Help support Animal Shelter Board Transfer!

House Bill 219 (Transfer Animal Sheltering Board to Sustain Its Mission) passed the House State Government, Indian & Veterans' Affairs and will next be voted on by the entire House of Representatives.

HB 219 will authorize the administrative move of the Animal Sheltering Board and its duties from the Regulation and Licensing Department to the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.

In Tuesday's committee, there may be a substitute bill introduced to specifically create a new “Animal Sheltering Committee” within the Board of Veterinary Medicine. As a subcommittee, the Animal Sheltering Committee would retain the Animal Sheltering Board's duties to support and disburse funds for low-cost spay/neuter in communities in need, while the Board of Veterinary Medicine would assume authority over licensing, inspections, and enforcement of humane euthanasia in animal shelters and, when resources allow, it may enforce operational and infrastructure standards in animal shelters. This structure for the efficient use of resources was developed by members of the Board of Veterinary Medicine, the Animal Sheltering Board, and other veterinary and animal shelter advocates, and we believe the substitute bill will reflect this approach.

Every year over 65,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in New Mexico’s animal shelters. New Mexicans agree that those animals who must be euthanized for lack of a forever home at least deserve humane euthanasia by trained and licensed individuals. As a part of reducing the number of homeless animals in our state, New Mexicans also want to see expansion of low-cost spay/neuter programs.

Since its inception in 2007, when the New Mexico Legislature created the Animal Sheltering Board within NM’s Regulation and Licensing Department, the Board has implemented and monitored rules governing euthanasia protocols, overseen distribution of Spay/Neuter funding in counties across the state, published and distributed recommended minimum standards for shelters and more.

Take action below to make sure your legislators vote 'yes' on HB 129 and to adjust it to create a "Board/Subcommittee" structure — to support the Animal Sheltering Board's continuing mission while consolidating resources to effectively oversee and license humane euthanasia providers and maintaining important spay/neuter programs.

IMPORTANT: The more you personalize your letter, the more effective it will be in reaching and persuading your legislator. We’ve provided a draft letter for you, but we STRONGLY encourage you to edit the content of the form letter to put it in your own words. Tell a brief story about why this issue is personally important to you, and emphasize the facts that you think will resonate most with your legislator.