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.

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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 econimic 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.

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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.

APA Management:

Michel Meunier, Executive Director

Nora Insurriaga, Director of Operations (adoption center)

Cassandra Lockwood, Thrift Store Manager

Part-time Staff at APA Adoption Center:

Tishell Payne, Animal Caregiver

Jessica Cervantes, Animal Caregiver

Cindi Huff, Animal Caregiver

Roy Askin, Food Bank Driver

Alicia Minich, Animal Custodian

Ashley Smith, Clerk/Animal Custodian

Norma Cervantes, Animal Caregiver/Custodian

We thank all the volunteers who support our staff and animals at our adoption center.

Part-time Staff at Second Chance Thrift Store:

Alyssa Griego, Cashier

Brande Hernandez, Cashier

Caro Flores, Cashier

Jessie Villegas, Driver

Vincent Marquez, Driver

 

 

 

 
 

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