Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the U.S. Sadly; there are millions of dogs and cats in the U.S. than there are homes available.

Startling facts and figures:

A six-year-old female dog can be the source of 67,000 puppies.

A seven-year-old female cat can be the source of 420,000 kittens.

You can help to keep from exacerbating the overpopulation problem by having your dog spayed or neutered. The procedure is simple and painless while done under general anesthesia. In most cases the animal can return home the same day.

In an effort to curb pet overpopulation and reduce the staggering numbers of unwanted animals at shelters and in rescues, we encourage all pet owners to spay or neuter their pets. There are a number of important reasons to have you pet spayed and neutered:

It increases your pet’s chances for a longer, healthier life by reducing the incidence of certain cancers such as breast cancer and eliminating uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer.

A sterilized pet is a better pet. They are less likely to wander and get injured while looking for mates.

Males who are neutered early in life are less likely to be aggressive. Females avoid the messy heat cycle and the barrage of amorous males at your doorstop.

Altered pets cannot contribute to the epidemic of overpopulation from accidental breeding thus reducing the number of animals surrendered to shelters every day.

Altered pets are less aggressive toward other dogs and cats, are less likely to urine mark and wander, and generally have better personalities

Many people have excuses for not having their pets altered:

Some may think that their pet will get fat and lazy. Although spaying and neutering may diminish the pet’s overall activity level, tendency to wander, and increase appetite, pets that become fat and lazy after being altered are usually overfed and under exercised.

Some may be concerned that their pet’s personality will change, but any change would be for the better.

Finally, many people are concerned about the risks of anesthesia. Although there is always a slight risk involved, the anesthetics currently used by veterinarians are very safe.

Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

Mesquite City Ordinance


Subject to the exceptions provided in this chapter, no person shall harbor within the city of Mesquite any dog or cat over the age of six (6) months that has not been spayed or neutered. For purposes of this section and chapter, “harbor” means legal ownership, of the providing of regular care or shelter, protection, refuge or nourishment, or medical treatment; provided however that the term shall not include the providing of nourishment to a stray or feral cat or dog. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)

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Featured dog- Kruz

Kruz is a male 5 month old pit bull terrier. He is full of puppy energy and eager to learn. He loves people and spending time with you. He has learned to sit and stay on command and is doing well with his leash training. He is very attentive and wants to please.

Other available dogs- there are no other dogs available for adoption at the time this article was submitted.



Featured cats- Napoleon

Napoleon a chocolate point Siamese. He is 3-4 years old. He lost his home due to a move and is a little lost. He is a beautiful boy with striking markings. He would do better in a quiet home where he can settle in to a new family and routine.

Other available cats

Zachary- 6 year old buff and white male. He is a very laid back gentle cat. Loves people.

Sissy- 2 year old female. she lost her home when her owner passed away. She is shy and would do best in a quiet home.

Buddy- 5 year old Russian blue DECLAWED in front. Very talkative and loves people.

Friends of Mesquite Animal Shelter has nice items you can purchase for your pets available at the animal shelter. We have a large assortment of shirts, sweaters and coats. Many with holiday designs. We have crates, collars, leashes, bowls and other pet related items. There is also a large variety of all occasion cards available.

Check out these items from 11-1 Mon-Sat and 1-3 on Sunday. Cash or check only and all money goes to help the animals.

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

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 changed 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