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Dog'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!
Yappy Hour, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 at St. Clair Winery & Bistro, 1720 Avenida de Mesilla, on the outside patio and lawn. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome! Be sure to dress up your pooch for the "South of the Border" Mexican Independence Day costume contest. Free treats for dogs; wine, beer & food available for people from the menu. Door prizes, entertainment by emcee Wayne Sinclair and vocalist Hank Greenholdt, and so much more! $5 donation at the door; benefits the Doña Ana County Humane Society and the Spay & Neuter Action Program. Call 575-642-2648 for more information. (Click on image for larger view)
Big 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, September 27th
- Saturday, October 11th
- Saturday, November 8th
- Saturday, December 13th
Please contact Michelle Corella (
or 575-639-3036) or Anne Markman (
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)
Fat Cat Cash Raffle
Fat cash cash raffle, benefitting the Spay & Neuter Action Program (SNAP) 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)
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, September 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.
- 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
. 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
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.
Better Life Natural Pet Foods Grand Opening of its 2nd Location
Locally-owned healthy pet food store, Better Life Natural Pet Foods, has announced the grand opening of its second location at 315 Telshor Blvd., suite C (behind Whataburger).
The grand opening celebration will be Friday, September 19th & Saturday, September 20th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, September 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several local animal non-profit organizations such as ACTion Programs for Animals (APA), Spay and Neuter Action Program (SNAP) and the Dona Ana County Humane Society (DACHS) will be there to provide awareness about their groups and what the public can do help animals in the community.
“This grand opening is more than just about a business, it’s about the animals in Las Cruces. We try diligently to work hard and build good relationships with animal groups in town because we all have the same mission: Doing what’s best for Las Cruces pets,” says Kat Lacy, owner of Better Life Natural Pet Foods.
In addition, there will also be cats available for adoption. The new store features a new aquatics line, desert pond and seascape. The store will also have a sale on 20% off everything! Plus, giveaways including a new grill and three month supply of dog food.
Better Life Natural Pet Foods has been locally owned and operated for 16 years, and is committed to supporting Las Cruces pets and the community. Its other store is located at 365 Avenida de Mesilla. Choose a BETTER life for your pet! www.betterlifenaturalpetfoods.com
2nd Annual Dollars for Dogs & Coins for Cats
September 27th from 10am-4pm
Supporters of ACTion Programs For Animals (APA) are gathering together for a unique shopping/adoption event called Dollars for Dogs and Coins for Cats, hosted at 1915 Burke Rd. in Las Cruces, on Sept. 27th. This is the 2nd annual event, and it gives the opportunity to shop for items from vendors such as The Pampered Chef, Jamberry Nails, Scentsy, Avon, and Premier Designs while also visiting with some of APA's dogs and cats up for adoption. The shopping is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and animals will be there for adoption from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m.
Proceeds from the event are donated to APA for their Dona Ana Pets Alive! campaign. Since May 2012, the group has rescued more than 1150 animals as part of this No Kill campaign, most from the municipal shelter. This is not possible without local support for events such as these.
To learn more about the event, APA or to get involved, contact the group at 575-644-0505 (info line); 571-4654 (Furrever Home); website: actionprogramsforanimals.org; and on Facebook: APALasCruces and DonaAnaPetsAlive. (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
Cruisin' for Critters
5th Annual Charity Run
Cruisin' for Critters, Saturday October 4th, 2014, sign in is at 10:30am-12noon at Las Cruces MotorSports located at 2125 S. Valley.
There will be door prizes, raffle items, silent auction. $15 per rider benefits ACTion Programs for Animals. After party information to be announced. Riders under 21 will not be admitted into the bar but will receive a meal gift certificate and are eligible for grand prizes.
For more information call 575-373-0159 or www.actionprogramsforanimals.org (Click on image for larger view)
Saturday, October 18th from 10am-2pm
Horse N Hound is hosting Dogapalooza Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your dog out and get some great tips and tricks on training, nutrition, spay and neuter, flea and tick control, and to enjoy some demonstrations. Horse N Hound Feed N Supply is located at 991 W. Amador Ave. in Las Cruces. Call 575-523-8790 for more information.
Pits for Peace Walk
3rd Annual Pits for Peace Walk
PITS for Peace Walk event is on October 25th (11am-3pm) at Young Park in the bandstand area. It is in celebration of Pit Bull Awareness Day as well as a celebration of the loving nature of all dogs, and all who are leashed and well-behaved are welcome.
Walk starts at 1pm. First 100 registrants get a FREE totebag. There will be food vendors, raffles, live music, pet adoptions.
For more information call or sponsorship call 575-373-0159 or www.actionprogramsforanimals.org (Click on image for larger view)
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