Doña Ana County



It's going to be a zoo at the Doña Ana County Government Center on World Rabies Awareness Day, Tuesday, Sept. 28. The Doña Ana County 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 vaccination clinic, pet adoptions and a pet-food drive for low-income families.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the north lawn of the Doña Ana County Government Center. Tents will be erected for shade, and a veterinarian will be on hand to administer and document all vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations will be provided free from APA, SNAP, and HSSNM for pet owners who can show proof of government assistance (e.g., receipt of SSA/SSD/SSI, unemployment, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.). Pet owners without public-assistance documentation will pay $5 per vaccination. APA's Pet Food Bank volunteers will be on hand to accept cash and/or pet food donations to assist in their ongoing efforts to provide quality pet food to families who are struggling in the present 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 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, or a license can be obtained after receiving a vaccination at the event.

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