The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley is housing an unusually high number of Boxer and Boxer-mix dogs and puppies that have been brought to the shelter since the first of the year. To help find them permanent homes, shelter staff is appealing to a local rescue operation and to the public.
Since January, 38 Boxers have been picked up as strays or surrendered by their owners to the shelter. Some of the females had recently birthed litters of puppies; others were brought in as pairs or siblings, according to staff who note similar size, approximate age, and color markings.
“We can’t explain the recent spike in this particular breed,” said shelter director Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock, “but we are still operating over capacity. In order to save these dogs, we need to get the word out about adoptions. We’re also working with rescues locally and throughout the southwest that are able to take them in.”
Tuesday night, a litter of puppies were slated to board a bus en route to a Denver rescue, along with more than two dozen cats and a terrier-mix who had been waiting to be adopted since April of 2011.
“We look for every alternative to euthanasia,” Vesco-Mock said, “but the best prevention is still spaying and neutering your pets. We just can’t stress that enough.”
The Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley offers low-cost spay and neuter services to the public. For more information, or to learn more about adopting or fostering at pet, call the shelter at (575) 382-0018.