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ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) continues its Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive from now thru Jan 2nd.  During this special adoption campaign, the adoption fees for animals are reduced to $35.  As an added bonus to this campaign, APA is also going to offer a Black Friday Special from Nov. 28th thru 30th of fee-waived adoptions for any of our mostly black animals.  APA has some wonderful dogs and cats available for this special.

The APA Furrever Home Adoption and Education Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day to give volunteers some time off, but it will re-open Black Friday, Nov 28th, from 4 to 8 p.m., then will be open Sat., Nov. 29th, from 12 to 5 p.m., and the group will also be inside PetSmart (by Old Navy) on Sunday, Nov. 30th, from 10 to 3 p.m.

The APA adoption center is normally open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.  During the Christmas holiday, the center will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but APA encourages pets to be adopted as gifts and is offering FREE delivery of adopted pets on these days.  Many puppies, dogs, kittens and cats will be available next month for adoption.  People can also purchase gift certificates at any time to give to someone they know who has been wanting to adopt a dog or cat.

During the month of December, on Saturdays, APA will be offering a cocoa, coffee, and bake sale as well as visits by Santa Claus (or Mrs. Claus when he cannot be there).  APA encourages the pubic to visit and play with the animals, take the dogs out for a walk at the park across the street, etc.

“With as many as 7.6 million homeless pets in the U.S., it is important everyone get involved to help save an orphaned animal this holiday season,” said Michel Meunier, APA’s director.  “We’re proud to be a part of this amazing campaign and are dedicated to placing orphaned pets in homes so they can experience a happy new life.”  Since January of this year, the group has saved nearly 700 animals (of that number, 400+ cat/kittens) -- most of which were rescued from the municipal shelter and the DAC Sheriff Animal Cruelty Taskforce.

To learn more and get involved, contact APA at our information line at 575-644-0505; visit or call the adoption center at 800 W. Picacho, 575-571-4654; and visit us online at www.actionprogramsforanimals.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/APALasCruces.  Please also donate in person, by mail or online.  The group needs the community's support to maintain and increase their rescue numbers in 2015.

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, December 20th. 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.

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