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Our mission is to help Dona Ana County reach our No Kill goal to eliminate the unnecessary killing of companion animals via progressive & friendly animal-welfare programs and services. Our vision is that our efforts will help transform our community to improve the quality of life for companion animals and greatly reduce the number of abandoned and homeless animals impounded and killed at our municipal shelter.
We provide services and support to existing pet guardians who are suffering financial hardship via our pet food bank program and holding many low-cost vaccination clinics throughout the year. We also assist our clients with spay/neuter and veterinary care when funding allows.
We run a Second Chance Dogs & Cats program, which takes in former abuse-case animals, many of which are pit bull-type dogs, and helps find these dogs homes vs. the alternative—going to the municipal shelter to be automatically put down. APA recognizes many of these dogs need extra support to acclimate to life in a new home, so post-adoption training and support is provided to families willing to give these special dogs a home where they will never have to suffer neglect or abuse again.
2014 APA Goals and Objectives
We will achieve these goals with the following objectives:
Learn more about No KILL
APA is based on the modern and progressive animal-welfare philosophy and approaches called No Kill. To learn more, visit the national No Kill Advocacy Center's site: Click here.
Seeking those who care about SAVING LIVES for our Board of Directors
APA's philosophical approach to animal welfare in our community is modern and progressive. We are part of the No Kill movement as definted and advanced by the No Kill Advocacy Center (www.nokilladvocacycenter.org), 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 at 575-644-0505 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact us to find out more information about our pet food bank, Dona Ana County Pets Alive! campaign, or for any other questions or comments.
ACTion Programs for Animals (APA)
P.O. Box 125
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Pet food bank location:
901 Pinon St., Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Board of Directors
Being longtime residents of Las Cruces, alumni from NMSU, and raising a family (Carley and Lauren Hamilton are their children--from left-to-right), the Hamiltons are rooted in the community. Chris is a middle school Math/Science teacher for at risk children, and Valina has a 10+ year career within the insurance industry. Chris recently earned his Master’s in Education after receiving an undergrad degree in Engineering more than 12 years prior. Valina earned her bachelor's degree in Marketing from NMSU in 2000.
The Hamiltons have made volunteering with the animals a family affair. They started in 2010 volunteering for the local shelter at the offsite adoption events and fostering dogs. In 2012, they teamed up with APA to expand the rescue, foster and adoption of the shelter’s animals through progressive philosophies and services. They are committed to the animals of this community and working to make Las Cruces New Mexico’s first No Kill community.
Greg works as an attorney at the Las Cruces Office of the Federal Public Defender. He has been involved in animal rescue for years, starting with a white German Shepard rescue in his home state of Indiana.
He is a regular foster for ACTion Program for Animals, taking some of the bigger dogs home until they can be placed. He started fostering in 2012 and joined the board in 2013. Greg is married to board member Margaret Strickland and together they have a house full of rescues.
Margaret is local attorney at the firm of McGraw & Strickland. She has been interested in saving dogs and cats since she was a child, bringing home stray animals on a regular basis.
Margaret is native to the area, growing up in El Paso, and is committed to the community and to the welfare of our local animals. She became involved with ACTion Program for Animals in 2012 as a regular foster and joined the board in 2013. She also works with New Mexico Boston Terrier Rescue. She is married to board member Greg Garvey and together they have a house full of rescues.
Amy Jo Gonzalez
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Amanda López Askin
Amanda López Askin, a native Las Crucen, currently works for the State of New Mexico in behavioral health advocacy. Amanda has worked to promote various school health issues, including suicide prevention, anti-stigma education, and bullying prevention in schools and in the community. Amanda has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and prior to her current position, provided support and clinical services for youth and families in the private and non-profit sector. Amanda also hosts a weekly local radio talk show and is pursuing a PhD at NMSU.
Amanda’s interest and concern for animals began early in college after reading animal advocate Jane Goodall’s book on the chimpanzees of Gombe as required course work. Jane’s detailed writing of her experience with their emotions, connection to each other, and pain had a profound effect on her. This, combined with owning her first dog during this time, encouraged her to become in-tune with the challenges in our local community.
Amanda’s passion includes promoting responsible pet ownership that includes spaying and/or neutering, chain-free ordinances, and encouraging animals as family members, instead of property. Amanda is excited and inspired about Action Program for Animal’s goals and hopes to be a part of their comprehensive plans; she joined the board in 2014. Amanda is married and she and her husband own 4 dogs, all rescues.
Kelley is a registered nurse employed at Memorial Medical Center, and her dad says she has been a friend to most every animal since she was a child. She introduced dad, who was not too fond of animals, to a little cat when he was at a low point in his life ... and that cat turned out to be a joy! Nico the cat took charge of his dad's small pecan orchard and became his best bud.
Nurse Kelley has hands that heal, according to her patients. And if the animals she has cared for over the years could speak, they would all agree. Kelley joined APA's board in 2014.
Chris & Sandra Mount
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Michel works for the Center for Countermeasures at the WSMR, NM, post as a civilian Department of Defense employee in the field of technical writing/editing. Michel grew up in the border region and attended the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Criminal Justice and a master of fine arts' degree in English/Creative Writing.