To: Mike Stark, County Manager
Support Safe, Humane Communities for People and Pets in San Juan County
In 2021, 6,800 dogs and cats were killed in animal shelters across New Mexico, but together with your help, we can change that.
Many of those pets are healthy or treatable pets that could be placed in homes or community cats that could be trapped, neutered, and returned. We know our state can do better. We believe that every dog and cat who can be saved should be saved.
That’s why as residents of San Juan County, NM, USA, we want our county to make a formal plan committed to lifesaving.
The municipal shelters in our county should focus on saving as many lives as possible through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other community support programs.
Why is this important?
Earlier this year, the New Mexico state legislature passed a humane initiative memorial [HM024]. Memorials (or resolutions) are a way for the state legislature to express legislative desire through declaration, frequently addressed to other governmental bodies, such as local government. A humane resolution makes the statement that elected officials want to see local municipal agencies and animal shelter managers work toward ending killing in shelters. They help to draw a line in the sand, and get everyone on the same page, driving toward the goal of saving the lives of dogs and cats.
Now it’s time for local communities to commit their support for lifesaving by passing a humane resolution.