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dapa_logoThere’s a compassionate, life-saving revolution taking place in communities all across America.  It’s giving voice to the voiceless and empowering everyday people to make positive changes for our deserving, 4-legged, homeless friends.

APA’s Dona Ana Pets Alive! campaign is a growing, community-wide grassroots movement to end the needless killing of the approximately 7000 healthy & treatable animals being killed at the Las Cruces municipal shelter every year.

Hundreds of diverse communities, with more added each month across the United States, are now saving 90-97% of their sheltered pets.  Dona Ana County can do the same.

To JOIN US, get in touch to learn how you can help.  From foster homes for dogs and cats, adoption event volunteers, help from  trainers/behaviorists, PR and graphic art skills and donations–it takes a community effort to save our homeless animals’ lives.


We need YOUR help!

Help transform our community

Our community has a bit of a way to go in working toward the day we save the lives of the majority of our homeless animals.  Following are the cornerstones to our community’s needed transformation to more progressive approaches to animal welfare.  This is called the No Kill Equation and must be applied rigorously for true change to happen.  To learn more, visit the No Kill Advocacy Center’s website.

To learn about New Mexico’s drive toward No Kill, visit New Mexico Pets Alive!.

No Kill strategies include:

  • Feral cat trap-neuter-return and release (TNR) programs
  • High-volume, no/low-cost, and targeted spay/neuter services
  • Foster care for homeless pets while they await new homes
  • Networking and partnering with all rescue groups to save lives
  • Comprehensive adoption programs that strive to better match people and pets and compete with other markets
  • Pet retention programs to help people deal with issues with their pets and keep them instead of relinquish them
  • Medical programs to nurse sick animals to health instead of killing them
  • Public relations/community involvement and outreach
  • Widespread volunteerism from all segments of the population
  • Proactive redemption of lost animals by owners
  • Compassionate, progressive animal welfare leadership from Animal Control and shelter administration
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Do Your Part

The best way we can all give back to our community regarding animal welfare is to do our part to be responsible pet guardians and to save lives when we can.  We can all do this by:

  • Spaying and neutering our pets, including free-roaming cats,
  • Adopting our pets from rescues and animal shelters/sanctuaries instead of buying them from backyard breeders or pet stores/puppy mills, and
  • Realizing that the local animal shelter is currently not a safe place for animals and should be the place of last resort for any animals we find or need to re-home.

Please see our Links & Resources page for rescues and animal groups in our area that you can contact when needed, and download our Animal Resources Guide for ideas on how to deal with animal issues such as lost/found pets.  Also listed in this guide are all the pet resources in our area, including trainers, groomers, supply stores, animal-welfare groups, etc.

No Kill National News

Download APA’s presentation called No Kill Success Stories from Around the United States, Feb. 2012, by clicking here.

Keep up with the latest online:

  • The No Kill Advocacy Center is proud to announce the release this fall of a full-length documentary on the No Kill Movement. See this page to read more and see a trailer of the film.
  • Must read — Ryan Clinton, a national No Kill leader, wants to replicate his success nationwide.
  • Best Friends blog about the Austin, TX, model.
  • No Kill communities online tracker; read about the most recent No Kill success stories here, of which there are now  hundreds, with more are added monthly.
  • Reno experts share their information with San Antonio.