The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley will conduct off-site pet adoption events this Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 29 and 31. Available for adoption will be dogs, puppies, cats and kittens.
Reduced-rate adoptions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Convergys at 4201 Del Rey in Las Cruces.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, reeducated-rate adoptions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Las Cruces. Dogs available for adoption will be located at the north end of the mall. Cats can be adopted from the offices of the Center for Spiritual Living at the north end of the mall, across from the site where the dog adoptions take place.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, adoptions also will be facilitated at PetCo, 3050 E. Lohman, also in Las Cruces.
Adoption fees have been reduced until Aug. 31 to $50 for dogs and puppies and $25 for cats and kittens. All adoptions include the first set of vaccinations, spay/neuter and microchip.
The reduced rates are part of the shelter’s final push to win a cash award for improved live outcomes in the 2013 Rachel Ray Challenge. As of Monday, Aug. 26, the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley was fourth in its division and at 12thplace in the nation for the Challenge, which awards cash prizes to the shelters with the most-improved rates of live outcomes during the challenge period, which ends Aug. 31. It is estimated that if 25 additional adoptions can be facilitated from the facility by Aug. 31, the shelter will be eligible for a $5,000 prize.
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.
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 www.ascmv.org. People who are hearing-impaired can call (575) 541-2182. Shelter hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday throughFriday, 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.