UPDATE - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS!
We are writing to share some very special news with you. We are also writing to ask for your urgent help.
We have focused our LifeRaft Lodge location efforts on 2 centrally located properties in NM, each with a minimum of 50 acres. As the large scale foster, medical and behavioral rehabilitation center will welcome animals into the program from across NM, we feel either of these locations would be ideal. We are thrilled to let you know that each location is far beyond what we had hoped to find. We anticipated a phased-in project beginning with a simple land purchase followed by construction and then full operation. We understood this would take more time than we would like, but needed to be realistic about staying within budgeted costs. Well...both of these locations not only have the land but each also has at least 6 buildings/structures ready to use AND both properties come in UNDER original budget estimations.
Someone/something is clearly looking out for us and leading us down the quickest path to opening our life-saving campus for our at-risk homeless pets in NM. Our only obstacle now is getting the down payment. We need to raise $20,000 within the next 3 weeks (by March 20th) to make this offer move forward. Once the deal is complete, sales contract is executed and permits are successfully acquired, we will be able to release the location information. If we don't succeed in raising the funds, the properties will likely go to someone else. The prices are just too low and both sellers are too motivated for the properties to be available for very long.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need everyone to begin reaching out to family, friends and business associates to share this website page. For those not wanting to support online, checks can be made payable to: New Mexico Pets Alive and mailed to - NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125.
In addition to donations, we also need help organizing immediate fundraisers, from house-parties to big events. We need people who are able to take charge of a fundraising idea, recruit the help they need and see it through successfully. We will coordinate with you and give you the permissions you need to move it forward. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas on what you'd like to make happen and we'll get started!
It's been difficult to contain the excitement but we are doing our best to stay focused on the task at hand of raising the needed funds quickly in order to make this perfect scenario a reality for The LifeRaft Lodge project. Thank you all for your help in this Team effort!!
With MOUNTAINS of gratitude on behalf of the furry ones waiting for our help,
Melissa Roberts, Executive Director
It's Time to MAXIMIZE Life-Saving Efforts for New Mexico's At-Risk Shelter Pets!
New Mexico Pets Alive! (NMPA) is a not-for profit corporation in the State
of New Mexico with a pending 501-c-3 IRS tax-exempt designation. We founded our organization in May of 2011 as a
community service organization to begin filling some of our states' companion animal welfare programming gaps by offering informational assistance to our
communities to help decrease shelter intake and increase the save rates
of our states' homeless pets. We then established New Mexico’s first No Kill Conference: The
Western States No Kill Conference.
Beyond our initial informational and conference services, we began laying the groundwork to begin developing companion animal life-saving programming to help meet some of the most pressing unmet homeless pet challenges here in New Mexico. There exists market-savvy, creative, and highly successful solutions that we feel are very attainable here in New Mexico, as evidenced by the past 12 months of research, consultation and hands-on training opportunities we've had with some of the most successful shelter veterinarians, rescue groups and open-admission shelters across the United States. These communities are now saving 90% - 97% of their shelters' intake but it takes very hard work. They are, first and foremost, dedicated to maximum life-saving and everyday, they must go way above and beyond the normal call of duty to help save their communities at-risk homeless pets. As stated by all communities who have achieved this level of success, these high save rates are not otherwise attainable.
We have many dedicated people working very hard every day in our state of New Mexico on behalf of our at-risk shelter pets. What we are lacking is the comprehensive efforts and programming which is needed to duplicate the success of the No Kill Communities (see the 'No-Kill Achieved' column on the right-hand side of the page) of our neighboring states. We are ready to begin duplicating the most successful companion animal life-saving programs in America for the benefit of our at-risk shelter pets here in New Mexico and beyond. With your help, there is great hope for our at-risk homeless pets to receive the second chance they truly deserve. Thank-you in advance for joining our efforts.
One of the biggest challenges in companion animal life saving in New Mexico and across America, is a current lack of foster homes and rehabilitation programs for neglected and homeless pets. Many of them cannot survive or make it out of a shelter alive without such programming being implemented on a large scale. Unfortunately, a large number of both dogs and cats are inaccurately labeled 'too shy', 'too aggressive' or 'not adoptable' and are never given the resources they need to have a real second chance in life. Many truly do have special medical and behavioral needs that require dedicated time, energy and programming that most shelters do not offer. Quite a few others are unfortunately discriminated against because of breed, old age and even color. (Once fully realized, our programming is anticipated to be one of the largest rescue efforts for New Mexico's at-risk community cats and large breed and pit-bull type dogs. These 3 groups make up the largest groups of animals not currently making out of our NM shelters' alive.) With the help of caring staff, volunteers, leading animal foster care and medical and behavioral experts from around the country, New Mexico Pets ALIVE! is creating a unique program to meet this life-saving need for companion animals here in New Mexico and beyond called The LifeRaft Lodge - A Furry Friends Foster Care and Rehabilitation Center.
The LifeRaft Lodge will be a 'liferaft' for homeless pets who have no other options and have been passed over by other organizations and rescue groups. These animals are those which typically need some type of rehabilitation assistance. The facility will also be a 'Lodge', with a residential component, where resident volunteers live to assist in the on-site foster care
of many of the animals in preparation for helping them to learn how to
live in a home and allow them the next level of services to best ready
them for adoption. Off-site foster care opportunities will also be
utilized where available and appropriate. It has been suggested that we
consider the possibly of this Lodge component also simultaneously
serving to meet temporary housing needs of some NM families in need -
veterans, military families and others who may have been adversely
affected by the current economy. This is something we are very
interested in exploring further.
The LifeRaft Lodge is the first program of its kind in New Mexico with only a few similar programs in existence across the United States. Our efforts will not duplicate the life saving and rescue efforts of other groups since we are dedicated to saving only those at risk for euthanasia passed over by other groups and programs while assisting those groups on the ground working to help neglected companion animals across New Mexico and beyond through adoption, networking and transport assistance. This Center will work to meet the needs of companion animals accepted into our program from throughout the state of New Mexico and will also accept some special needs companion animals from other states. We expect the LifeRaft Lodge to serve both people and pets in various capacities, hence the multi-service program description.
On the National Level we want our work to help America become a No Kill Nation! Our long term objective is to share the programmatic know-how and successes of The LifeRaft Lodge with others so that they may create similar programs in their own communities, thereby growing a supportive life-saving network across America, helping to deliver 21st century solutions to our country's neglected and homeless pet challenges - helping to creating a No Kill Nation. We have already received requests, from within New Mexico and from out-of-state, for assistance with creating LifeRaft Lodge programming in other locations. Once this first effort is successfully up and running, we do intend to PAY IT FORWARD by helping other communities duplicate the LifeRaft Lodge project.
We expect The LifeRaft Lodge to offer one of the few animal rehabilitation
training centers in the United States offering both professional and basic
educational programming, serving veterinarians, students, shelter
directors/program managers, animal behaviorists, trainers, rescue groups
and volunteers from across the US. We are also developing the delivery
of online webinar programming which will be accessible by anyone with an
On the State Level,
once fully operational, we expect the LifeRaft Lodge to accept anywhere from 200 - 400 animals
into our program at a time (dogs, cats, horses - although other
domestic, companion animals may be included from time to time). We
expect this to translate into saving the lives of a minimum of five thousand companion animals each year who
would have not survived otherwise. Our goal is to exponentially grow our life-saving capacity every year thereafter. It is expected to alleviate some of
the pressure on NM shelter and animal control systems who have animals
that they are not currently delivering programming for. The same
national educational/training programming aforementioned will also have a
positive impact on those attending from within our state.
On the Local Level, we expect the LifeRaft Lodge to deliver the highest level of animal care and also address the immediate needs of the community in which it is located. The local operation will allow for additional youth, adult and senior programming including both therapy and companion animal guardian education.
Current properties under review for the LifeRaft Lodge range from 20 acres to over 100 acres. The life-saving campus will be a progressive, wholistic rehabilitation and adoption preparatory care center
for those companion animals in our program. Our center is their last
hope and it will be our job to make their journey to their new forever
home a success. This center will replicate normal pet/people/pet living
conditions (both indoors and outdoors) and group environments for all
group-ready animals in our care. The LifeRaft Lodge is being developed
in consultation with the most progressive and successful foster care,
rehabilitation and life saving experts in America. Once an animal is
ready for adoption, they will be made available for adoption via various
outlets, including some of the most inviting, people/pet friendly,
progressive adoption centers in New Mexico. Two of these adoption center programs will be located within the facility sites of Albuquerque Pets Alive! and Santa Fe Alive! (also currently in development). These facilities will be designed similarly to the LifeRaft Lodge but on a smaller scale, depending on selected site locations. The programming focus of these centers will be on adoptions and pet guardian education and services.
The new adoption centers are being developed in conjunction with The LifeRaft Lodge and will be primarily cage-less facilities delivering the highest level of animal care in the context of a very pro-active marketing approach. Animal 'condos' will take the place of cages. Most animals will spend their days (7 days per week, open to the public) in more of an animal day-care type of setting socializing with visitors, potential adopters and other animals. The centers will strive to deliver the highest level of customer service and form long term relationships with all members of the community. They will also serve as a place for the local community to come to when they have questions about their animals and needs to address. We are community service organization and that will be apparent in all facets of our operations. For those animals needing sanctuary, they will have it at The LifeRaft Lodge with full enrichment programs and medical care for the rest of their lives.
With adequate life-saving programming in place (including special
medical and behavioral programs to best make-ready for adoption those animals
which are not currently adoptable), 97%-98% of our shelters' animals can be
saved. With communities across America already achieving these high save rates, this places our
life-saving goals for New Mexico's lost and homeless pets also at 97% - 98% in
order to reach the maximum life-saving potential as individual communities and eventually state-wide. By comprehensively
implementing the proven programming model of other No Kill communities, we can achieve the same level of success.
The first two Adoption/Education Centers are Albuquerque Pets Alive! and Santa Fe Pets Alive! We do have requests to partner with other groups in other NM cities/counties and we expect to be able help them not long after these first two locations reach financial and operational sustainability.
Each location will duplicate the two most successful rescue and sheltering programs in America: Austin Pets Alive! and the Nevada Humane Society, delivering comprehensive, No Kill life-saving programming within a long term leased location. Each is being
developed by New Mexico Pets Alive! and will operate with NMPA support and
guidance until at which time each becomes its own thriving, sustainable companion animal,
life-saving entity for at-risk shelter pets. So as not to
duplicate the efforts of other groups, each will focus only on
helping at-risk shelter pets who have been passed
over by others and who have no other options for a second chance to receive the care they need and then find a
loving forever home.
On-site and off-site programming and related partnerships for each location will include:
(Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) type programming – community
assistance programs to help people in need to stay together with their pets during
difficult times or to help re-home pets when necessary to avoid adding to
the shelter intake numbers and stress on the animal.
Volume/Low Cost Voluntary Spay and Neuter programs – It has been proven across
the US that mandatory S/N programs, enforced punitively, increases owner
surrenders thereby increasing shelter intake.
By contrast, a community spending those enforcement dollars instead on
HQ/HV/LC/VSN programs sees a larger number of animals actually being
Strong TNR programming – Communities engaging
in Trap-Neuter-Release programs for feral/community cats across the United States
have seen a dramatic reduction in their shelter’s intake of cats.
Sound Shelter Medicine
Protocols for Intake and Duration Care – This ensures
that a partnering rescue group or potential adopter will be prevented from
taking on liability for animals that have not been well cared for. In the No Kill movement, healthy animals are
considered the low hanging fruit – the ones easiest to adopt out or transfer to
safe rescue. When a program does
everything in its power to deliver good medical care to make an animal healthy
or maintain the health of an animal, it is by default increasing the adoptability of
that animal by decreasing its future
Special Needs Medical – Austin was losing most of their communities
shelter’s Parvo cases so Austin Pets Alive! created a Parvo Medical Ward and
they are now saving 85% of their Parvo Cases.
Likewise, many traditional shelters will kill any animals that
treatable illnesses or conditions such as URI
(upper respiratory infection), Ringworm, and sometimes even Kennel
Cough. In Austin, Austin Pets Alive! helped to set up specific
programs including a Ringworm Ward, a FeLV Ward, and other specialized
programming to help meet the companion animal life-saving programming
gaps in their
community. These are the specialty programs we will be delivering
primarily via The LifeRaft Lodge location although partnering protocols
will be in place at each adoption center.
Behavior Programs – Animals who do not adjust well to a shelter environment are sometimes mistakenly labeled ‘too shy’ or ‘aggressive’ and without adequate programming in place, these animals will not make it out of the shelter alive. Communities with strong, knowledgeable volunteer (or other) run on-site shelter programs for mental and physical enrichment and behavior rehabilitation (when necessary) have the highest save rates for the animals in their care. When these programs are provided within our shelters, The LifeRaft Lodge will help to deliver that programming to the animals in our care. Related programs will also be delivered via each adoption center location.
Foster Care Programs – volunteer foster families are a low cost way to
increase life-saving capacity while simultaneously reducing its
shelter care costs.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs – animals should have the shortest (LOS) Length of Stay in a sheltering or boarding environment as possible. An animal’s health can deteriorate in an environment that does not have adequate physical and mental enrichment programming in place. Each adoption center location will strive to deliver this level of programming for those at-risk shelter pets not currently receiving it.
– most of the aforementioned programs in successful No Kill communities are run
by volunteers. Volunteers will make or
break a community’s No Kill success rate.
The more volunteers we have, the more successful in companion
animal life-saving we will become. You may get involved with Albuquerque Pets Alive! or Santa Fe Pets Alive! on one of our Starting Teams by completing the online volunteer application at: http://www.newmexicopetsalive.org/get-involved.php We look forward to working with you!!
What We Need & What You Get
The order of locations to be completed is the Albuquerque Pets Alive! facility, followed by the LifeRaft Lodge, followed by the Santa Fe Pets Alive! facility. The campaign breakdown follows in its funding application:
total Have a Heart for Homeless Pets campaign goal is $2 million, divided into four $500K
mini-campaigns, with each online crowd-fundraising component totaling
$100K. The majority of funds raised is expected to be raised by more traditional
fundraising methods (Unless of course, we ROCK THIS IndieGoGo campaign beyond expectation - we can with your help!!).
- The 1st $10K raised allows us to secure a location, etc. for
Albuquerque Pets Alive! The next $90K raised allows us to complete the ABQ Pets Alive
- The next $300K allows us to purchase the land for the LifeRaft Lodge. (A donation of land would help us TREMENDOUSLY! If you know of anyone who may wish to donate land, we have the assistance of a partnering 501-c-3 organization to help make the donation tax-deductible while we await our own 501-c-3 designation. You may contact us at 505-281-2002 or send an email to: email@example.com - THANK-YOU!!) The next $1.5 million allows us to come very close to completion of the LifeRaft Lodge.
- The final $100K raised allows us to secure a location, and complete the Santa Fe Pets Alive! start up costs for this 3rd facility while finalizing completion of the LifeRaft Lodge.
Thanks to the generous advanced in-kind pledges we've received thus far of construction materials, labor and services, etc. we anticipate being able to complete the estimated $7/$8 million project total for under $3 million.
Other Ways You Can Help
Unleashing the DIWO! -- We are taking the advice of IndieGoGo and asking for your help with this 'Do It With Others' campaign by asking everyone reading this to help us to get the word out about this exciting and unique campaign for New Mexico and beyond! This campaign comes with more 'share' tools at the top of this page than we've ever seen - please use them often to help in whatever way you can - On behalf of the furry ones, we THANK-YOU!!
WISH LIST!! We couldn't get very far without the generosity of those who are pledging their skills, materials, services, etc. to help us bring this effort to fruition. Our current wish list for in-kind pledges of needed construction materials, services, etc. can be found by visiting: http://www.liferaftlodge.org/wish-list.php
We are extremely grateful for the early support and encouragement we have received locally, regionally and nationally over the past 8 months of our efforts and we're ready to take these next important steps with you all. Our heartfelt thanks in advance for taking this life-saving journey with us. Together, we will maximize the life-saving rates of our at-risk shelter pets in New Mexico and beyond. We ask that you give as generously you can and ask a friend to do the same. The faster we achieve our needed support levels, the faster our programming can begin. If you are unable to give a financial gift but you are able to give some of your time, we would be grateful for your help. You may get involved with Albuquerque Pets Alive! or Santa Fe Pets Alive! on one of our Starting Teams by completing the online Volunteer Application at: http://www.newmexicopetsalive.org/get-involved.php
For those who have asked if they can mail in a check – yes, you may! Please make it payable to: New Mexico Pets Alive and please mail to: NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125. (Please note: IndieGoGo in the check memo.) THANK-YOU!!
Other Support Options and Sponsorships are available - please give us a call at 505-281-2002 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org THANK-YOU!
Team on This Campaign:
New Mexico Pets Alive!
Architectural Designer - New Mexico Pets Alive! Co-Founder - Heart of Gold
Pit Bull Defender and Animal Advocate
New Mexico Pets Alive! Co-Founder and Executive Director - Plow Pusher of Possibilities
Certified Canine Massage Therapist