (Fonzi and a second rescue, Cricket, that had been injured) came out to nearly $6,000; every penny that the public donates goes to help with these type of bills and helps to care for the other loving animals on the ranch." -- Sara Garrigan ___ (c)2012 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) Visit the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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