LAS CRUCES — Healthy, adoptable animals at the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley can begin the day Monday, June 11, with additional hope for a long, happy life.
Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, executive director of the shelter, said she and her staff will do everything in their power that day to successfully participate in National No-Kill Day. But she said the community has to do its part if the effort is ultimately successful.
“We’ll rise to the challenge of National No-Kill Day if we can maximize adoptions and minimize intake during that 24-hour period,” Vesco-Mock said. “For our part, we’ve arranged a special off-site adoption event from 1-6 p.m. at PetCo on East Lohman in Las Cruces. We’ll aggressively facilitate adoptions from the shelter, as well as from PetCo in hopes of creating enough room to keep the euthanization room dark.”
Unknown, she said is whether the community will cooperate by taking a day off from dumping healthy animals at the door.
“The shelter’s success on June 11 will reflect the community’s commitment on June 11,” she said. “We’re all in this together.”
Tom Townsend, co-chair of the Doña Ana County Coalition for Pets and People said the uncertainty of whether a day without killing is possible underscores the priorities of the coalition’s efforts to achieve zero-kill status in the next seven years.
National No-Kill Day is a collaboration of individual shelters across the nation coordinated by Nathan J. Winograd and the No-Kill Advocacy Center. Winograd estimates that if every shelter in the United States were to successfully participate, 10,411 adoptable animals will survive the day.