We are committed to our Mission
APA is a progressive animal welfare organization seeking to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Dona Ana County and greatly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter.
We strongly encourage and require responsibility
APA actively promotes responsible pet guardianship to all of its program recipients. By receiving food or other support from us in their of economic need, people agree to meet their pets’ basic physical and social needs (fresh food and water daily, adequate shelter, and companionship/attention). We are here to help companion animals only–not any animals people use for monetary or other gain, such as only for utilitarian uses (guard dogs, etc.). We also do not help breeders.
We also counsel people on keeping their vaccinations up-to-date and to spay and neuter all their pets in order to give back to the community who is generously providing the food and funds to purchase food.
We ask that people contact us about their pet care issues or questions. We have information about programs, services, pet behavior and training, and other non-profit groups in the area.
Paying it Forward
For able-minded and bodied recipients needing our help for more than six months in a row who are already responsible pet guardians, they are asked to donate their time or talents to APA’s efforts in the community. Long-term recipients who are not already being responsible are asked to update their pets’ vaccinations and spay/neuter in order to keep receiving our support. When our funds allow, we assist food bank clients with vaccinations and spay/neuter SNAP co-pays. Some recipients are also asked to improve pet living conditions, if needed. We review each applicant’s status continually to keep their information current and to be sure we are helping those that need assistance the most.
The main goal of the pet food bank is to keep animals with their families, keep them from suffering, and reduce the intake at our overburdened municipal animal shelter. We ask people to think of our shelter as a place of last resort for animals, not a place where animals should be dumped off on a regular basis.
Meet Our Team
Get to know our team. The human team, anyway.
APA Board of Directors
Sharon Hartford, Chair
Heather Hume, Secretary
Denise Cooper, Treasurer
Douglas Baker, Member
Amanda Lopez-Askin, Member
Mardell Esparza, Member
Karen Mabry, Member
Lauren Zimmerman, Member
Seeking new Board Members committed to saving lives!
APA’s philosophical approach to animal welfare in our community is modern and progressive. We are part of the No Kill movement as defined and advanced by the No Kill Advocacy Center, which is helping many communities achieve No Kill goals nationwide and worldwide. We strongly support reform of Animal Control departments and animal shelters to drastically reduce our community’s homeless animal kill rate and improve the lives of animals and people.
If you are a No Kill advocate, someone who wants to help save more feral cats’ lives, someone who is partial to the plight of pit bulls in our community, or someone willing and able to learn more about progressive approaches to animal welfare and help us grow quickly to reach our goals, we’d love for you to join our board of directors and help us step up our advocacy work in the community. Please contact us today if you are interested in serving on our Board.
Michel Meunier, Executive Director
Nora Insurriaga, Director of Operations (Adoption Center) — supported by 8 part-time staff
Cassandra Lockwood, Thrift Store Manager — supported by 6 part-time staff