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 4800 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 (New Location)
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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pets for patriots

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!

Shelter Animals Count

Proud Participant of Shelters Animals Count

Shelter Animals Count is an independent nonprofit that is home to The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights to save lives.

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Due to Covid-19, Events are not scheduled at this time.

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.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
New to APA is sweet Roni. This poor little guy has heartworm. Can you help us with his treatment?
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ACTion Programs for Animals updated their cover photo.
Today's featured dog today is Angel. He came to us from the shelter in VERY bad shape. He was skin and bones and both back legs were bad; he could not use one of them at all.
We immediately got him the care he needed, which was treatment for Valley Fever. Now Angel is looking great and walking on both back legs.
He is READY for a wonderful home where he will never be neglected again, but he is special needs. The Valley Fever requires lifelong medication.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
Fiona was returned yesterday and already went on a sleepover today. Good luck, sweet girl!
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
ALL donations are appreciated, but we are especially in need of housewares and furniture at this time.
Drop off at our location from 10 to 6 Mon - Sat (2475 N. Main) or call to arrange pick up of larger items at (575) 888-4882.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
New to APA are Bruno, Ritty and Roni. Two of them have heartworm and need treatment. Donations toward their care are much appreciated!
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
It was another busy day at our adoption center. Pet of the Week Bo went on a Doggy Day Out, and kitten Radar was adopted.

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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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