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 5,800 animals (5814 to date thru 3/31/23).

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.
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ACTion Programs for Animals1 hour ago
These three little coneheads were altered today. Two of them already have a home to go to tomorrow. 🥰
Did you know that not only do we provide vaccines, microchip, routine testing, and spay/neuter to each of our animals, but we also address any illness issues they come in with prior to adoption.
Your DONATIONS help us do so much!
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ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals24 hours ago
Blessed are the adopters who give shy, scared animals the time and patience they need to come around in their own time. APA alum Sabrina, now Blondie, was adopted in April. Her new mom said, "I'm not gonna lie; the first three days were rough. Blondie seemed more feral than shy and looked for a way to escape every time we took her into the backyard. Then, unexpectedly, one day, she started hanging out with us. Now, almost a month later, she's settling in. She still is leery of being petted (except for foot pettings, as shown in an attached photo). It's still hard to get a leash on her, but once we do, she's compliant. She now goes out into the backyard and back into the house very easily. She's been on car rides, and we feel like she'll be able to join us on our adventures.
The bottom line is that we're really happy we made the decision to adopt Blondie. She's very sweet, and we look forward to many more years with her."
#adpptashydog #adoptspecialneeds #dogrescue
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ACTion Programs for Animals1 day ago
Our sweet, gorgeous, recent Southern New Mexico PAWS prison training program grads want to remind everyone we are open TODAY until 3 at 537 N. Solano Dr. and that they are ready for a home!
#adoptatraineddog #adoptionsaveslives #dogrescue #adoptashelterpet
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ACTion Programs for Animals2 days ago
We welcomed these two senior dogs today. Their mom died, and their had dad is going into assisted living. Both dogs have lived in their home since they were pups so are understandably confused by all the changes.
Rusty, left, is 7 years old. He is a sweet boy. Sophie, right, is 13 years old. She's also a sweetheart but not as outgoing.
We hope we can find them a foster home or loving furrever home soon!
#adoptasenior #dogrescue #adoptionsaveslives #fosteringsaveslives
DONATIONS are always needed and appreciated to take care of our animals. We provide extensive vet care prior to adoption and many times support vet care for adopters for pre-existing conditions. Seniors always have more veterinary needs, too.
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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 a.m. on Facebook and Zoom with our friends at Hot 103.

We have cuteness galore as our pets of the week! Kittens, kittens, and more kittens, who are purring up a storm and practicing their biscuit making while waiting for their forever families to come in and adopt them!

We currently have an adoption special where ringworm kittens are free to adopt, and the adoption fee for all other felines is half off!

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; www.apalascruces.org.
#kittenseason2023 #adoptaringwormkitten #kittenrescue #ringwormtreatment #adoptionsaveslives

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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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