The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley will conduct pet adoption events Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7. Available for adoption will be dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.

Adoptions will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 6-7, 2010, adoptions also will be facilitated at the Renaissance Craft Fair at Young Park 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.

For pet owners who travel to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley offices at 3551 Bataan Memorial West, microchipping for pets that already have homes are available to the public for $20, and city pet licenses are 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.

For further information, call the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley at (575) 382-0018, or visit the website at People who are hearing-impaired can call (575) 541-2182.

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 donations of towels, blankets and long-strand shredded paper.

Other upcoming companion-animal-related events include the following:

* Action Plan for Animals will have a table set up at Sam's Club Friday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the store's exit for a food drive and information event. Pet Christmas cards and other items will be offered for sale, as well.

* PetCo Foundation National Pet Food Bank Donation Drive will be held Nov. 5-14. APA will have a table at the local store on Sun., Nov. 7, from 1 - 5 p.m. This national effort is being sponsored by Hill's Science Diet, who will match all national donations. It also is being supported by Best Friends Animal Society. The local PetCo store will participate and already donates its food-bin donations to APA's pet food bank as the local partner of PetCo Foundation's support of companion-animal food banks across the nation.

* Canines & Cocktails Harvest Howl Happy Hour will be held Saturday, Nov. 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hotel Encanto’s Azul Patio. This will be the first Canines and Cocktails event in what is planned to be a quarterly event. A donation of $5 is collected at the door, and there will be raffle prizes, snacks and a cash bar. Some prizes include a one-night stay at Hotel Encanto valued at $189; dinner for two at the hotel's Cafe Espana, and more. Donated pet food and items for APA's pet-food-bank clients will be accepted. All pet lovers and well-behaved dogs and cats are welcome to attend.

* A Sunday Brunch/Pet Food Drive at De La Vega's Pecan Grill will be held Sunday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will offer 15 percent off their Sunday brunch in exchange for a donation of a bag of dog or cat food (or money) toward APA's pet food bank; De la Vega's is located on the corner of Telshor and Lohman.

* The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico will coordinate adoptions as part of the PetSmart Charities Holiday National Adoption Weekend, Nov 13-14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HSSNM will feature many rescue animals available for adoption. Animals featured will include dogs in the organization’s foster-care program and felines currently showcased at the PetSmart Charities Adoption Center, as well as cats and kittens in the HSSNM foster-care program.

* Benefit at the Black Box Theatre, a No Strings Theatre Company, will be held Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. A romantic comedy titled ‘Cockeyed,’ a play directed by Ceil Herman, will be the feature matinee. Tickets are $15, available in advance through HSSNM members (575-522-2529 or 575-541-8106) or at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales support HSSNM programs serving homeless/rescued animals, the pet help line, and work in humane education. Visit for a description of the play, as well as photos.

* Spay/Neuter Action Program (SNAP) has moved to its new location and will host an open house Saturday, Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The new location is at 2405 W. Picacho Ave., next to the Palms Business Complex and across from the Peddler's Pavilion.

* A Critter Christmas Celebration, benefitting SNAP, DACHS, and For the Sake of Animals (friends of the animal shelter), will be held Saturday Dec. 11 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the historic Amador Hotel.

* The new Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary thrift store location is now open at 840 El Paseo Rd., right across the street from Sutherland’s and between Family Dollar and Business Products Center. Proceeds from sales benefit Doña Ana County’s only no-kill shelter facilit