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 5,400 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!

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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
Tyme is our second longest term dog. She's a graduate of our Southern New Mexico PAWS prison training program.
Come meet her today! We are open until 3 at 537 N. Solano Dr.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
We are over the moon happy for Hazel, who was adopted today after a successful sleepover! She is one of our Southern New Mexico PAWS prison training program grads who had been with us a LONG time. And it seems she was fated to be with her new dad. He recently lost a dog and was grieving and usually takes more time before adopting again, but he told his dying dog he was going to adopt a "Hazel" next time around, and when he went to look, there was our girl.
She sure looks so happy, too. Thank you for adopting a less popular dog type, sir! Hazel is an AWESOME, gorgeous girl!!
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
We are still seeking one home for this special-needs duo. Their eyes are a little crossed, they may have partial blindness, and Curly Sue (the white one) has some neurological issues. None of that slows them down one bit! They are happy sisters who love and look out for each other. We want them to stay together! Mary Lou is the black with white one.
Please share!!
We are open today until 3 at 537 N. Solano Dr.
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
Follow up Monday features APA alum Cadbury, now Chewy. Here's a cute story from his mom on how he got his name:
"Cadbury is now called Chewy. Sometimes I call him Chewy Lewis and the news!
I named him Chewy short for Chewbacca because the day I was at APA to pick him up, I couldn't decide what I'd name him. And a little girl walked in with her mother and pointed at him and said, 'Look mommy, it's Chewbacca!' And that's how he was named.
He sleeps with me on our king sized bed, and he'll even put his head on the pillow!"
ACTion Programs for Animals
ACTion Programs for Animals
Benny is a sweet senior cocker spaniel. Last week, he had dental surgery and was neutered. He is ready for a new home!
Donate to his $800 vet bill here: https://apalascruces.networkforgood.com/projects/11006-action-programs-for-animals
Come meet him at our adoption center at 537 N. Solano Dr. We are open Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat from 11 to 3 or by appointment. 575-571-4654
ACTion Programs for Animals

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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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