Local shelter's animals have a new place to live.

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By The Staff

The remaining animals of The Animal Support Center have a place to live. Jessica Taylor, owner of Green Gates Sanctuary in Ilfeld, N.M., is willing to care for and socialize the remaining animals of TASC so that they can be adopted to loving homes. Green Gates is a separate entity from TASC and will continue to exist as an educational center and a much needed sanctuary when all TASC animals are adopted.

Green Gates director Jessica Taylor apprenticed at Heart and Soul Sanctuary, has a doctorate in health care and works as a nurse’s assistant at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. She is also a photographer and sculptor with an art degree from Syracuse University. She owns a gallery called Ark Angel Studio on Baca Street in Santa Fe.

Green Gates Sanctuary has existed for the past seven years and sits on 2 1/2 acres of land in Ilfeld, N.M., a land dotted with pinon and juniper trees beneath the towering Rowe Mesa. Green Gates is a magical and happy place with lots of originally shaped buildings and sweet outdoor spaces for cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, goats and other farm animals. It is an educational center, where children and adults can come and enjoy the animals in this setting of peaceful secluded gardens and meditation areas.

In order for the remaining TASC animals to be relocated, Green Gates Sanctuary must expand. Housing for three adult dogs, five puppies, 12 adult cats and 11 kittens need to be built. These living spaces will include two more cat houses, two more dog houses and a puppy pen.

The cat and dog houses are large insulated structures, about 6 feet wide, 10 feet long and 6 feet tall, with electric heaters for winter months. The estimated cost for the houses, fencing and pens to be built, including the labor, is $7,000. Since the condition of the cat trailer was not suitable and the cost of towing was prohibitive, $1,000 has been contributed from TASC’s general fund to begin building one of the cat houses and outdoor pen.

Staffing for the care of the animals will include two full-time employees and three part-time employees and two consultants. Taylor will remain as director, educator, and animal communicator of the sanctuary. Her salary will be $17 per hour at 50 hours per week, $3,400 for a month. The job description of the animal helper will include cleaning, feeding, and general maintenance of the animals. This person will be paid $10 per hour and will work 35 hours per week, $1400 per a four week month. Maureen O’Brien, Anthony Sena and Linzy Behrs will stay on to oversee advertising, fundraising and adoptions. They will each work about 16 hours a week at $17 per hour, $1,088 each for a four week month.

In addition to the above mentioned staff members, TASC will also keep Laslo Lazanska, who has been working with TASC since January 2008. Laslo spearheaded Operation Las Vegas Dogs to arrange foster care and training for TASC dogs. She contributes endless hours promoting Operation Las Vegas Dogs and caring for her four TASC foster dogs. Laslo brought the trainer, Robin Morehouse of Paws Plaza, and Shelley Carlise, who handles web advertising, to our circle. She will continue to work as a special events coordinator and PR person when needed.

Lastly, Brittney Bishop, a gifted dog and horse trainer, will continue with special needs and shy dog training for foster and Sanctuary dogs.

TASC is asking for ongoing funding to keep The Green Gates Sanctuary alive and vital. The monthly total cost to do this is $10,000. This will cover all expenses including salaries and the food,shelter, and medical care of many happy and loving animals.

For more info about Green Gates Sanctuary or about the TASC animals, contact Maureen O’ Brien at 426-8203, Linzy Behrs at 425-3450 or Jessica Taylor at (505) 920-6271.