APA is a progressive animal welfare organization seeking to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Dona Ana County and greatly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter.

Action for Animals (APA)

Since May 2012, we have rescued more than 6,000 animals.

The majority of these have been dogs and cats/kittens pulled from our municipal shelter.

We are able to do this through the tireless volunteer work of our rescue/foster coordinators, foster families, weekend adoptions, and on a very tight, shoe-string budget. Please consider joining us!

APA Adoption and Education Center, 537 N. Solano., Las Cruces, NM, 88001
Open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday 11 to 3 or by appointment.

Info line:  575-644-0505; adoption center:  575-571-4654; e-mail:  mail@apalascruces.org

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Action Programs for Animals (APA) is a proud adoption partner of Pets for Patriots, a nationally operating 501(c)(3) charity creating opportunities for veterans and service members to save hard-to-adopt shelter pets. Click on the image above to learn more!

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ACTion Programs for Animals

Services and programs we offer: We rescue dogs and cats, primarily from the shelter, to offer for adoption. We also run the local pet food bank, low-cost dog and cat vaccination clinics, Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success (P.A.W.S.) dog training program, and offer PAWSitive Training Classes for people and their dogs. This is a page for those interested in and supporters of ACTion Programs for Animals in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We hope that you will interact with the content on this page. If you choose to leave a comment, you are agreeing to our community guidelines policy, outlined below. We reserve the right to delete posts on our page containing any of the following elements: -racist/hate speech - profanity - misinformation - spam - off-topic/irrelevant including self-promotional posts not having to do with animals or the organization - personal attacks - promoting violence - promoting illegal or questionable activities - rallying on behalf of people or organizations which support animal abuse - circulation of photos that depict animal cruelty If you violate this policy, you will be removed from our page. You will also be removed if you repeatedly harass the organization or others in the comment section. We encourage open discussion and engagement, which includes disagreement, but we will not tolerate the use of our page to harass or taunt others. We appreciate your cooperation and support, and look forward to connecting with each of you.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals1 day ago
CONGRATS to tortie Dizzy and siamese Cleopatra on their adoptions today!
#felinerescue #adoptdontshop #adoptionsaveslives #springapet
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals1 day ago
Spring is in the air! Here are many of our wonderful animals looking for a home. All felines and large dogs are half-off to adopt until the end of this month!!
#adoptdontshop #adoptionsaveslives #springapet
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals2 days ago
A lady found this day-old kitten yesterday alone and abandoned with no mom in sight. But--this little one is a fighter, and after our staff got him or her warmed up and eating, the baby is still surviving with a few other bottle babies the finder is fostering for us.
Kitten season is starting up. We appreciate donations and fosters. It's how we can save more lives. Donate or contact us via www.apalascruces.org; 575-571-4654.
#kittenseason2024 #fosterkittens #fostersneeded #donationsneeded #donationsmakeadifference
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ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals3 days ago
Tomorrow is POW (Pet-Of-The-Week) Wednesday - we will be live at 8:30 on Facebook and Zoom with our friends at Hot 103!

Paisley is our special POW (Pet-of-the-Week). She’ll pull on your heartstrings, as she was returned to us after being adopted in 2016 (through no fault of her own).

She’s about 9 years old and is a Southern New Mexico PAWS grad. Paisley is a sweet girl and shy at first -- but she warms up quickly.
She is a mellow girl who would love to enjoy her senior years in a home that will love her forever.

Come meet any of our adoptable dogs, cats, and kittens ready to go home with a family at the APA Adoption and Education Center, 537 N. Solano, in Las Cruces. We are open Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat 11 to 3 and by appointment at 575-571-4654; apalascruces.org.

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ACTion Programs for Animals is working hard to help our community reach a No Kill status (saving 90+% of our sheltered animals’ lives) as quickly as possible.

Services and programs we offer: pet food bank, low-cost dog and cat vaccination clinics, Second Chance Dogs rescue program for formerly abused dogs, APA Rescue Program.

campaign which pulls at-risk animals from our municipal shelter to lower our kill rate.

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