Friday event to promote pet adoptions, rabies vaccinations, food donations

Two more pet-adoption opportunities set for Saturday

Doña Ana County

It’s going to be a zoo at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Friday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with World Rabies Awareness activities during the week. On Saturday, the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley will conduct two off-site pet adoption events with dogs, puppies, cats and kittens available.

The county’s Special Projects Office is teaming up with the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV), Action Programs for Animals (APA), the Spay/Neuter Action Program (SNAP) and the Humane Society of Southern New Mexico (HSSNM) to coordinate a rabies-only vaccination clinic, pet adoptions and a pet-food drive for low-income families.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the north lawn of the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces. Tents will provide shade, and veterinarians will be on hand to administer and document all vaccinations.

Rabies vaccinations will be provided free by APA, SNAP and HSSNM for pet owners who can show proof of government assistance, such as SSA/SSD/SSI, unemployment, food stamps or Medicaid. Pet owners without public-assistance documentation will pay $5 per vaccination. The event is open only to residents of Doña Ana County.

APA’s Pet Food Bank volunteers will be on hand to accept cash and/or pet food donations to assist in ongoing efforts to provide quality pet food to families who are struggling in the current economic environment. In addition, SNAP volunteers will be on hand to issue spay/neuter vouchers to qualified low-income families.  Fees are $35 for dogs and $25 for cats (cash only). SNAP’s accepted income documentation includes a federal tax return, letter of SSA/SSD/SSI receipt, unemployment letter and a photo I.D.

Personnel from the ASCMV will facilitate pet adoptions throughout the event.  Adoption fees are $75 for dogs/puppies and $50 for cats/kittens. The fee includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip. 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 un-neutered 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, or a license can be obtained after receiving a vaccination at the event.

To speed up the vaccination process, pet owners are asked to come with documentation for each pet specifying the following information: owner’s name and physical address, telephone number, pet’s name, species (dog or cat), breed, color, gender, age, weight and whether the animal has been neutered. Please also provide the name of the pet’s regular veterinarian.

In an effort to keep wait times to a minimum, three veterinarians – Elizabeth Carver, Laura Henckel and Jean K. Wolfgang – will be on hand to administer vaccinations.

All dogs must be leashed and fully controlled at all times. All cats must be in secured transport crates. Cardboard boxes are not acceptable for cat transports.

Saturday’s pet adoptions will be from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pet’s Barn, 1600 S. Valley Drive 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 Pet’s Barn 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.

For more 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.

You can also visit the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley’s Facebook page for information about the Pet of the Week and other services and news items. The facility is in need of volunteers, as well as donations of dog crates, towels, blankets and long-strand shredded paper.

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