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The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is extending a discounted rate for Doña Ana County owners of pit bull terriers to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce the number of puppies that are surrendered to the shelter.

During the month of October, pit bull owners can have their dog(s) spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated against rabies for $30.

Pit bull terriers are one of the most common breeds seen at the shelter, and contribute greatly to the number of dogs that are euthanized every week. Since May 2008, the shelter has taken in more than 11,000 pit bull terriers. Of those, about 60 percent were euthanized. Only 767 were adopted out and an additional 385 were sent to pit bull rescue organizations.

Anyone who would like to schedule an appointment to have their pit bull spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated can call the shelter for an appointment at 575-382-0018.

rescuedbywine Rescued by Wine

Saturday, November 1st, starts at 4pm

Eat, Drink and Enjoy with Raffles, Appetizers and Music.  $5 Admission goes to the animals through Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue.  Amaro Winery, 402 S. Melendres t. Las Cruces.   (Click on image for larger view)

petphotoswithsanta Pet Photos with Santa

Saturday, November8th and 9th

Pet Photos with Santa, Saturday November 8th and Sunday November 9th from 10am to 4pm at S.N.A.P. office, 2405 W. Picacho (across from Peddler's Pavilion).  Refreshments and Raffle Prizes available.  Photos are $25 for two 4x6 card framed prints and a CD with extra images. 

Proceeds help SNAP FIX the animals in our community.  SNAP, 575-524-9265, www.snapnewmexico.org   (Click on image for larger view)

rummagesale Rummage Sale

Saturday, November 8th from 8am-11am

Rummage Sale with lots of Treasures at 2025 N. Valley Dr. on Saturday, November 8th from 8am-11am. 

All proceeds will go to Cherished K-9 All Breed Rescue to help formerly abused, abandoned and neglected dogs. (Click on image for larger view)

bigkittyfix 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, 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)

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, November 1st. 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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