Doña Ana County



The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is seeking donations of dog crates for three off-site adoption events this weekend. Available for adoption will be dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
Crates of all sizes are needed to transport animals to two locations in Las Cruces and to a large-scale event in Albuquerque.

Adoptions will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, adoptions also will be facilitated at PetCo, 3050 E. Lohman, in Las Cruces.

Adoption volunteers will be set up both Saturday and Sunday with about 50 adoptable animals at the Fetchapalooza event at Journal Center in Albuquerque. Donated or lent crates will be critical to that transportation effort. Persons willing to loan a crate can drop it off at the shelter on Friday and retrieve it on Monday.

Adoption fees at all three events are $75 for dogs/ puppies and $50 for cats/kittens. The fee includes the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.

At the PetCo event, 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.

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.