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Peanut's Love Story, Our New Board of Directors, Spirit's Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser, and more!


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MOUNTAIN SPIRIT, formerly feral rez dog, is now a beloved service partner to Sunny Aris, our Executive Director/Co-Founder. And weeks away to being fully certified! He is the ULTIMATE rescue dog...Please Donate in Spirit's name to support and grow our 3 programs: low-cost spay-neuter, pet food bank, and rescue transport. 

Become a MONTHLY SPONSOR in any amount- it all helps!



3 Programs Revamped at Annual Meeting.


On March 11, 2024, we held our annual Board of Directors meeting (Ruidoso Library), during which we approved revised by-laws, and defined duties necessary to operate each of our low-cost spay-neuter, pet food bank, and rescue transport programs. Ron Hannan, treasurer, diagrammed all elements, and duties were assigned to board members, who are all local, hands on, and passionate about improving the quality of life for companion animals in New Mexico, and primarily, in Lincoln and Otero counties. It's wonderful having an all local, hands on Board of Directors, and we're looking for new committee members to help grow our impact and service areas! Contact us at, to offer fundraising, grant writing, shoe drive collection and bagging, registration help at events, event planning,

and more. If YOU have a talent, we can use your help for animals in need! Email us at to find out how you can help!


President Lisa Yehle, Otero County, NM (Left) After adopting ‘Pippi Longstockings’ from AnimalVillageNM, Lisa promised that when she retired, she’d volunteer for us- and boy, did she! Lisa took on our low-income spay-neuter registrations, and met pet owners at the White Sands Mall 3 days a week. Today, she is also the dedicated co-founder of 100% Otero, a non-profit determined to eliminate childhood trauma by helping families help children. Lisa Yehle is detail oriented, and a team player willing to make the hard decisions, and one who plays well with others. Lisa is also a speech-language pathologist, with a Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is also a volunteer for AFS Exchange Programs, and a court-appointed Special Advocate for children.

Vice-President, Bequi Livingston (middle)

My name is Bequi (Becky) Livingston and I was a Wildland Firefighter and Wildland Fire Operations Health and Safety Specialist for 30+ years.  I became one of the few women in wildland firefighting in 1979, serving in a variety of wildland fire positions including becoming the first woman hired on the prestigious Smokey Bear Hotshot crew in 1988.  In 1995, after a 5-year hiatus to have my two children and help my husband operate our helicopter business (we met on a wildland fire in 1988 when I was a Hotshot and he was a Helicopter Pilot), I came back to the Forest Service on the leadership path, to include becoming the Assistant Fire Management Officer at the Sandia Ranger District, Lead Field Coordinator and Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist for the Southwest Fire Use Training Academy and became the first Regional Wildland Fire Operations Health and Safety Specialist in the US Forest Service, Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM, where I retired in August 2018. 

During my tenure with the Forest Service, I developed several programs, including:  Fireline Fitness, Comprehensive Wellbeing and Resiliency and the Women in Wildland Fire Boot Camp, zhelping young women become interested in wildland firefighting.  

I am also a former Elite Athlete and Fitness and Wellness Specialist, including being a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Integrative Health Coach, Trauma Specialist, Trauma Safe Somatic Movement specialist, Registered Yoga Teacher and Mindfulness instructor.  I now spend my time coaching and teaching others about the rigors of traumatic stress, and how to heal.  All of this after being diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress and Complicated Grief in 2016.  I also specialize in working with children who are dealing with stress and grief through my program, Calm Kids Camp. 

However, my biggest achievement and love of my life, has been becoming a mother of two amazing adult children and two adult step-children, all of which are first responders and a military combat veteran.  I am also a grandmother to an amazing 8-year-old granddaughter, and 4-year-old grandson, and pet owner of three cats.  I love to write, hike in the woods and help others heal from their trauma and grief.  ~Bequi Livingston

RON HANNAN, Treasurer for AnimalVillageNM (right)

Ron is retired from a 30+ year career in natural resource management with the US Forest Service. Music and art are his main hobbies. Over the years, Ron has been a proud partner of eight rescue dogs, and at least five cats. Ron is also the appropriately proud parent of an amazing son, Jesse, and a long-time resident of Otero County,


How to Help AnimalVILLAGENM



Relinquishment of pets adopted from AnimalVillageNM ONLY
Other Rescue Transport Options


We appreciate your continued support and cooperation so that we may continue to subsidize low-income spay/neuter surgeries, provide pet food to area food banks, and transport death-row dogs and cats! 

To those needing food to help feed their N.M. pets, we stock as follows: 

Lincoln County, Lincoln County Food Bank, 138 Service Rd, Ruidoso. Otero County, Love Inc, 1106 Ohio St, Alamogordo.

Spay-Neuter for low-income pet guardians: Registrations are temporarily on hold due to funding shortages- check our social media pages for updates.

Relinquishing pets adopted FROM AnimalVillageNM only: To make arrangements for the surrender of your dog or cat,email us at INCLUDE all veterinary records, current vaccination and spay-neuter documentation, and clear, sharp photos of your dog’s face, full body.  We will respond quickly!

For pet transports of pets who have ALREADY been accepted by a N.M. no-kill facility, or are posted on Bissel Pet Foundation/Best Friends/Doobert/Pilots and Paws rescue transports, please email us with details.

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