If you read my last few blog posts, you know I'm in the business of giving whenever I can.
You also know I met up with the girls from Katie Clark Photography last week at the
Imaging USA photography conference in San Antonio. Well, they followed me back to New Mexico
for a much needed vacation, and we "tag teamed" photographing the adoptable dogs and puppies at
Animal Village NM, (Hwy 70) here in Alamogordo.
The above photo is Lexie, a puppy from the litter described below, and just look at her now! I'll let Sunny from Animal Village tell the story:
Maggie came to AVNM as one of our ‘Popsicle Stick Mommies.” Her hip bones stuck out more than an inch from her body, and she was trying to nurse 13 of her surviving 14 babies, born at Animal Control 3 days earlier in Artesia. As they were going to put this beautiful mommy and her babies to death (few facilities will commit the space needed for months, for a litter to be raised and weaned), we agreed to take them and found a foster home. However, because she did not have the good health to pass on to them when she gave birth, these puppies had many issues, such as ringworm, upper respiratory infections, and ultimately, some succumbed to distemper and parvo. Most were able to overcome all issues, and are now in loving homes, for which the staff (and families of these beautiful puppies) is very grateful. The cost financially, for veterinary care and medications, homeopathics, I.V. drips to keep them hydrated, and multiple medications necessary to save their lives was more than $6,000. We paid for the mother to be spayed, and she is now in a loving home also. Our adoption fees did not cover even our kennel salaries for their care.
We love the animals in our care, and we do not give up on them. At Animal Village NM, euthanasia is something to be considered only when an animal is suffering- without a chance of recovery. But we pay for all this out of our pockets, and we absolutely need the financial support of the public to continue in this work, which is the business of saving lives.
Katie Clark grabbed this great shot of another adoptable puppy available at Animal Village NM.
Please stop by, make a donation, and meet the incredible staff who works so hard to save so many
lives. Cats and kittens are available too, and they all love visitors!
Boarding facilities also available for animal "parents" who are traveling, and they also offer a
pet food bank for anyone in need. They can be reached at (575) 937-2509.
Please, if you have an extra dollar or two, consider this most worthy cause. Donations can be
made from the website Animal Village NM and be sure and "Like" them on Facebook to
keep up to date with all the events at the Village!