by Barbara Bayer
Nearly 20 years ago, three Corrales women met to discuss the Village of Corrales policy for sending stray dogs and cats to Albuquerque to be euthanized. From that meeting, the Companion Animal Rescue & Medical Assistance, Inc. (CARMA) was formed to stop the needless killing of our Village animals.
CARMA’s beginning was nearly 4,600 animals ago, taken in, provided with needed medical care, spayed and neutered, and placed for adoption. It has been a hard road as we have worked to find better ways to help the Village animals and their owners. For this reason, it is very gratifying to now embark on a new phase of community outreach by creating the 4 Paws Pet Food Bank.
Through the generous donations of a major pet food supplier, CARMA can now make pet food available to those who are have difficulty providing food for their animals. This joint project by CARMA, Corrales Kennels, and Corrales Animals Services is designed to support those in need, wherever they live. Working with both individuals and animal services organizations, we hope to improve the health and well-being of community animals and to enable pet owners who wish to keep their animals rather than surrender them because they cannot afford their care. The 4 Paws Pet Food Bank is housed at the Corrales Kennels, 490 E. Valverde, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-5 pm and other times by appointment.
CARMA is an all-volunteer, non-profit animal rescue group dedicated to the animals of Corrales. If you are interested in helping, we need fosters and adopters for dogs and cats, monetary donations to help with medical expenses, cleaning supplies and litter donations, and volunteers to help clean cat buildings. For information about the 4 Paws Pet Food Bank, please call 977-4151; for information about CARMA, call 321-6275.
Barbara Bayer has lived in Corrales for 22 years. Her love of animals has been a lifelong commitment. Her professional background includes a PhD from Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy in the Field of Aging, and a Masters in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. Among her numerous professional positions, Dr. Bayer has worked as a congressional Staff Director for a Subcommittee on Aging, in County government at the San Diego Area Agency on Aging, and at the local level as a Deputy Director for Aging Services for the City of Rio Rancho. Dr. Bayer retired 4 years ago to devote her time to CARMA.