Doña Ana County



The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley will conduct pet adoption events at two sites this weekend. Available for adoption will be dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
Adoptions will be facilitated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Pioneer Women’s Park in Downtown Las Cruces, in conjunction with the 2010 Las Cruces Gay Pride Celebration. Adoptions also will be facilitated from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farmers’ Market in Downtown Las Cruces.

Adoption fees at both events are $75 for dogs/ puppies and $50 for kittens. Adult cats are free to good homes. The fee includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

In addition, microchipping for pets that already have homes will be available to the public for $20, and city pet licenses will be available for $5 each. Pet owners 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 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. 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 donations of dog crates, towels, blankets and long-strand shredded paper. Volunteers also are needed to assist with animal care and socializing.

The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico will be the beneficiary of a June 26 performance of the Tony Award-winning play, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” at the Black Box Theater in downtown Las Cruces. Tickets for the 2:30 p.m. performance are $15 each and can be obtained by calling (575) 522-2529 or (575) 523-8020.

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