‘Beaumont (a.k.a. Beau) flourishing under
CARMA’s excellent care.’
This month’s featured grant recipient is Companion Animal Rescue & Medical
Assistance Inc. (CARMA), a non-profit organization doing its utmost to alter the
destiny of dogs and cats abandoned in New Mexico.
Just over a decade ago, many of the unwanted animals in the rural Albuquerque
suburb of Village of Corrales faced almost certain euthanasia. Fortunately, this
group of supremely dedicated volunteers came together in 1999, determined to
make a big difference in the way abandoned animals are treated. Their efforts
have been rewarded, effecting a much broader change, saving innumerable lives
What began as a cat-only rescue, run out of a converted garage, has now
become a fully fledged rescue enterprise. CARMA’s President, Barbara Bayer, runs
the day-to-day operations of the no-kill rescue, aided by a large team of
volunteers. Rejecting the use of euthanasia, they’ve made significant in-roads
towards the successful re-homing of animals in need. During their many years of
operation, they’ve taken in more than 4,300 dogs and cats.
‘A three-year-old Shepherd mix, Shelly is remarkably sweet
enjoys frolicking in water.’
In 2011, after mounting a decade-long educational offensive, the local
council passed legislation officially making Corrales the first no-kill
community in the state. Thanks to CARMA’s many years of service and advocacy,
the no-kill philosophy had already been informally adopted.
In addition to their no-kill initiatives, CARMA played a major role in the
adoption of a community-wide ban on dog chaining. Plus, the organization
sponsors a weekly adoption clinic, successfully adopting out approximately 250
animals annually. On top of their local efforts, CARMA works cooperatively with
other private rescue groups in and out of New Mexico.
In all of their years of providing much-needed shelter, not one animal has
ever been turned away. Creating a ‘sure thing’ in the rescue biz is in itself a
In light of their ongoing and diligent efforts, we believe that CARMA embodies
the principle that guides them … ‘there is a home for every animal’.
‘A stowaway from a Target delivery truck,
Gigi eagerly awaits
To accommodate a growing population of abandoned cats, CARMA has embraced an
innovative model for shelter care. Favored by a growing contingency of care
providers, catteries offer home-like environments for rescued cats in stark
contrast to long-term caging and crating. Volunteers have seen first-hand the
benefits of cage-free living, as cats integrate with their new adoptive families
faster and with fewer behavioral issues.
‘Gabe, one of 19 cats recently rescued, in his new home
from our non-profit.’
Earlier this year, CARMA took a lead role in the case of a hoarder who
suffered with dementia. The resident surrendered a staggering number of animals
… 19 cats, five dogs and an alpaca. The animals had endured, despite ‘horrific
conditions’. A major commitment, CARMA took in all of the animals.
To harbor all of the new intakes, CARMA immediately began construction of a
third building. Our grant helped to complete work on the structure, giving it
the tiled flooring as specified. The interior work wrapped up just two weeks ago, and now it’s full of felines who owe their change of fortunes to CARMA.
According to Bayer, ‘Our appreciation of the foundation's choice to provide
funds to CARMA is immense. We can now watch these cats become accustomed to a
safe, warm and nurturing environment as they prepare to live in loving permanent
We thank you for helping us make this tangible improvement in the lives of
these lucky cats. Your personal donations and continued business make this and
every grant possible, aiding rescue groups across our great nation.
This holiday season, we welcome any additional contributions, to help to
ensure that deserving groups like CARMA continue to receive financial backing.
Simply call us toll-free at 877-387-4564 … we will be thrilled to receive your
Check back next month for another dose of uplifting news from our foundation!