It's Gonna Be A New Year, so lets make some quick resolutions that will be easy to keep by getting them out of the way. City and County animal licenses are now due. Prices remain the same with a $5 fee for unaltered animals and $3 for spayed/neutered. Purchasing a 2013 license requires proof of rabies so it is a good time to check vaccination renewal time. (Even though it has been many years since a report of rabies in Luna County, it has been found both north and southeast of us, and it is NM law to have inoculations.) And, if you are giving shots, see about boosting protection against parvo, corona, lepto, distemper, etc. as these are the killers in our area. AND, if you are gonna do all of that, you might just as well come on out and get another one to add to your household. Let the holiday love roll on ... as well as the fun!! - December 28, 2012
Looking for the Perfect Holiday Gift? -Deming Animal Shelter gift certificates, in the denominations of your choice, are an ideal gift for all of the pet lovers on your holiday shopping list. - December 1, 2012 & December 8, 2012
We have begun to have calls about Christmas giving so we'd thought we'd get our WISH LIST out there for organized people who finish it all before Thanksgiving! Of course, food bedding, towels, treats, grooming tools (brushes, hair dryers, flea and tick shampoo, baby shampoo, conditioner) are always great.
We are in dire need of medium and large-sized kennels - the enclosed plastic ones - as well as the wire cage kennels that can be used for both pups and kittens. Soft doggie beds help our little dogs stay cozy on cold nights.
We do TONS of laundry everyday so detergent and bleach are heaven-sent.
And, even though we learned as kids not to ask for money, let me give you an example of what a necessary commodity - cold, hard cash - helps to accomplish. A puppy has to have an inoculation at 6 weeks, at a cost of $5, and must have two more at 8 and 10 weeks = $15. At 12 weeks comes the rabies shot at $10. Yea, little pup is adopted = $55 income. Then when the pup is spayed/neutered, the cost is roughly $100. So, we realized $55 on a $125 expense. To us - ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS - a pup has a forever home. Financially? Well, we depend on your help. - 11/16/2012 & 11/23/2012
We NEVER get tired of saying Thank You, and by telling you about it, we hope you can join in our thanks if you happen to run across these folks. This week again applauds our wonderful people. Students at Memorial School brought boxes of food, treats and goodies to the Shelter last Saturday, a contribution of Youth Care Week. Bell School had done the same the week before in addition to a box decorating contest. Our pets received lots of treats and food.
Country Club Estates contributed their usual Howl-o-ween donations with laundry products, bedding, treats, grooming tools, a camera and that versatile commodity: cash.
When the Junior Humane Society goes to work--things HAPPEN. In hosting an off-site adoption fair at Mimbres Valley Feed last Saturday, they adopted four dogs and one cat. In addition, two chihuahuas were returned to owners, AND they had a bake sale...even sending a snack in to the feed store owner.
THANK YOU ALL, and the public who participated to make it all possible. - 11/9/2012
Grant helps spay local pets
Deming Animal Guardians has again received a private foundation grant to help make Luna County a better community. Build-a-Bear Foundation awarded the DAG $3,000 to help support the spay or neuter of pets belonging to indigent residents of Luna County.
In 2011, Deming Animal Guardians helped to support the spay/neuter surgeries of 582 dogs and cats. This year, 682 spays/neuters have been sponsored. This would not have been possible without generous donations from the public. But increasingly, the organization has relied on grants to accomplish its goal of reducing animal suffering. In 2011, 59 percent of its funding came in the form of grants. While the group receives grants from both the county and the city, two-thirds of grant funding comes from private foundations.
The Build-a-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is committed to making life more bearable for children, families and pets, in need of a helping paw. With the sale of each full-sized "Kennel Pal" plush dog, one dollar is donated to domestic pet programs including local animal shelters, stray pet rescue and rehabilitiation organizations and pet education programs around the country. These funds are available to qualified non-profit organizations in the US and Canada.
Visit www.buildabear.com for more information.
As a result of this grant, the DAG was able to host an additional visit of the spay/neuter van in Columbus in October.
If you would like to find out if you are eligible to receive the support of Deming Animal Guardians, please contact Robyn at 546-9711.
Posted: The Deming Headlight Newspaper - 11/20/2012