Hello Dear Readers!
It has been awhile and I am glad to be back. This column will now be twice a month instead of every week, and we will see how that works. I want to thank everyone who contacted me asking why my column was missing. That felt good and I really appreciated it.
The following is my first-of-the-year update on our animal nonprofit organizations. Post it somewhere you can easily access if needed.
Stray Hearts Animal Shelter
1200 St. Francis, Taos, N.M.
P.O. Box 622, Taos, N.M. 87571
Hours: 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Wednesday closed.
Provides animal sheltering and care for town and county of Taos and public intakes.
Dog and cat adoptions daily.
Taos Feral Feline Friends
P.O. Box 1926, Ranchos de Taos, N.M. 87557
TFFF provides programs for feral cats: live trapping, spay or neuter with vaccinations, no-kill cat shelter for adoptable cats plus additional feline services. The objective is to eliminate our community's overwhelming feral cat challenges. Call if you need feral cat assistance.
Four Corners Animal League
(575) 751-0150 (spay/neuter)
(575) 741-1444 (emergencies)
Discounted low-cost spay or neuter for dogs and cats, emergency veterinarian services, animal rescue and pet food needs for low-income homes.
Planned Pethood of Taos
Providing free dog and cat spay and neuter services plus vaccinations at Española Valley Humane Animal Shelter for the town and county of Taos and Taos Pueblo. Animals must be between eight weeks and 8 years old. No voucher is needed. Appointments can be made for a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Call (505) 753-0228.
Rides can be arranged. Call Planned Pethood for more information.
Northern New Mexico Friends of the Animals
Holly Howard (575) 586-0784 or Jim Vaughn (575) 586-2483
Provides low-cost/no cost spay and neuter services, vaccinations, veterinarian assistance, pet food and animal rescue for Questa and nearby surrounding areas.
P.O. Box 1114, Questa, N.M. 87556
Zimmer Feline Foundation
P.O. Box 6815, Santa Fe, N.M. 87502
Spay and neuter vouchers for domesticated pet cats from low-income homes at no cost. Also, provides no-cost vouchers for veterinarian medical assistance. Salazar Veterinarian Clinic in Taos honors these vouchers.
Animal Protection of New Mexico
(505) 265-2322 is APNM's main number
Their Equine Protection Fund provides assistance in emergency feeding, gelding, humane euthanasia and immediate medical veterinarian help for equines seized in cruelty cases.
Financial assistance in gelding stallions and colts is available to low-income families and for rescue shelters, veterinarians and law enforcement. The procedure must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.
The Trail's End program subsidizes some veterinary fees and disposal costs for humanely euthanizing suffering horses and other equines. To qualify, low-income horse owners must have verification from a licensed veterinarian.
Emergency feed assistance is available to horse owners who have incurred temporary financial difficulty (job loss, medical emergency, foreclosure) within the past six months.
Taos County Animal Control
(575) 758-2216 (Dispatch)
Richard Sanchez, ACO Supervisor
Town Officer: Linda Sanchez
The animal control department is under the supervision of the Taos County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe is the overall supervisor.
Have a tip about animals? Contact email@example.com or (575) 613-3448.