Beginning in 2018, thanks to a transformative bequest from a McKinley County animal advocate, Valerie King, APNM began funding the Gallup McKinley County Humane Society to enhance the life-saving services its shelter provides for animals in McKinley County through its “Rez Pets Ride” transport program. It’s clear this gift will have an enduring and positive impact on animals in Gallup and surrounding communities.
Funding this important transfer effort — in which the shelter relocates thousands of adoptable dogs and cats each year to high-adoption shelters in Colorado and other states — enables the Gallup McKinley County Humane Society to make a dramatic increase in spending on spay/neuter. The shelter has succeeded in sterilizing more animals in the first six months of this year than in the whole of last year. The shelter has also been able to hire another part-time, high-volume, spay/neuter veterinarian and is making plans to bring mobile spay/neuter services to the Pine Hill-Ramah Navajo area and other underserved locations later this year.
Gallup McKinley County Humane Society: January – June 2018
Animals transported to other shelters:
1,740 (Puppies: 881; Dogs: 448; Cats: 154; Kittens: 257)
Communities from which animals served originated:
Gallup and McKinley County
Gamerco, NM (north of Gallup)
Pine Hill-Ramah Navajo, NM
Grants and Cibola County, NM
Zuni Indian Pueblo in Zuni, NM
Anywhere within 100 miles of Gallup (Pie Town, Fence Lake)
Animals spayed/neutered (increased because of transport funding provided):
1,454 (vs. 1,371 in entire 2017)