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dc-cover_summer14Dog'Cruces Summer 2014 Issue on stands!

Dog Cruces Summer 2014 issue is available on stands at local businesses, veterinarian's offices and more. Pick up your copy today!

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Wednesday, August 20th from 6pm-8pm

Food, drinks, door prizes, raffles and more!  Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcomed!  Wednesday, August 20th at St. Clair Winery, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla. August costume contest is 'Back To School, Nerdy Pooch Costume Contest.'  $5 admission benefits S.N.A.P. and DACHS.  (Click on image for larger view)

Free Saturday Pet Adoptions

FREE Saturday Pet Adoptions the Whole Month of August at APA's Adoption Venues

ACTion Programs For Animals (APA) is offering FREE pet adoptions for all their cats, kittens and dogs of all ages/sizes during Saturdays in August.  This includes animals up for adoption at their Furrever Home Adoption and Education Center, located at 800 W. Picacho, open 12 to 5 p.m. and by appointment, and at all their adoptions events and venues, as follows:

  • Calista Animal Hospital, 1889 Calle de Ninos, 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays (cats/kittens only)
  • Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla (cats/kittens only)
  • Lulu, Elements for Living, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla (kittens only)
  • Mesilla Valley Mall, Sat., August 16th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (inside near Cineport 10)
  • Sam’s Club, 2711 N. Telshor, Sat., August 30th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Also taking place at the APA facility are monthly TNR (trap-neuter-return) presentations--each first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. (August 7th is the next one).  National feral cat expert Joe Miele, who resides in Las Cruces, teaches people how to humanely and responsibly care for our community's free-roaming cats.

Since 2009, APA has provided services and support which help keep animals out of the municipal shelter, such as the pet food bank and networking support for re-homing unwanted or found animals.  The group's first rescue efforts started with the Second Chance Dogs program, which helps find homes for dogs and cats from former abuse cases.   APA then launched their Dona Ana Pets Alive! campaign in May 2012 to help rescue and adopt out as many animals from the municipal shelter as possible.  Since May 2012, APA/DAPA! has rescued more than 1150 animals, including more than 500 kittens.

To learn more and get involved, contact the group at 575-644-0505 (info line); 571-4654 (Furrever Home); website: actionprogramsforanimals.org; and on Facebook:
APALasCruces and DonaAnaPetsAlive. 

bigkittyfixBig Kitty Fix Clinics (make appointment)

Spay or Neuter Your Cat! Dates for "Big Kitty Fix" Clinics

Upcoming clinic dates for low-cost spay-neuter for the Dona Ana County "Big Kitty Fix" w/contact info for appointments are listed below. Clinics will be held at the SNAP Office at 2405 W. Picacho.


  • Saturday, August 9th and Saturday, August 23rd
  • Saturday, September 13th and Saturday, September 27th
  • Saturday, October 11th
  • Saturday, November 8th
  • Saturday, December 13th

Please contact Michelle Corella ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 575-639-3036) or Anne Markman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 575-993-8840) for more information or to make an appointment. The suggested co-pay is $37.00 and this includes the surgery, a rabies shot, a microchip and an ear tip if the cat is feral. (Click on image for larger view)

fatcashraffleFat Cat Cash Raffle

Fat cash cash raffle, benefitting the Spay & Neuter Action Program (SNA) a 501(c)3 non-profit of Dona Ana County.  Tickets are $10, Grand prize is $500.  Drawing will be held, September 20, 2014.  Tickets can be purchased at the SNAP office, 2405 W. Picacho Ave. or Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla .  www.snapnewmexico.org • 575-524-9265.  (click on image for larger view)

Summer Saturdays at the Sanctuaryshas-summersaturdays

Super adoption event at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.  The 1st two Saturdays of each month from 10am-3pm.  Hot dog and refreshments served.  
There are terrific cats and dogs awaiting a new home and they love visitors.  
Take a short drive out Hwy 70, Holman Road exit north for 2.5 miles and then right on El Centro to 6890 Eagle Road.  For more information call 575-805-5338 or visit www.shaspets.com (Click on image for larger view)

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, August 23rd. 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Dedicated transport drivers who are able to handle rambunctious adult dogs and puppies are needed for transport services on Saturday mornings in conjunction with off-site adoption initiatives.  Volunteers must be 18 or older with valid registration, driver’s license and insurance. An application form can be obtained by contacting the shelter’s volunteer coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To be considered, you must be able to handle large, rambunctious dogs and playful puppies. Training courses will be provided to selected applicants. Orientation and training provided and required prior to volunteering with ASCMV.
  • Volunteers are also needed to assist with animal care and socializing, as well as helping to facilitate cat adoptions on Saturdays at the Farmer’s Market. To apply, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

quilt-raffleBig Kitty Fix Quilt Raffle Fundraiser

Big Kitty Fix is raffling off this beautiful handmade quilt. Tickets $1.  Drawing September 13th.  Quilt on display and tickets available at SNAP office, 2405 W. Picacho Ave.  Tickets also available at Better Life Pet Foods, 365 Avenida de Mesilla. (Click on image for larger view)

Fur Balls Rescue: Online Fund Raiser

The Cat's Meow Adoption Center is holding fund raisers to provide finances for the challenges and expenses of placing homeless cats and kittens with loving families. To help, please go to http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/fur-balls-rescue/202465

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