Veterinary Clinic at Watermelon Mountain Ranch
An injured cat takes a minute to play with hemostats
Watermelon Mountain Ranch rescues local animals from abuse, euthanasia
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, WATERMELON MOUNTAIN RANCH
Watermelon Mountain Ranch (WMR) is a no-kill shelter that has saved
more than eight thousand animal lives to date. The Ranch was conceived
in 1996 by Sophia and Lee DiClemente, after they moved to the Albuquerque
area and became aware of the thousands of animals being euthanized
in New Mexico every year.
WMR fosters educational and enrichment activities which extend
to every member of our community, young and old. Programs include
mobile adoption units, elementary/middle school humane education,
working with special-needs children and adults, outreach to the
elderly and hospitalized individuals, and working with at-risk youth.
WMR erected a veterinary clinic to service the needs of animals
taken in at the ranch, as well as providing services to municipalities
and other rescue organizations. Since the opening of the clinic
last May, WMR has spayed or neutered more than three thousand animals.
In addition, the ranch has successfully treated more than seventy
severely abused dogs and cats in 2007 alone. Animal injuries treated
in Watermelon’s Veterinary Clinic are among some of the most
atrocious witnessed in animal rescue, including burns, broken bones,
stab wounds, gunshot wounds, severe beating, neck injuries from
leash strangulations, and animals thrown from moving vehicles. Watermelon
Mountain Ranch’s mission is to save each and every one of
these animals and find them a loving “forever home.”
No animal is euthanized at Watermelon Mountain Ranch, except in
the most extreme medical situations and to prevent further suffering
of the animal.
Although WMR has a handful of dedicated paid employees, they still
depend primarily on volunteers and the financial contributions of
caring individuals in our community. Work performed by volunteers
includes serving as adoption counselors and animal caregivers at
the ranch, assisting with fundraisers and events, assisting with
office duties, driving, and many other duties.
Without WMR, more than 3,796 dogs and cats would not have found
families in 2006 and may have fallen victim to euthanasia. It is
a small, yet valuable endeavor to personally rescue animals and
attempt to find them homes, but it is a colossal mission to provide
education and support to the community while placing animals in
WMR can be contacted at 771-0140 or www.wmranch.org.
Is your pet iguana legal?
Is your iguana, boa or sugar glider a legal immigrant in New Mexico?
Does your pet have the proper papers to prevent authorities from
taking it away?
New Mexico pet shop owners and others who possess, import or sell
non-domestic animals are encouraged to attend one of a series of
meetings scheduled across the state to remind people about laws
and rules that may apply to them. Current rules specify that any
non-domestic animal must be imported through the Department of Game
and Fish with a proper permit for the animal to be legally possessed
in the state.
Find out more about the rules, why they are important, and how
they may affect you and others by attending one of the following
- Santa Fe: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26, Department of Game and
Fish office, 1 Wildlife Way.
- Albuquerque: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. May 1, Department of Transportation
office, District 3 auditorium, 7500 Pan American Freeway.
For more information about the meetings, please contact Rhonda
or (505) 476-8064.
Counselor starts pet loss support group
Ann Beyke, .M.A. LPC, pet loss and bereavement counselor, will
begin a pet loss support group for individuals grieving the loss
of a beloved companion animal. The group begins May 8, from 4:00
to 5:00 p.m. at the Source for Creating Sacredness, 1111 Carlisle
SE. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.
Losing a pet can be devastating for some people. This pet loss
support group is an emotionally safe environment that’s caring,
compassionate and supportive for individuals to share their loss.
People have the capacity not only to heal from loss, but also possess
the inherent ability to empathize with others experiencing similar
pain. “Empathy is a powerful tool in healing,” says
Beyke. “The group is not designed as personal counseling,
but rather a way to understand one’s own suffering, which
can often be enhanced through the experience of helping another
person. And the verbalization this requires is also a helpful tool.”
According to statistics from the American Pet Products Manufacturers
Association, more that 63 percent of American households own a pet
and 45 percent of those homes have more than one. As evidenced by
the growth of pet services, from hotels to canine bakeries and dog
parks, owners treat their animals as an important part of their
families. It’s not surprising, then, that losing a pet can
Pre-registration is required. For information or to register for
an upcoming meeting, contact Ann Beyke at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call at 505-265-3087 (office) or 505-239-8794 (cell). Sliding
scale fees are available in an effort to ensure that anyone who
wants to attend can, regardless of income or ability to pay.
Prior to opening her pet loss and bereavement counseling practice
in 2006, Beyke worked at the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico.
She has a Master?s degree in counseling and twenty years experience
working with non-profits in Albuquerque. She is currently Community
Relations Manager with the Alliance for Albuquerque Animals and
serves on the board of the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement.