Letters to the Editor


Helping animals countywide
I would like to say something about the Animal Protective Association of Socorro for the benefit of people new to the community or who are not acquainted with our work.

The objectives of APAS are the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, the extension of humane education and the promotion of animal control.
We encourage adoptions from the Socorro Animal Shelter by supplying gift coupons to help pay for shots, tests or to supplement the sterilization cost. We give KIND NEWS to classroom teachers who wish to use it. This paper published by the Humane Society of the United States emphasizes humane values such as responsible pet care and respect for wildlife and habitats. Our greatest goal has been the reduction of unwanted companion animals born in Socorro County. We believe this can best be done through a strong spay/neuter program.
Each year we subsidize approximately 20 surgeries of dogs and cats. The assistance goes to low income families who wish to but can’t afford to fix their animals. Imagine that half of these animals are female. At the age of six months each one could produce at least four offspring for a total of five hundred. Our program prevents the birth of these unwanted animals.
If you visit the Socorro Animal Shelter it will be obvious to you that we have a long way to go to achieve success. The shelter has been inundated this season with litters of cats and dogs. Some litters being as many as 12.
The spay/neuter program is supported by funds from the city and county, but primarily by the generous donations of local citizens and our fundraising events. We have one donor who restricts the donation to the use of low income senior pet owners. Since we are supported locally the funds are limited to families of Socorro, city and county.
Our organization meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce on the Plaza. Everyone is welcome. Come visit and perhaps you will decide to take a more active role in our efforts.
Dorothy Brook

Did you know?
Did you know that your local Disabled American Veterans “Joe C. Montoya” Chapter No. 24 was founded in 1970? This organization has provide many services to the community.
In the past year we have:
• Sponsored and supplied free hotdogs and sodas for the kids fishing derby
• Placed approximately 700 flags on Veterans’ gravesites on Memorial and Veterans’ Days throughout the county of Socorro
• Held a free barbecue for the community on Memorial and Veterans’ Days
• Sponsored and fed the community for the 515th Battalion coming home celebration
• Provided meals for the homeless and less fortunate in conjunction with Puerto Seguro for Thanksgiving and Christmas
• Performed a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony in Veterans Park on Veterans’ Day
• Provided Honor Guard Services for funerals
• Purchased a handicap accessible van and provided free transportation to the Veterans’ Hospital
• Gave over $10,000 in aide and assistance to veterans, both local and for those passing through our town
• Gave $2,000 during the holidays to Puerto Seguro, Socorro Storehouse, State Police “Shop with a Cop,” Sheriff’s Toys for Tots, city police Toys for Tots, CYFD Christmas tree fund, Toby’s food drive and CAP wreath’s fund
This was all provided by your local DAV Chapter No. 24.
On behalf of myself and all our members I would like to thank the city and county of Socorro, all businesses and each individual who volunteered time and made monetary donations throughout the year to help make all of this possible.
Our heartfelt thanks to everyone and may the coming year be just as good, if not better.
Paul Drake
Commander, DAV No. 24