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Our mission is to help Dona Ana County reach our No Kill goal to eliminate the unnecessary killing of companion animals via progressive & friendly animal-welfare programs and services.  Our  vision is that our efforts will help transform our community to improve the quality of life for companion animals and greatly reduce the number of abandoned and homeless animals impounded and killed at our municipal shelter.

We provide services and support to existing pet guardians who are suffering financial hardship via our pet food bank program. 

The Pet Food Bank is open now for that Tues 11 to 4 and Sat 11 to 2 as well.

We also assist our clients with spay/neuter and veterinary care when funding allows.

We run a  Second Chance Dogs & Cats  program, which takes in former abuse-case animals, many of which are pit bull-type dogs, and helps find these dogs homes vs. the alternative—going to the municipal shelter to be automatically put down.  APA recognizes many of these dogs need extra support to acclimate to life in a new home, so post-adoption training and support is provided to families willing to give these special dogs a home where they will never have to suffer neglect or abuse again.

Lastly, in 2012, we started our  DAPA! Campaign , which is an effort to pull as many at-risk dogs and cats from the municipal shelter, put them into foster homes, and then find them new homes.  This program started in May of that year, and to date, we have rescued more than 3500 animals and hope to grow that number significantly each year until the day our community can reach a No Kill status (where we save more than 90% of all the animals that end up at our municipal shelter). 
We are located in Las Cruces, NM, but our services are offered to all those in Dona Ana County.

2016 Goals and Objectives


For 2014, we surpassed our goal to increase our lifesaving efforts by 50%.
For 2015, we surpassed our goal to assist the shelter continue increasing its lifesaving rate by 10% or more.

We are now working on our 2016 goals and will post them soon!


  • Rescue and adoption of at-risk shelter and abuse-case animals
  • Assist pets and their guardians in times of need via programs that target the most urgent animal-welfare challenges in our community
  • Cultivate communication and partnerships with other organizations to help fill in the gaps in No Kill programming and services
  • Continue No Kill advocacy and education in the community
  • Grow and develop our Board of Directors to help meet the community’s needs
  • Develop a longterm strategy for or organization’s growth and sustainability
  • Develop a peace of mind program which takes in and cares for animals whose owners have passed away


Please donate today. Even a few dollars can save a life!


We receive very little at this time from online and direct monetary donations, so if we want to continue and increase this rate of lifesaving,   we need your HELP today.  Please donate any bit you can to help us keep rescuing animals at risk of death on a daily basis in our community’s municipal shelter.