Animal Conservation

ASPCA mobilizes to provide essential support for animals affected by devastating wildfires

Animal welfare organizations across New Mexico asked for help from the ASPCA to evacuate homeless animals and provide additional support in affected communities

SANTA FE, New Mexico, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At the urgent request of the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico (AWC), ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), together with Helping Paws Across Borders (HPAB), mobilized to provide essential support to animals affected by the recent wildfires which are dangerously spreading through New Mexico. The ASPCA is assisting the AWC with ongoing accommodation needs in temporary shelter at Santa Feincluding daily care and supply donations for homeless animals, as well as supporting Bernalillo County Animal Services by providing additional pet food and shelter supplies.

Additionally, the ASPCA is facilitating the transport of more than 20 homeless cats from Española Humane to animal welfare organizations in Colorado including Longmont Humane Society, Foothills Animal Shelter and Larimer Humane Society. Ownerless cats were all in New Mexico animal shelters before the wildfires and will be made available for adoption. The ASPCA continues to communicate with emergency management agencies and animal welfare organizations through New Mexico and stands ready to assist with additional field operations and transportation upon request.

“The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New MexicoHelping Paws Across Borders and many other local agencies have worked tirelessly to provide shelter and care for animals displaced by these devastating fires, and the ASPCA Disaster Response Team is proud to partner with these agencies to ensure the continued safety and welfare of animals in affected communities,” mentioned Tim RickyVice President, ASPCA National Field Response. “As historic winds cause these wildfires to continue to spread, we urge pet owners to create disaster preparedness plans and include pets in all potential evacuations.”

This life-saving work is made possible through support from the Rachael Ray Nutrish® Emergency Fund and the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Charitable Trust. In addition, FedEx has helped by providing free transportation of pet food donated by Hill’s Pet Nutrition to the emergency shelter in Santa Fe.

Last year, the ASPCA announced the results of a nationally representative survey indicating that 21% of pet owners in the United States reported experiencing wildfires in their communities. Pet owners in the western region of the country, including New Mexico, were the most affected, with almost 60% saying they live in an area affected by forest fires. May is National Wildfire Preparedness Month, and the ASPCA recognizes a vital need to support residents in areas affected by wildfires and other disasters and encourages all pet owners to always include their pets in disaster preparedness plans, especially those involving possible evacuation.

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About ASPA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization in North America and continues to be the nation’s leading voice for animals. With more than two million supporters, the ASPCA is committed to its mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals through United States. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

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