ACTion Programs for Animals is offering a special half-price adoption offer in April; the vaccination clinic is April 23

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ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) is offering its special “Spring-a-Pet” adoption offer all month of April. Adoptions are offered with a 50% discount, excluding small breed dogs.

The APA Adoption Center is located at 537 N. Solano Drive. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday or by appointment.

APA executive director Michel Meunier said the nonprofit’s animal rescue adoption promotions help spur people to find homes for some large animals.

“Adoptions have been slow lately, especially for our large adult dogs and cats,” Meunier said. “When you give us a pet, it opens up a place for APA to pull the next at-risk shelter animal. It’s a win-win situation for all of us, including the animals!

Meunier said many adoptable dogs are trained through the APA’s Prisoner and Animal Worker Training for Success (PAWS) program. APA has administered the PAWS program since 2016 and does so in partnership with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility. APA has sent hundreds of dogs to this program for rehabilitation and training. Inmates train shelter dogs in basic obedience and toilet training to prepare them for their forever homes. Pet adopters often specifically request dogs that have graduated from this program.

Vaccination clinic

APA will provide free distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and parvo (DAPP) vaccines and free feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukope (FVRCP) vaccines for pets in Doña County Ana from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the APA Adoption Center. Free vaccines are made possible through the Petco Love National Immunization Initiative.

Advance registration is not required. Free vaccines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All remaining vaccines will be distributed at the following clinics. Rabies vaccines, Bordetella vaccines and microchips will be offered at $15 each.

APA can only service well-behaved dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, APA said in a press release. Anyone bringing a pet to the clinic must line up in their vehicle to be called into the building. Anyone requiring a chauffeur driven clinic should call the Mesquite Animal Vaccination Clinic at 575-650-2000 or the Mesilla Valley Animal Services Center at 575-382-0018.

APA is a progressive animal welfare organization that seeks to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Doña Ana County and to significantly reduce the number of unwanted animals impounded and euthanized at the municipal shelter. Since May 2012, more than 5,300 animals have been rescued. The majority of them were dogs and cats/kittens removed from the municipal shelter. APA is able to do this through the volunteer work of rescue/foster coordinators, foster families, weekend adoptions and donations.

For more information, leave a message at 575-571-4654, text 575-644-0505, and email [email protected] To visit apalascruces.org.