We are committed to our Mission
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.
We strongly encourage and require responsibility
APA actively promotes responsible pet guardianship to all of its program recipients. By receiving food or other support from us in their of econimic need, people agree to meet their pets’ basic physical and social needs (fresh food and water daily, adequate shelter, and companionship/attention). We are here to help companion animals only–not any animals people use for monetary or other gain, such as only for utilitarian uses (guard dogs, etc.). We also do not help breeders.
We also counsel people on keeping their vaccinations up-to-date and to spay and neuter all their pets in order to give back to the community who is generously providing the food and funds to purchase food.
We ask that people contact us about their pet care issues or questions. We have information about programs, services, pet behavior and training, and other non-profit groups in the area.
Paying it Forward
For able-minded and bodied recipients needing our help for more than six months in a row who are already responsible pet guardians, they are asked to donate their time or talents to APA’s efforts in the community. Long-term recipients who are not already being responsible are asked to update their pets’ vaccinations and spay/neuter in order to keep receiving our support. When our funds allow, we assist food bank clients with vaccinations and spay/neuter SNAP co-pays. Some recipients are also asked to improve pet living conditions, if needed. We review each applicant’s status continually to keep their information current and to be sure we are helping those that need assistance the most.
The main goal of the pet food bank is to keep animals with their families, keep them from suffering, and reduce the intake at our overburdened municipal animal shelter. We ask people to think of our shelter as a place of last resort for animals, not a place where animals should be dumped off on a regular basis.
Programs and Services
Pet Food Bank
APA distributes pet food to needy Dona Ana County residents on Tuesdays from 11 to 4 and Saturdays from 11 to 2 at 800 W. Picacho Ave. in Las Cruces.
Recipients have to show proof of low-income/government assistance, proof of DAC residency, a picture ID, and veterinary records for their pets. Services are limited to no more than eight times per year for each recipient. For more information, call 575-644-0505 or e-mail at email@example.com.
To date, we have distributed more than 1 million pounds of food and pet supplies–such as collars, leashes, dog houses, and brushes/combs–to thousands of needy families. The average pounds per month we distribute is 10, 000, and we help approximately 50 families per week. We have been operating the pet food bank since 2009; it was our pilot program.
APA also provides food to small rescues and other agencies that serve no- to low-income populations, such as The Community of Hope and the Casa de Peregrinos emergency food bank and the City of Las Cruces Meals on Wheels program. We are always seeking similar partnerships with other organizations as well. We thank our volunteers, who help us each weekend with our pet food distributions and picking up food donations daily.
APA Rescue Program
We continuously rescue cats and dogs from our municipal shelter in our efforts to help save lives and reduce the number of savable animals killed at our shelter. We rescue 500+ animals a year and get them healthy and adoptable and either find them homes locally or transfer them to partner rescues in NM and surrounding states.
Other Services We Offer
- Community cat advocacy and support
- Pit bull advocacy and support
- PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) – advice and network set up to help people find alternatives to leaving homeless or other animals at the shelter
- Low-cost vaccination clinics (a few per year)
Meet Our Team
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Seeking new Board Members committed to saving lives!
APA’s philosophical approach to animal welfare in our community is modern and progressive. We are part of the No Kill movement as defined and advanced by the No Kill Advocacy Center, which is helping many communities achieve No Kill goals nationwide and worldwide. We strongly support reform of Animal Control departments and animal shelters to drastically reduce our community’s homeless animal kill rate and improve the lives of animals and people.
If you are a No Kill advocate, someone who wants to help save more feral cats’ lives, someone who is partial to the plight of pit bulls in our community, or someone willing and able to learn more about progressive approaches to animal welfare and help us grow quickly to reach our goals, we’d love for you to join our board of directors and help us step up our advocacy work in the community. Please contact us today if you are interested in serving on our Board.