Don't forget February is Pet Dental Health Month.  Pet guardians are encouraged to take steps to control plaque on their pet's teeth and see their veterinarian for dental checkups.


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Dog Cruces Winter 2015 issue is available on stands at local businesses, veterinarian's offices and more.

This issue is about Serviceman's Best Friend  (Military Working Dogs), as well as Over-the-Counter Meds for your pets, great recipes from Walter's Lunchbox, traveling, Chronicle's of Vash, doggie dates, and lots more!!

Pick up your copy today!

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The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is offering steeply discounted neuter procedures during the month of February.

The cost of the surgery will be $14, nearly half of the regular rates for dogs and cats.

“We say it all the time, so here is a less expensive reason to get it done,” said Dr. Vesco-Mock. “Responsible pet owners need to get their animals neutered, and we are here to help.”

Only residents of Doña Ana County  (city of Las Cruces is in Dona Ana County too!) are eligible for the discount. In addition to the neuter procedures, the shelter will also offer $10 microchips and $10 rabies vaccinations through February 28th. 

To make an appointment, call the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley at (575) 386-0018.

HANK THE TANK at A.S.C.M.V.pow.hank-the-tank

"Pet of the Week" at Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley

Hank the Tank is a Shepherd Mix, tan and white male,  ~3 years old.

He is a goofy and out-going Shepherd mix who loves to run around outside and have play dates with all his canine friends! Hank got his nickname from his impressive ability to drink large amounts of water- it’s one of his many talents! Needless to say, there is never a dull
moment with this funny fella; you’re sure to be entertained  for life! Hank has been at our shelter for ~6 months now; please help him find his forever home today!

Call ASCMV for hours to visit to meet Hank The Tank at  575-382-0018 or stop by and visit 3551 Bataan Memorial West.  (Click on image for larger view)

Find "THE ONE" in February at APAapavalentines-feb2015

Adopt a pet for just $10.  Adoption fees are just $10 for the month of February at ACTion Programs for Animals! 

Your match can be found at APA Furrever Home Adoption Center, 800 W. Picacho.  Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays from 12noon to 5pm, on Wednesday/Friday from 5pm to 8pm (or by appointment at 575-644-0505).

Sunday offsite adoptions: 1st and 3rd Sundays at PetSmart (next to Old Navy on Lohman) from 10am to 3pm and 2nd and 4th Sundays at PetCo (next to Ross on Lohman) from 10am to 3pm. (Click on image for larger view)

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Humane Society of Southern NM  (HSSNM) will be having pet adoption events on February , 21st and 28th form 10am to 4pm.  Happy Tail events will be held at PetSmart 2200 E. Lohman (next to Old Navy).

Featured will be lovable cats and cuddly dogs in need of loving homes.  Call 575-523-802 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Click on image for larger view)

Gunner and several cats are looking for their forever Valentine.  gunner-pawsofhomeotero


Buttons Paws of Hope in Otero has several cats, kittens and other dogs for adoption, especially Gunner  who has been waiting for his forever home.  Gunner is a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, about 4 years old.  He is a great dog with a mild temperament, good manners and is great with animals and kids.  He has been in Button Paws of Hope for about 5 months because his owner was moving out of state and couldn't take him.  Ever since then he has been waiting patiently for someone to make him their forever fur friend. 
If you are interested in adopting Gunner or other animals at Buttons Paws of Hope in Otero please call 575-434-6622.   (Click on image for larger view) buttons_paws_of_hope

ASCMV Off-Site Pet Adoption Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley staff and volunteers will facilitate dog, cat, puppy and kitten adoptions this Saturday,  February 21st. In addition to adoptions from the shelter site, adoptions also will take place at two off-site pet adoption events.

  • From 8:30 a.m. to noon, adoptions will take place at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces. Dogs available for adoption will be located at the north end of the mall. Cats can be adopted from the offices of the Center for Spiritual Living at the north end of the mall, across from the site where the dog adoptions take place.
  • From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., adoptions also will be facilitated at PetCo, 3050 E. Lohman, also in Las Cruces.

Adoption fees are $75 for dogs/ puppies and $50 for cats/kittens. The fee includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

At the PetCo event, microchipping for pets that already have homes will be available to the public for $20, and city pet licenses will be available to neutered pets for $5 each. Licenses for unneutered pets are $25 each. Proof of spay/neuter is required before a $5 license will be issued. Pet owners also must bring current proof of rabies vaccination for each animal to be licensed.

The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley also offers low-cost spay/neuter operations at the rate of $35 for dogs and $25 for cats. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the shelter offices.

For further information, call the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley at (575) 382-0018, or visit the website at www.ascmv.org. People who are hearing-impaired can call (575) 541-2182. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

DogCruces Videos

Check out DogCruces videos, from videos featuring animals from stories in our DogCruces magazine to videos from local events/fundraisers.  Go to youtube.com/user/dogcruces or CLICK HERE.

"Happy Tails" Pet Adoption

“Happy Tails” Pet Adoption Promotions Every Saturday in January ( 24th, 31st) - 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

The Humane Society of Southern NM holds "Happy Tails" pet adoption promotions every Saturday at PetSmart, 2200 E. Lohman, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The organization features many wonderful rescue animals including dogs and cats, seeking a loving home from HSSNM’s foster program and from Cherished K-9s Rescue and other authorized groups.  For more information, please contact HSSNM at 575-523-8020 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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