Because so many people in our area are struggling with job loss during COVID-19, providing veterinary care for pets and other animals can be a huge hardship. Sadly, this has meant an increase of suffering, neglected, and abandoned animals in the Embudo Valley. A dog seriously injured by a horse kick, a beloved dog needs leukemia treatment, an abandoned dog is heartworm possitive and possibly pregnant, animals missed spay/neuter appointments due to closures so we have more kittens and puppies that need surgeries to prevent more kittens and puppies! Numerous dogs hit or run over by accident often require surgery or amputations, even a tiny partially paralyzed squirrel needed care — all of these recent emergencies meant expensive veterinary care. Without funding these animals suffer and die needlessly.
Yet all of these animals and more were treated, thanks to DAPS (Dixon Area Animal Protection Society) and donations from our community of compassionate friends. DAPS has helped fund veterinary care for neglected and abandoned animals in northern New Mexico since 1981.
DAPS volunteers Judy Pearson and Jeannie Verspoor-Cornelius devote countless volunteer hours to animals in need. Their work includes determining veterinarian needs, picking up abandoned animals, transporting sick rescues, helping with horrific neglect situations, handling business operations, and much more.
The need for donations now for The Emergency Vet Care Fund is desperate. So many people no longer have the means to care for their animals. People call in absolute despair or panic, often crying so hard we don't know what they are trying to say. This pandemic has people at the end of their rope. We can give them that little bit of slack to get through a crisis. That's why we do what we do. And as much as we can do.
At this time, DAPS is issuing an urgent appeal for donations in any amount. Please give to honor an animal that you have loved, or simply because you care.