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Adoptions For The Holidays

December 18, 2020

Does your house feel just a little too quiet this holiday season? How about adopting a dog named Marley? Or a cat named Ollie? There’s even a cat named Brad Pitt and a dog named Ichabod.

In fact, the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) has many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens you can adopt at Christmas or any time of the year.

ASCMV’s adoption program is still proceeding with some slight changes because of the pandemic, said ASCMV Executive Director Clint Thacker.

“A person interested in adopting an animal must find the animal on our website ( and secure the animal number,” Thacker said. “The potential adopter then calls the Center at 575-382-0018 and requests an adoption appointment. ASCMV staff will ask for the animal number. When the number is provided, they will look the animal up in our shelter software to see if there are any issues with the animal that need to be reported to the caller. If nothing, an appointment will be made. You come at the appointed time and meet the animal. You can request up to two animals per appointment. If one (or both) animals make a connection with you, you proceed with the adoption paperwork in the lobby.

If the animal is sterilized, then nothing else needs to be done, and the adoption is finalized. If the animal is not sterilized, the potential adopter becomes a foster to-adopt. The animal is in your care and your responsibility, but still is property of the ASCMV.

“You sign a contract saying you will bring the animal back when requested by the center. After sterilization, the animal belongs to you,” Thacker said.

The cost is $25, which includes vaccinations, sterilization and a microchip.

ASCMV needs donations of kennels or crates, dog sweaters, blankets (without filling, no sleeping bags), collars and leashes and towels.

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