FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 6, 2020
SANTA FE, N.M. — Jessica Johnson, chief legislative officer for Animal Protection Voters, issued the following statement today regarding New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signing of Senate Bill 57:
“Dog and cat overpopulation is a serious statewide problem with heartbreaking and expensive consequences, and it is costing New Mexico families—hitting low-income and rural New Mexicans the hardest.
“Senate Bill 57 is a groundbreaking step forward, giving our state the best tools yet to aggressively curb pet overpopulation—including improving public health and safety, and dramatically reducing shelter animal euthanasia—by helping struggling rural and low-income New Mexico families afford and access vital spay/neuter services for their animals. What’s more, by sustainably funding low-cost spay/neuter services, New Mexico will also begin to decrease the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars that our county and city governments are forced to spend annually dealing with pet overpopulation.
“We enthusiastically applaud Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for signing into law this life-saving, cost-saving solution to a critical issue that is not just about animal welfare, but about the wellbeing of entire communities.”
ABOUT ANIMAL PROTECTION VOTERS:
Founded in 2002, Animal Protection Voters is the leading non-profit legislative and political advocacy organization for animal protection in New Mexico. Powered by grassroots supporters, its mission is to:
- Actively promote and support animal-friendly legislation at the state, federal, and local levels;
- Build an effective political voice for animal advocacy in New Mexico; and
- Hold New Mexico’s elected officials accountable on animal issues.
For more information about Animal Protection Voters’ accomplishments, current priority issues, and annual scorecards, please visit www.apvnm.org, and be sure to follow Animal Protection Voters on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.