Dear Santa,

I’ve been pretty good this year. Please won’t you grant me my holiday wish? I’ve tried to be patient. But I’m still waiting for someone to love me. Could you bring me a new best friend who will play with me, teach me new things, cuddle me, and help me to be the best pet  ever? They don’t have to be perfect. As long as they love me, I will believe that they’re the most wonderful person in the world. And I promise to love them with my whole heart forever.

Make a list and check it twice- getting a pet from a shelter or rescue group makes the holidays twice as nice

Tail Wags and Kisses, the animals at the Mesquite Animal Shelter.

Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and loved ones, but it can be a stressful and dangerous time for your family pet. Now that the holidays are upon us, the SPCA would like to offer the following tips to help keep your pet safe. Don’t spoil the holiday season with an unnecessary medical emergency.

  • Hang breakables, tinsel, and other tempting decorations well out of paw’s reach. Tinsel, ribbon, and ornaments are especially dangerous to pets if chewed and swallowed.
  • Place holiday plants out of pet’s reach. Some seasonal plants can be poisonous, including mistletoe, holly berries, and poinsettias.
  • Watch out for electrical cords. Pets, especially puppies, often try to chew them and may get badly burned, shocked or electrocuted. Make sure your strands of lights, loose wires, and extension cords are out of reach.
  • Metal ornament hooks can get caught in curious mouths. Make sure ornaments are securely attached, and that no unused hooks are left around the house.
  • A Christmas tree should stand on a flat, wide base. Cats often see trees as excellent climbing posts, so be sure they are secured and not easily tipped over. Whether your tree is live or artificial, both kinds of needles are indigestible.
  • Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting. The water from the tree base can cause mouth sores, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.
  • Refrain from using edible ornaments on your tree. They can pose an irresistible temptation for some pets.
  • Keep your pets away from holiday treats, especially chocolate. Theobromine and caffeine, active ingredients found in chocolate, are toxins and can be fatal to some animals.
  • Pets and candles just don’t mix. Keep Menorahs and scented candles out of reach.
  • If you plan to entertain, provide a “safe haven” to which your pets can retreat when they get overly excited and there is a possibility of escape.
  • If you are going away for the holidays: make sure pet enclosures are secure, your pets are wearing proper identification, and arrangements have been made for their care.

DOGS- At this time there are no dogs available for adoption. Please check  to see when our animals are available.

Featured Cat- Moshi


Moshi is a beautiful dilute tortoiseshell cat 3 years of age. Moshi was found as a stray and taken into foster care. Moshi is now ready for a home and loving family of her own. She is a friendly lady easily handled. Moshi is a calm cat and a little shy but she comes running for attention and loves to be held and petted. She is thin and has started to gain some weight. She would do best as only cat in home.


No other cats for adoption at this time.


Please check local foster based rescue group We Care for Animals if you are looking for an pet at this time.


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