‘ZERO IN SEVEN’ INITIATIVE LAUNCHES ON JUNE 27

‘ZERO IN SEVEN’ INITIATIVE LAUNCHES ON JUNE 27

Healthy, adoptable animals deserve good homes.

At 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, an event will be held on the north lawn of the Doña Ana County Government Center to formally kick off the ‘Zero in 7’ initiative to eliminate the euthanizations of healthy, adoptable animals in Doña Ana County.

Doña Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen G. Perez and Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima will speak at the event. A light lunch will be provided.

Local animal advocacy groups have been invited to attend, and adoptions will be facilitated onsite by the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley. Leashed dogs are welcome at the event, and attendees are asked to bring photographs of rescued cats who have become companion animals.

The ‘Zero in 7’ initiative has been endorsed by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, the Las Cruces City Council and the Board of Directors of the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, as well as several private animal-advocacy groups.

Although euthanization rates have declined every year since 2008 at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, more than 8,000 healthy, adoptable animals are still killed each year because of the disproportionate intake-to-adoption rate at the facility.

“The responsibility for the number of animals coming in lies with the community, and the ‘Zero in 7’ initiative tasks the community with a solution that emphasizes public safety along with a systematic method to eliminate our overpopulation of companion animals through education, aggressive spay/neuter and enhanced adoptions,” said District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy G. Garrett, who is co-chair of the Doña Ana County Coalition for Pets and People, whose members created the blueprint to stop the killing.

As the initiative begins, volunteers remain critical to its success and implementation, Garrett said. The June 27 event will focus on investing the community in the viability of the initiative, while creating and sustaining meaningful involvement to build the number of people involved in solving the problem.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.