Shelter Staff Struggles With Spike In Puppy Population

Feb 17, 2012


         Shelter staff, concerned about a sudden spike in the number of puppies brought to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley this week, are hoping their efforts to find the puppies permanent homes are successful.

            There are currently more than 40 puppies at the shelter, ranging in age from day-old newborns to 12 weeks. Population Supervisor Curtis Herring says some were brought in with their mothers as strays, while others were motherless – surrendered by their owners who reportedly had no means to care for them.

            “This is not an ideal environment for puppies,” said Herring. “The threat of disease in a shelter is high, and they just won’t thrive here.”

            Herring and other staff members are working diligently with local and national rescues to try and place the puppies. He also hopes visitors to the shelter this weekend might consider adopting or fostering entire families, so the puppies can continue to nurse. \    The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is open for adoptions both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. They also offer low-cost spay and neuter services to the public.

For more information, or to learn more about adopting or fostering at pet, call the shelter at (575) 382-0018.