There are a number of outstanding programs that benefit pets and pet owners and also help strays and dogs and cats given up by the owners find homes.
Here is information about several of these programs.
- Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) houses 500-plus animals brought in by city or county animal control or the public as strays and animals given up by their owners. Since 2015, ASCMV has taken in 9,500 to 10,500 animals annually. Donations help ASCMV care for animals. Check out ASCMV’s Amazon wish list at https://ascmv.org/ascmv-donations/. Items the shelter needs include doggie dental chews, soft dog treats, kitty litter for foster volunteers, soft swaddle blankets for bottle-baby kittens, cat toys, KMR kitten formula, sturdy collars and leashes (for bigger dogs especially), towels and blankets (no filling) and large dog/puppy pens. Monetary donations are welcomed at ascmv.org or by mail to ASCMV, 3551 Bataan Memorial West, Las Cruces, N.M. 88012. Call volunteer coordinator Yoli Jurado at 575-382-0018 to volunteer and/or to take an animal into your home to help it get it ready for adoption or rescue. Loving forever homes for its animals is ASCMV’s biggest holiday wish. Visit https://ascmv.org/adoptable-animals/ and facebook.com/ASCMV for adoption specials during the holidays and all year.
- Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary needs unscented bleach, Purina One beef canned dog food, Friskies canned cat food, Fancy Feast, Meow Mix original dry cat food, Temptations cat treats, Milk Bones (all sizes), creamy peanut butter, Greenies Pill Pockets, puppy training pads, clumping cat litter, disposable gloves (large), toilet paper, paper towels, tall kitchen trash bags, scented laundry detergent, liquid dishwashing soap, disinfecting wipes, antibacterial hand soap and Ziploc bags (all sizes). Take donations to SHAS Thrift Store, 840 El Paseo Road, which is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Mail donations to Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary, P.O. Box 16227, Las Cruces, N.M. 88004-6227. Donate online at www.shaspets.com. Call the sanctuary at 575-805-5338 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call the thrift store at 575-541-4942. SHAS, founded in 1996, is a no-kill, nonprofit adoption center for homeless cats and dogs that is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
- The Cat’s Meow Adoption Center welcomes cash donations at www.thecatsmeowlascruces.com. Mail donations to The Cat’s Meow, P.O. Box 3166, Las Cruces, N.M. 88003. The center has adult cats and kittens available for adoption. Visit the adoption center at 2211 N. Mesquite St. and contact the center at 575-640-0011, 575-639-3036 and email@example.com. Volunteers and foster families welcome. Cat’s Meow has found homes for 1,000 cats since 2014.
- ACTion Programs for Animals needs cash donations to pay vet bills year-round. APA has rescued 5,000 dogs and cats locally since 2012. APA runs a pet food bank, prison dog-training program and low-cost clinics. Visit the adoption center at 537 N. Solano Drive, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Donate online at www.apalascruces.org.
Nov. 25-Jan. 1: APA half-off pet adoptions (except small dogs). APA’s Second Chance Thrift Store, 2475 N. Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, donations welcome.
Nov. 24-Dec. 1 and Dec. 1-8: thrift store online holiday auction in partnership with Mesilla Valley Estate Sales; visit https://apalascruces.org/second-chance-thrift-store/ and https://nmestateauctions.com/.