May Tip of the Month

May marks the beginning of spring. This is a good time to make sure your pets’ vaccinations are current as well as ensuring you animal have adequate shelter for the upcoming hot summer months. Here are a few ideas and tips to make this spring a great one!

Springtime is usually the time when kittens and puppies are arriving. If you do get a new puppy or kitten make sure it gets off on the right foot. Make an appointment you’re your local vet for a checkup and shots. Make sure you have plenty of kitten or puppy chow on hand, as they have a big appetite. Handle and groom you pet often, clean their ears and trim toenails when necessary. Also make sure you have plenty of toys available.

This time of year we normally have mild weather and that means a lot of people outside with their pets. Remember we have a leash law for ALL animals in our city. That means your pet has to be restrained by you or on your if you plan on walks or hikes with your four legged friends…don’t forget your leash!

If you plan on going on vacation this summer, here are a few travel tips for your dog. Have your dog travel in his crate. It’s a safe and secure place for him to ride. Covering the crate with an old sheet may help to calm excitable dogs. If you don’t have a crate, at the very least use a doggie seat belt to keep your pet safe. Try feeding your dog a gingersnap before traveling. Ginger helps calm some dogs. Give your dog something to do inside his crate, that’s fun and distracting, like working some treats out of a Kong toy.

If you happen to come across a stray dog running loose, here is the safe way to handle the situation:

  • Never approach a stray dog, the animal may injure you.
  • Walk away from the dog while keeping an eye on it. Never run away from the dog, running may cause it to chase /attack you.
  • When a stray dog you cannot avoid approaches you, never look directly into its eyes. A dog may interpret your stare as a challenge and may respond by attacking. Watch the dog indirectly, looking only at its head not into its eyes.
  • Smile; dogs recognize a smile
  • Talk to the dog in a happy high pitched voice
  • Always ask the owner’s permission before petting their dog.
  • Remember when petting the animal, always slowly offer your hand first for scenting, bringing your hand up under the dog’s head.
  • Pat the dog rather than stroking it. Pats make it feel more secure.
  • Aggressive animals and animal bites should be reported to animal control immediately.

nolanFeatured Dog: Nolan

Nolan is hoping you will be his best friend for life! He loves to: go for walks, play fun games, learn new tricks, ride in the car and he loves toys of any size shape or color. He is approx. 1 year old and a poodle/Maltese blend. He was groomed on May 7 and went from shaggy to sleek. He is always ready to make new friends, and greet a smiling face and gentle touch with wiggles and wags. Nolan will add that little extra something your life has been missing until now; a fluffy bundle of love on four legs! Nolan loves people and would do best as the only dog in the home as he likes all the attention.

Other available dogs:

Marley female Labrador/shepherd with beautiful long legs.

Mittens 2Featured cat: Mittens is a very handsome boy who is anxious to find his forever home. He has had a lot of recent changes in his life and is feeling pretty insecure. He had a home and is quite surprised to be at the shelter and he is adjusting to his new surroundings.  He will benefit from a quiet environment where he can adjust slowly with some love and encouragement. 18 months old domestic short hair black and white with beautiful long white whiskers.

Other available cats:

Toby male 2 years old gray tabby with white markings. Very laid back, loves to sit and watch the world go by.

Frankie male 3 month old black kitten. Full of energy and loves people and playtime.

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, Sunday 1pm -3pm. 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.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and