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 rescue at-risk dogs/cats directly from the municipal shelter on a continuous basis. And we run the APA Adoption and Education Center at 800 W. Picacho each Tues/Thurs 11 to 4, Sat 11 to 2, or by appointment. We have rescued more than 4300 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). Our community is getting close; as of 2019, the shelter’s save rate is well above 80%.
We run the P.A.W.S. (Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success) program in partnership with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. This program trains our dogs in basic obedience, housetraining, and socialization. Our trainer works with the prisoner handlers, who have become excellent dog handlers in their own right. We have run more than 130 dogs thru the program so far, and these dogs are very popular adoption candidates.
And we are close to opening our Second Chance Thrift store soon! It will be located at the corner of Three Crosses/Main.