Welcome to Dog 'Cruces - Information for the Las Cruces Dog!

We are the first and only online community in Southern New Mexico for dog owners and their pets. Looking for dog-friendly parks and places? Need to find a new veterinarian? Searching for low-cost spay/neuter services? You'll find it all here at Dog 'Cruces.

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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!

RedBrick Pizza Fundraiserredbrick-july

Mention the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico (HSSNM) when making a purchase at Red Brick Pizza, Las Cruces on Thursday, July 31st from 11am-9pm (dine-in or take-out) and 15% of sales will be donated to HSSNM.  Enjoy Red Brick's delicious food while helping animals in need!

Eat-in at 6pm if your schedule permits and join HSSNM for some social time and networkings.  Red Brick Pizza, 28082 N. Telshor (across from Sam's Club), Las Cruces.  (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

august_dogustHappy DOGust! Cruces Canine Event

Thursday, August 7th from 5:30pm-8pm

People and pet social to celebrate dog's birthday month, Thursday, August 7th from 5:30-8pm at Andele's Dog House (1983 Calle de Norte).  $5 admission benefits HSSNM.  (Click on image for larger view)

Yappy Houryappyhour-august

Wednesday, August 13th from 6pm-8pm

Food, drinks, door prizes, raffles and more!  Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcomed!  Wednesday, August 13th 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)

bowwow8-16BOW WOW Swim Luau

August 16th from 12noon-6pm

2nd Annual Bow Wow Swim at Desert Hills Pool, 5800 La Reina (North on 1-25 to Dona Ana Exit 9, turn right at stop sign, follow signs) .  Bring your well-behaved dogs and let them enjoy swimming with their humans from 12noon-6pm.  Bring your own towels and folding chairs.  Admission is $10, proceeds benefit HSSNM.

Their will be food, door prizes, prizes for best dressed dog, raffles prizes.  BYOB but no glass containers.  DJ music provided by D.J. Mike Sheppard.  Live music with Walter Kimball Project.com and Spud Kennedy.  (Click on image for larger view)

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 2nd. 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)

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