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Fundraiser For Taos Animal Shelter In April

The Taos Mesa Animal Sanctuary (TMAS) has been a leading advocate for animal welfare since 2022. A fundraising event,” A Night of Compassion and Hope,” will be held on Tuesday, April 16, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in partnership with Chef Cristina Martinez of El Monte Sagrado. The event, billed as an appetizers and enchilada dinner, includes live music presented by Angela Pope, Arianna Solare, and Laguna Monta, and will raise money for at-risk animals now being housed at the Taos Mesa Animal Sanctuary and across Taos County.

“Our goal remains to provide safety and long-term rehabilitation for the underserved, homeless, and neglected animal population. We work with other shelters and rescuers with a primary focus on the rehabilitation of fearful, at-risk animals,” said officials for TMAS. “The Taos Mesa Animal Sanctuary also receives animals in emergent situations, such as the many who have been abused, abandoned, and/or with special needs. When possible, our goal is to re-house; however, some animals face overwhelming obstacles prior to finding a home. For some, TMAS is a crucial halfway house; for others, it will be their lifelong home.”

In response to the escalating homeless animal crisis, TMAS has expanded operations and joined forces with the group, Run Around Dog Town in Costilla, now renamed Taos Mesa Animal Sanctuary Costilla. This brings a larger team and an expanded capacity for animal intake.

It is important to note: TMAS is one of the few non-profits in Taos County (and sometimes the only option) with an open facility, actively admitting cats and dogs under emergency circumstances, along with their ability to provide long-term care for not-so-easily-adopted animals. In fact, TMAS is the only non-profit organization currently taking in animals directly from Taos County.

The agency is hopeful that the community will support their fundraiser to ensure TMAS will be able to continue taking in these at-risk animals, expand their behavioral program, host community support efforts such as free spay/neuter/vaccination clinics, and build thriving volunteer foster, transfer, and adoption programs—all of which helps more animals during this crisis.

“Please come join us for an evening of delicious food, great music, and amazing people at El Monte Sagrado. Meet the team, our board members and some of the most generous people and kind neighbors from Taos and the surrounding areas,” say officials from TMAS. Tickets can be purchased at www.taosmesaanimalsanctuary.org.