[slideshow_deploy id=’1329′]June 1-7 is Pet appreciation week

According to these statistics fromPetfinder, we sure do have a lot to appreciate when it comes to our pets:

  • Nine in ten pet owners say they consider their pets to be members of their family.
  • About 50% of pet owners admit they talk to their pets [note: come on, we all know that percentage is way higher], and 80% of these people stated that on those occasions, the animal seemed to respond by means of sounds, facial expressions, or body language.
  • 80% of dog and cat owners surveyed feel that their pet can sense their moods.
  • Three in four dog owners believe that their dogs try to make them feel better when they are unhappy.
  • 70% of dog owners and 31% of cat owners expect their dog to come rescue them if they are in distress.
  • While a solid majority of American households (57%) currently have dogs, cats, or both pets in residence, virtually everyone—more than nine in ten—would like to have either or both of these animals as household members.


Pets have a positive impact on their owner’s health. They help to:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Decrease /alleviate depression
  • Encourage exercise
  • Increase the opportunity for socialization


Knowing all that our pets can do for us, it makes sense to have a week to celebrate and give them a little extra attention. You may want to:

  • Spend some extra time cuddling you r pet
  • Extend their exercise time
  • Play a favorite game
  • Give them a message or extra time brushing
  • Make sure they are current with their vaccinations
  • Make sure they are properly identified with tags/collars
  • Spay/neuter your pets

Featured Dog- Chess What a sweet, scruffy face and charming button nose! Chess has the most amazing expression, as if he knows that he’s adorable but he doesn’t understand how or why he ended up in a shelter.  This little guy would love to go on long walks with you by his side every day. He would REALLY love to curl up on a lap to nap and watch TV, be brushed regularly, play in a backyard of his very own, go on long walks, sleep in his very own clean, warm bed and happily cuddle in your arms all day long if you have the time!  This little cutie really would love to become your best pal and loyal companion. Chess has a Cherry eye which will be repaired when he goes for his neuter surgery next week. This will not cause any problems with his eye. Can you please help us to spread the word about Chess and find him the forever home he so deserves?  GROOMED 5-17-14

Other available dogs-

Scooby Male 2 year old Chihuahua. Very friendly and playful.

Princess- Female 3-5 year terrier/Chihuahua. She is shy but loves going for walks.

Peanut- Female 6-7 month old Terrier blend.


Featured Cat- Turner and Tammy            

Turner- He purrs as soon as you reach out your hand to pet him. He likes little secret hiding holes and walloping dollies and golf balls around as well as wrestling stuffed animals into submission. He’s so quiet and sweet when you hold him that you may forget he’s even in your lap, except for all of the purring. He is all kitten and just a delight to be with!

Tammy is an adventurous and adorable little kitten. She is a love bug and happy to be held in your arms and will purr like crazy, that is unless there is something new that needs to be explored, then she will patiently wait to be put down and she’s off and running! She’s playful and inventive! She’s a fun little kitten who will be your favorite kitten forever.

Other available cats:

Nova- Female   1year old Tortoiseshell- very friendly and loving

Geno and Lela- brother and sister. Multi toed cats Black and white

Kittens- Assorted ages, sex and colors

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268.

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com