The Reasons Animals End Up In Shelters

Here’s a breakdown of the some  reasons dogs and cats end up in shelters


  1. Owners are moving
  2. Landlord doesn’t allow pets
  3. Cost of care is too high
  4. There are too many animals in the household
  5. Owners have personal problems
  6. Owners’ facilities are inadequate
  7. Owners don’t have enough time  
  8. Dog is ill
  9. Dog has been biting


  1. There are too many animals in the household
  2. Owners are moving
  3. Family members have allergies
  4. Landlord doesn’t allow pets
  5. Cost of care is too high
  6. Cats are soiling owners’ house
  7. Owners have personal problems
  8. Owners’ facilities are inadequate
  9. Cat is incompatible with other pets

Far from being tainted or unadoptable, it seems relinquished dogs and cats are simply at the mercy of unequipped owners or unfortunate circumstances. Often it’s a case of living in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The next time you or someone you know is thinking about making a furry addition to the family, consider checking out your local shelter. Many offer information to potential adopters about the animals’ previous circumstances so you won’t be in the dark about where they’re coming from. An adopted pet will be every bit as loving, loyal and well behaved as a purchased pet, even if it’s former home wasn’t a good fit.

Featured cat- Paris


Paris came to shelter when her owner could no longer keep her and brought her to the shelter. She is approx 4-5 years old. Paris never stops purring, loves to be petted and is easily handled. She loves looking out the windows and napping where she can keep an eye on everyone. While at shelter it was discovered that Paris has a chronic medical condition. She is on a special diet and will need to be on this diet for the rest of her life. If you have room in your heart and home for this special kitty please visit the shelter and meet this lovely lady.


Other available animals.- AT this time there are no dogs or cats available for adoption.  Please check with local foster based rescue- We Care for Animals at


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