April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Remember…We Are Their Voice

According to the ASPCA, every ten seconds an animal is abused or beaten.  Mesquite animal Shelter is proud to join the ASPCA as they celebrate 145 years of fighting animal cruelty. 

It’s a reminder to people to speak out for animals who they think might be abused or neglected. Here are 3 easy ways you can help prevent animal cruelty.

  1. Report animal abuse if you see it. If you witness someone abusing a dog or cat, whether they are physically abusing the animal or neglecting the animal in some way, report it to local animal control. Neglect may require an educational visit from an animal control officer. Abuse may require removal of the animal from the home. Either way, your call will guarantee a better life for the pet. The ACO’s will keep your name confidential.
  2. Learn to recognize animal cruelty. Here are some signs and symptoms seen in many of the cases investigated:
  • Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
  • Wounds on the body.
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals.
  • Limping.
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
  • Dogs that are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
  • Dogs that have been hit by cars – or are showing any of the signs listed above – and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
  • Dogs that are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
  • Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners
  1. Teach children to respect animals. Children learn how to treat animals from the adults in their lives. Be a role model and show kindness and respect to animals and the children in your life will do the same. There is a reason for promoting kindness: children who are cruel to animals often grow up to be cruel to people as well. Nip animal cruelty in the bud early on. Teach children compassion. Teach your children to treat animals with respect. By learning how to properly care for pets when young, your children will be responsible pet owners as adults. This may help break the chain of abuse. Explain why your animals need daily food and water, describe the benefits of regular veterinary care and show by example how to treat your pets with love.

Be kind to animals. Thank you for making a difference by preventing animal cruelty.

Featured Dog- Spot

Spot has lost his home through no fault of his own his owner moved and could not take him with him. He is a beautiful cream and chocolate brown color with wonderful markings. He is an energetic younger dog that is very loving. Spot is still learning the basic commands, but is eager to learn. He knows sit and fetch and doing well walking on a leash.

Other available dogs

Sam- 6-7 month Full of puppy love and energy

Featured Cat- Sabrina

Beautiful black long haired kitty who came to shelter after her owner died. She is shy but loves attention. She is not comfortable being held and snuggled but loves being petted. She purrs and will come when called.

Other available cats


Izzy- She is a little shy but loves attention, being petted and brushed. Not comfortable with being held.


Copper -Super friendly and talkative. On special medication and food ( few month supply will be provided). M 15 years old

Sweet Pea – 12Y F – tonkinese/siamese Beautiful colors and bright blue eyes. comes when called.


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. 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