APAS has first meeting of year

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The Animal Protective Association of Socorro held its first meeting of the year Jan. 8, when APAS members elected their leadership for the year and discussed updating the organization’s bylaws.

The mission of APAS, according to its website at www.socorroapas.org, is to prevent cruelty to animals, relieve suffering among animals, extend humane education and promote animal control. APAS is a 501(C)3 all-volunteer nonprofit organization. The cost of membership to APAS is $5 per year, or 10 hours of volunteer work, and membership forms are available on the APAS website.

APAS meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month at 5:15 p.m. at the Socorro Chamber of Commerce, but the first Tuesday of this month was New Year’s Day so the group rescheduled. The Animal Control Advisory Board, which usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, rescheduled its meeting for Jan. 10 so interested parties could attend both meetings.

APAS members re-elected Valerie Kimble as president, Gayl Dorr as vice president, Dorothy Brook as treasurer and Rosemarie Murray as secretary. Brook suggested electing someone else as treasurer, and a new APAS member agreed to assist Brook with a view of taking over treasurer responsibilities once she learns all about it. The members present also elected Cecil Abel, Kitty Pokorny and Stephanie Mitchell as APAS directors.

Kimble noted the group discussed its bylaws at the November and December 2012 meetings; members concluded the bylaws need to be updated because they include many things APAS doesn’t do anymore. APAS was started in 1962 when Socorro had no animal control ordinances or facilities.

One person asked what APAS does outside of meetings, and Kimble listed several activities, including a two-day yard sale the group organizes in the spring, another sale in the autumn, the group’s booth at the Socorro County Fair, the annual blessing of the animals in the plaza in October and the group’s visible presence at the Festival of the Cranes.

The fundraising activities support low-cost spay/neuter programs and an emergency fund the group maintains to pay veterinary costs for low-income people whose pets experience a medical emergency.