Why Animals End Up at Shelters 

First of all, it may be helpful for people to understand that most animals wind up at shelters through no fault of their own. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, moving is the primary reason family pets are relinquished. And landlords that don’t allow pets are one of the biggest obstacles for renters with companion animals. (Big kudos to any landlords out there who accommodate our furry family members) Similarly, shelter personnel report that many companion animals are relinquished because an owner has died or is relocating to a senior facility that prohibits pets.

Other reasons topping the list include the cost of regular pet care, a lack of time, and allergies. Additionally, animals given as gifts (bad idea!) often end up at the shelter either because recipients are unable to keep them or the animals grew up and no one planned for them getting bigger.

Many animals come to shelters because owner cannot handle them due to biting, aggression, to strong, jumping on people, unable to house-train.

And it is a sad fact that litters born to unaltered animals often wind up in shelters — all the more reason to adopt from the shelter, as they come already altered!

Finally, one of the most avoidable reasons that loyal family pets find themselves at the shelter is because they got lost and did not have a micro-chip or tag to facilitate a reunion with their family. But unforeseen events can happen: Gardeners can leave gates unlatched by mistake, a fire engine can spook a pet to run, the wind blows the gate open  car accidents can send a frightened pet running, and tragically, animals are even stolen at times.

Needless to say, these perfectly adoptable animals are ending up at shelters through no fault of their own! So it’s up to us to help them get into loving homes and to take the necessary steps to keep them from entering the shelter in the first place.

Featured dog- Hawkeye

Hawkeye was found as a stray and no one has come to take him home. Someone has shaved his fur so we know he had a home. He is a gentle giant weighing in at 73 pounds. He is strong and would need an owner who could handle him on a leash and give him plenty of exercise. He loves people and is learning to play with toys. He knows sit. We are not sure about being with other dogs.

 Other available dogs

Hazard- Friendly easily handled. Needs diet and exercise. Was housetrained

Zeus- 7 months old Friendly full of energy Was housetrained

Bentley- Friendly likes everyone, Strong

Sonya- Strong. Knows sit. Needs Loves toys and playing in water.

Bruno- Strong but friendly. Knows sit.   

 Featured cat- Mr. Whiskers

He came from a home with an older couple. Mr. Whiskers is a quiet cat who likes nothing more than to watch out the window or the happenings in the cat room. He is about 8 years old and sometimes all the activity in the cat room is a bit too much for him. He likes drinking water from the faucet and just chilling. Do you have a quiet home where you could have the purrfect cat to just decorate your living space- he would be just right for you.


Other available cats

Paris is still waiting for that quiet home where she can be queen and watch the world go by. Special diet

Katy- beautiful lady. Quiet and shy. Loves being brushed easily handled

Sissy-Pretty colors. Loves playing with toys and being with people

Millie-BOBTAIL Never stops purring. Loves being held and carried. Super friendly


We will soon  have 3 12 week old kittens available. They can be adopted and go home after they are spayed mid September. They are in foster care now and not at the shelter. Please check the petfinder site to see when they are available. 

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. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl  and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER