Dona Ana County Humane Society - Nonprofit of the Month September 2014

Sep 22nd, 2014

2405 W. PICACHO AVE., SUITE. 103 • 575-647-4808 • WWW.DACHSLC.ORG

Dona Ana County Humane Society Mission: The Doa Ana County Humane Society’s mission is to serve as an advocate for animals and their people in Doa Ana County, and to maintain an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion through education, legislation and leadership.

The organization is committed to reducing animal overpopulation and defending the abused.

Purpose: To get pets out of the shelter and keep them healthy and at home with their families. To that end, we administer programs that fill the needs other animal welfare organizations do not.

Key goals: To continue growing our programs that help low-income pet owners with emergency, quality-of-life and preventive veterinary care, provide free training for dogs coming out of the shelter and into their adoptive homes so that they are not returned to the shelter for behavioral issues and offering discount vouchers to senior citizens who wish to adopt a shelter pet. These programs have helped hundreds of pets stay healthy and out of the shelter, and we plan to help hundreds more.

History: The Doa Ana County Humane Society was founded in 1955. It is the area’s oldest animal welfare organization. We established the city’s first animal shelter and operated it for many years under contract with the city and county. We became incorporated in 1968. In 2008 we opted out of the contract to operate the shelter, and today we remain a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Key people to know: Kathy Lawitz, executive director; Jerome Dodson, president; Mike Garcia, vice president; Teryl Beck, treasurer; Ellie Choate, secretary; and board members Angie Brown, Christi Getz, Dr. Julie Chamness-Gray, Delyce Maciel and Angie Brown.

Events and activities: We organize the monthly Yappy Hour event the third Wednesday of the month on the outside patio and lawn at St. Clair Winery & Bistro. It features food, wine and beer, door prizes, music, games and more, and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Our major gala is the Critter Christmas event at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $50 each, or reserved tables for eight and 10 are available. It features live music, no-host bars, food, dancing,and live and silent auctions. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are also welcome at Critter Christmas.

Future plans: We plan to continue seeking funding to promote and expand our programs.