Espanola Valley Humane Society Nets $92K Grant

EVHS News:
ESPANOLA  The Espanola Valley Humane Society (EVHS) is pleased to announce that is has received a nearly $92,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.
The grant funds the inaugural year of theCommunity Pet Program, designed to address the pet overpopulation in rural and outlying Northern New Mexico communities served by the Shelter.
The pet overpopulation problem is unique in the areas the EVHS serves: it has a poor population attempting to care for more animals per person than the national average. 
EVHS has had a great deal of success reducing its intake of animals in the city of Espanola, and now has the resources needed to address outlying communities.
“We know that pets living in poor communities are most likely to enter shelters, and this generous grant from PetSmart Charities allows us to offer free, onsite vaccination clinics, targeted outreach, and free transportation of animals to and from our clinic for spay/neuter surgery,” says Bridget Lindquist, EVHS Executive Director. “Our goal is to perform a total of 600 free sterilizations, and decrease the intake of unwanted animals from the targeted communities: the pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh, and villages of Chimayo, Hernandez and Velarde.”
EVHS was one of only 31 groups nationwide of 150 that applied to receive this grant. To date, EVHS has held two free onsite vaccination clinics.
In October in the community of Velarde, the Shelter saw 80 animals, 38 of which had never seen a vet before, and 39 of which intact.
In November, the Shelter went to Hernandez and served 133 animals, 79 of which had never seen a vet, and 80 that had not been altered.
If the Shelter was unable to make a spay/neuter appointment during the visit, staff will follow up to encourage owners to spay/neuter their pets, including free transportation for the animals to and from the clinic.
The spay/neuter procedure is also free.
The next free onsite vaccination clinic will be Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Arboleda Community Center in Chimayo.
For information about the Shelter’s free clinics or free spay/neuter program, contact (505).753.8662.