ACTion Programs for Animals Adoption Events -

Are you planning on expanding your family with a well-trained member, for a change? Adopting a trained dog just got easier! ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) has joined forces with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility to bring graduates of the Prisoners and Animals Working Toward Success (PAWS) program to two adoption events at Petco on Lohman Avenue. The adoption events take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 26, and Saturday, November 12, 2022.

In partnership with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, APA has implemented the P.A.W.S. Program since 2016. APA focuses on pulling long-term large dogs from the municipal shelter to send to the prison for training. Dogs stay at the prison with their handlers – inmates at the facility – for about two months. Once the dogs graduate, they return to the APA adoption center.

“The program has helped us rehabilitate and train hundreds of dogs, most of which we pull from the animal shelter,” said APA executive director Michel Meunier. “We have a new in-house P.A.W.S. team that keeps up the dogs’ training and showcases them at adoption events. I encourage anyone interested in adopting a trained dog to come out and meet them at our upcoming adoption events October 29 and November 12.”

Invite a new family member into your home for the holidays by taking part in the Home for the Holidays adoption event. Adoption fees with be half-off from November 25 – January 1. This applies to all adoptions except small dogs. Come in today and find your new best friend.

Obey the executive director! Come out and meet the latest P.A.W.S. Program graduates at Petco on Lohman. There you’ll meet goo’boys like Angel, Butch and Tyme, who have all been waiting for their forever homes for over a year. That’s a year too long. They’re friendly, loyal, and best of all, they’ll be the best trained members of your family. You’ll also be helping the APA, a progressive animal welfare organization seeking to improve the quality of life for companion animals in Doña Ana County.

Since May 2012, APA has rescued more than 5,500 animals. The majority of these have been dogs and cats/kittens pulled from the municipal shelter. APA is able to do this through volunteer work of rescue/foster coordinators, foster families, and donations. For more information about APA, or to get more information about the upcoming adoption events, visit the website. I’m not crying, you’re crying…

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