Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley becomes ‘no kill’ shelter

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The Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley has reached a 93 percent live-release rate for animals at the shelter, which is the highest percentage in the shelter’s history.

For an animal shelter to be considered “no kill” shelter, they have to have at least a 90 percent live-release rates.

Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley has reached that goal twice before. However, they were not able to keep the number for very long.

“In the summertime, its a lot harder because our intake is a lot higher well have over 600 animals in this animal center,” said Clint Thacker the Executive Director of Animal Services of the Mesilla Valley. “Come August to be no-kill then will be very difficult however it’s a continuing thing we strive for every single month.”

Officials said to help keep the number of live releases high that everyone should have their pets microchipped, spayed and neutered before the summer. 

“All I know is I do not want to euthanize animals that are healthy and adaptable and that’s what we’re striving for,” said Thacker. 

The center staff is hopeful that it can keep finding these animals forever homes.

However, they need the community’s help. Like a cat named Lucky, or as they call him at the shelter “the cat with elephant pants.” 

Lucky was adopted out, but sadly he was returned because he got hurt.

He now gets spoiled by everyone at the shelter and wears his elephant pants to protect his wounds. It’s animals like Lucky that need someone to adopt and care for them. 

“Hopefully he will not have to wear his pants one day,” said Hanna Mcintosh a Vet Tech at the shelter. “Hopefully he will find a home and they will be able to make sure that he doesn’t get injured again.

This year the shelter has been able to work with different groups and the community to try and find every animal a home. The shelter has participated in the Dog is my Co-Pilot where animals are sent to other states where they are more likely to be adopted.

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