The number of pet owners who are taking advantage of low-cost spay and neuter services at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is down, according to shelter staff.
“We usually have 25 appointments a day to spay and neuter pets,” said shelter executive director Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock. “Today, we’ve had eight.”
A slower schedule means anyone looking to have their pet spayed or neutered can get in within seven days, Vesco-Mock said.
Unaltered dogs and cats contribute to the shelter’s severe overpopulation problem, which has caused more than 400 animals to be put to death this month.
According to Vesco-Mock, the onslaught of puppies has not slowed down since first reported in February.
“This week, there are more than 50 puppies in our facility. Some of those have been here longer than we normally keep them because they’re very adoptable animals. Our goal is to keep them as long as we can until they are fostered out, adopted, or taken by rescue organizations that have the space,” she said.
The shelter is hosting two off-site pet adoption events Saturday, April 28. Anyone interested in adopting dogs, puppies, cats and kittens can stop by the Farmer’s Market downtown from 8 a.m. to noon. Adoptions will also be taking place at PetCo, 3050 E. Lohman, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fees are $75 for dogs/puppies and $50 for cats/kittens, which includes the cost of spaying or neutering the animal.
To schedule a low-cost spay or neuter, call the shelter for an appointment at (575) 382-0018. Shelter fees for the procedure are $35 for dogs, and $25 for cats.
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