May 1, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Coalition for Pets and People, out-going Co-Chair, Tom Townsend, and Coalition Member, Emile Bourdet, to talk to us about micro-chipping and sterilizing your dogs and cats.
The Coalition for Pets and People in Southern New Mexico started a plan in 2012 called “Zero in 7” for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County to reduce pet euthansia. The goal is for zero killing of healthy and adoptable cats and dogs in the county within seven years by spaying or neutering them. The time left to achieve this goal is now less than five years. There are six communities in the county which produce the highest canine intake at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, they are: Mesilla, Mesilla Park, San Miguel, Mesquite, La Mesa and Vado.A Pet Smart Charities grant offers residents from these areas sterilization procedures for their pets for seven dollars. The mobile surgical procedures are also made possible with the help of the County Fire Marshall and Volunteer Fire Department. The Coalition also helps the community with spay and neuter education programs by visiting local schools. To make an appointment, call Emile Bourdet at (575)386-9212.