Programs & Services

ACTion Programs for Animals (APA)

ACTion Programs for Animals (APA)/APA Adoption Center and Rescue Program

537 N. Solano, Las Cruces, NM 88001

575-644-0505 or 575-571-4654


APA Adoption Center–featuring dogs and cats we have available for adoption

Other services we provide:

• Low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics

• PAWSitive dog training classes

• Community cat advocacy and support

• Pit bull advocacy and support

Pet Food Bank

APA distributes pet food to needy Dona Ana county residents on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays 1pm to 3pm at 537 N. Solano.

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

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.

P.A.W.S. (Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success)

Southern New Mexico PAWS

We took over administration of the P.A.W.S. prison program in 2016 in partnership with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. We have sent hundreds of dogs to this program for rehab and training, and people often ask us specifically for these dogs. We are able to save many more dogs from the shelter, especially larger ones, because of this wonderful program. Visit the Facebook page at:

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