Holiday Etiquette for Dogs & cats

  1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.
  2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.
  3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.
  4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:

– don’t pee on the tree
– don’t drink water in the container that holds the tree
– mind your tail when you are near the tree
– if there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don’t rip them open
– don’t chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

  1. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some discretion on your part:

– not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans

– don’t eat off the buffet table
– beg for goodies subtly
– be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
– don’t drink out of glasses that are left within your reach

Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:

-observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people’s houses.
– respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
– tolerate children
– turn on your charm big time.

  1. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON’T BITE HIM!!

Featured dog- Missy

German shepherd. Missy is partially blind and needs eye drops twice a day. Medication must be given in order to help keep what sight she has. She loves toys and being with people but she does not like other dogs.

Featured cat- Tinsel

Tinsel was found as a stray. He is a very friendly and loveable cat. He comes when called and loves attention. He has a tipped ear. He likes to be with people or just do the normal cat thing of resting and watching the world go by. He doesn’t like to pose for a picture must see to appreciate.


Other available cats

Paris – Orange/White Tabby  Special diet

Katy – (Sissy’s Mom) black/wh Friendly and quiet lady

Sissy – Calico Plays and loves everyone

Laverne – Calico  Super friendly. Purrs all the time

Big Bear – Chocolate Point Siamese/ white paws and chest. Friendly and loveable but may need to be only cat in home


The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 8:00 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), Saturday 11am-1pm , Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call – Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

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

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