Upcoming Events


May is...

** Responsible Animal Guardian Month  **
(In Defense of Animals)

** May 7th - Mayday for Mutts **
(Always 1st Sunday in May)

** May 7th-13th – Be Kind to Animals’ Week **
(American Humane)

** May 8th-13th – Puppy Mill Action Week **

** 21st-27th – Dog Bite Prevention Week **



“Happy Tails” Pet Adoption Promotion @PetSmart - Saturday, May 13th - 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

The Humane Society of Southern NM holds "Happy Tails" pet adoption promotions on the second Saturday of the month at PetSmart, 2200 E. Lohman, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The organization features many wonderful rescue animals including dogs and cats, seeking a loving home from HSSNM’s foster program and from authorized individuals and organizations/groups. For information on the next scheduled adoption promotion, please contact HSSNM at 575-523-8020 or mail@hssnm.org.


Coalition for Pets & People Meeting - Wednesday, May 24th- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The “Coalition for Pets & People” (CfPP) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, May 24th at 5:30 p.m. in the Road Runner Room at Branigan Library (200 E. Picacho Ave.) Animal advocates and representatives of organizations share information regarding their programs/services, projects, goals and challenges for networking and support.

The meeting includes break-out time for six work groups or teams focusing on categories: intake & population analysis, spay-neuter, Saved by the Chip program, rescue/transfer, visitors/marketing & impact, and reunited in the field. The teams are established to help the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley, our municipal animal shelter, reach No Kill status by 2019.

The public is invited to learn more about the Coalition and its goal to accelerate efforts assisting the animal shelter in reaching No Kill status. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

For more information, please contact CfPP secretary Jean Gilbert at jigilbert@zianet.com or text/voice mail 575-640-6867


Red Brick Pizza Fundraiser - Thursday, May 25th - 11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m.

Here's an easy way to help HSSNM raise funds for the animals! Join us for pizza and other good food at Red Brick Pizza on Thursday, May 25th. Just mention HSSNM with your purchase that day and 15% of sales will be donated to us! It’s any time that day (11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.) for eat-in or take-out. If your schedule permits, join us for some social time and networking with eat-in at 6:00 p.m. The pizza selection is great, at a reasonable price. Menu info at www.redbrickpizza.com includes sides, sandwiches, ice cream, beer and wine.

Red Brick Pizza is located at 2808 N. Telshor Blvd. (575-521-7300) across from Sam’s Club, in the plaza east of Starbuck’s Coffee.

Help us make this a success!! Proceeds go to HSSNM programs serving animals. For information, contact Jean at jean@hssnm.org or 575-522-2529.

Recent Events

Critter Connection w/Micro Chip Scanner Demo - April 18th

Animal advocate Rick Hahn with his dog “Thor” demonstrate use of micro-chip scanner during a ”Critter Connection” humane education event on April 18th at Onate High School, with HSSNM humane educator Jean Gilbert assisting. The education session emphasized importance of pet identification, protection and safety for animals, and responsible pet care .


Las Cruces Community Volunteer Fair  - April 8th

Animal advocate Rick Hahn talks to a citizen during the 5th annual “Las Cruces Community Volunteer Fair” held April 8th.    HSSNM and Coalition for Pets & People members staffed a table for outreach and informed citizens about volunteer opportunities with area animal welfare organizations and agencies.  The fair was well-attended with many people stopping by the table expressing interest and support.


Cans 4 Critters Team at "Toss No Mas" Event - October 15th

HSSNM organized a "Cans 4 Critters" team for the City of Las Cruces "Toss No Mas" event on October 15th and collected trash for four hours. The litter clean-up site included undeveloped spaces or habitat used by birds and desert wildlife on Wisconsin Avenue, north of Toucan Market from Locust to Triviz Avenue. The team collected 12-15 bags (30 gal. size) of trash and 2 bags (13 gal. size) of discarded aluminum cans for the C4C fund, with money from reclamation proceeds used as "chip-ins" to help animals in need.

Pictured are C4C team volunteers Isaac Baquera, Kevin Wilson, Teri Wilson, and Gloria Hacker. (Jean Gilbert not pictured.)


HSSNM “Annual Members & Friends Meeting” - September 17th

Members and friends of HSSNM were honored to have guest Kurt Fenstermacher, Director of El Paso Animal Services as the featured speaker at the annual meeting September 17th in the "Great Room Hall" of the Unitarian Church. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and skill as a speaker sharing information on progress and reforms made towards El Paso's "No Kill" goal for their city animal shelter.

Above: Kurt Fenstermacher, Director of El Paso Animal Services, presents information on No Kill advocacy programs/services implemented and goals in reaching No Kill status for their municipal shelter.

At left, top to bottom: Musician Mark Courtney opened the program and entertained the audience with songs he's written about animals, including a lyrical piece about a much-loved feline companion who reached the amazing age of 21.

Attendees were thoroughly engaged by Mr. Fenstermacher's presentation, including a Q&A segment and discussion on Las Cruces community efforts to reach No Kill status in the near future

Desert Roots Art Gallery Music Event - January 22nd

Friends of the Humane Society and members of the public were thoroughly entertained by the musical style, voice, and talent of Mark Courtney in a varied two-hour program with folk, blues, country and pop songs. The event was held at Desert Roots Art Gallery on January 22nd. The audience expressed appreciation for the wonderful program with gratuities or tips, generously donated by Mark for HSSNM programs/services helping animals. Our sincere appreciation to Mark, Desert Roots Art Gallery, and all who attended this awesome event!

"Mutt-Cracker" Event by Michele's Dance Academy - October 17th

Princess Ruby, pictured left, presided as Mistress of Ceremonies over the 1st Annual "Mutt-Cracker" Event held at Michele's Dance Academy on October 17th. The "Nutcracker" themed event included a canine parade and costume contest, a pet talent show segment, and special dance performances by members of the academy. Kevin Self and Laura Vechione, owners/managers of the MDA, put on the event with members of the academy to celebrate Ruby's birthday, complete with cake for canines, and as a benefit for HSSNM. Our sincere appreciation!!



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