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Mission Statement

The Mission Statement for the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico (AWC) is guided by the humane ethic and in recognition of the bond between humans and animals. We exist to promote humane principles, compassionate care and prevention of cruelty to animals. The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico (AWC) serves the community, both animals and people,

TO provide passionate advocacy and activism in the name of companion animals.

TO provide caring and humane temporary shelter to unwanted companion animals.

TO find permanent, proper new homes for our shelter animals.

TO support a healthy pet community and responsible animal care through community education and being role models.

TO provide assistance and information to others who want to raise the quality of life for animals.

TO provide opportunities for low-cost spaying and neutering to aid in the control of overpopulation.


The Animal Welfare Coalition (AWC) was created in 2008 by local citizens compelled to address the cruelty and neglect of cats and dogs in and around Las Vegas, New Mexico. We are volunteers who gained our community’s trust by helping folks with pet food, providing low-cost spay and neuter services, and rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding forever homes for the sick, the injured, and the forgotten. Since 2008, the AWC has worked to educate, provide resources, bring together animal lovers, and rescue numerous animals. We answer calls and foster animals in need, care for and maintain feral cat colonies, talk to people in their own yards, and bring in grant funds to help with all of these.
In September 2013, we answered the city’s call to run the city shelter at 1680 Grand Ave. At the least, the shelter allows us to do our work on a much larger scale. In the last year, we have multiplied the massive work we were doing outside the shelter by an unmeasurable percentage. In one week we can transport 72 adult dogs and puppies out and away from the high probability of misery in northeastern NM. This place is a haven for abuse, pain, and suffering because of a complacent, apathetic government too wasted to enforce laws that inform and control people with animals. Amidst this we all stand together and try to fill in and succeed where they fail. Managing and saving more animals vis-a-vis the shelter is just the most obvious thing we do.



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