Get Ready for National Dog Week September 22- 28

 Celebrated the last full week of September each year, National Dog Week dates all the way back to 1928. What does this mean for you? Nothing. This week isn’t about you, it is all about dogs. Get your leashes, harnesses, treats and toys ready for a weeklong celebration of all things dog. While you love on your cuddly best friend, don’t forget about the less-fortunate four-legged angels looking for forever homes.

The purpose of National Dog Week is twofold — pay homage to the pups that enrich your life by showing responsible pet ownership and do your part to help dogs in need. We’ll help you make the most of National Dog Week. Now in its 84th year, NDW is celebrated all across the US with local events, belly rubs, and lots of treats!

Play Time/Visit the Park

Play time with your dog is important. Whether it’s playing a game of fetch or just running around the yard together, your dogs will appreciate the quality time with you and also get some needed exercise. Take a hike, take extra-long walks, play games like fetch or hide-and-go seek, and go for a scenic fall drive. Whatever your pooch loves to do, indulge him and have fun together!  Visit the dog park-if you’re lucky enough to have a dog park in your community; this is a great way to keep your dog social, active, and happy. It’s even a great way for dog moms and dads to socialize.

Go have some fun. Learn something new. Whether it’s practicing basic obedience cues in fun ways or doing an agility class, pairing physical and mental stimulation to reinforce behaviors you want from your dog or teach awesome tricks is a great way to bond with your dog.

WIN a RovR Cooler and Help Us Build a New Dog Park on Hardy Way

A RovR cooler, donated by ACE Hardware and valued at $399.99, will be raffled off at Mesquite Night Out, Wednesday, Sept. 18, where the lucky ticket will be drawn at 7:15 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

Mesquite Night Out takes place Wednesday, Sept. 18, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesquite Rec Center at 100 W. Old Mill Road. This free family event features free food and entertainment and is designed to celebrate police and community partnerships within the City of Mesquite, Clark County and surrounding areas.

All proceeds from the raffle will support the construction of the new dog park on Hardy Way.

Tickets are $5 each or six for $25.  Tickets will be sold at the event and are also available at the Mesquite Animal Shelter.

Adopt a shelter dog or rescue dog.  There are many dogs in our shelters and because of over population, and as a result, an adoptable dog or cat is put down every eight seconds in some areas of our country, totaling four million a year. Foster a rescue dog. You are making space so the rescue/shelter can take in another animal and you are helping provide a stable home for the foster animal. Consider making a huge difference in the life of a dog (or even a cat!) by fostering or adopting.

Spay or neuter your dog. If you got a puppy or kitten earlier this year and haven’t done this yet, please do! As we’ve already discussed, pet overpopulation is a huge issue in our world, and not only will it make a difference in this regard, it will also make for a healthier, happier pet! Dogs that have been altered are far less likely to escape, roam and get hurt or hurt others, and it prevents reproductive organ cancers and disease. It’s the law in Mesquite.


Featured dog- Roxie

Roxie is a Catahoula Leopard dog mix. She has a beautiful patterned gray/black coat and striking blue eyes. She was found as a stray and can be a little shy until she feels comfortable with you. She loves to play with tennis balls and be with people.

Other available dogs

Peanut Senior border collie/beagle blend. He is very protective of his people. He will do better in a quiet home with no children or other animals. He is happy to stay by your side and watch TV.

Chico and Rascal- 4 month old tan Chihuahua brothers. Very friendly and energetic little dogs. Love people and each other.


Featured cat- Rose

Rose is a pretty petite medium haired seal point Siamese. She likes being around people, being brushed and playing with soft toys. She does get along with the other cats but she may want to be the boss kitty. No small children as she can get a little excited from being petted.

Other available cats/kittens

Izzy- Shy girl. Would be great in a quiet home. Likes being petted and brushed.

Meg – Calico Friendly. Plays with toys. Very laid back. Loves being brushed. Talkative.

Paris -She likes being where she can watch everyone and what is going on around her. Not a lap cat.

Chandler- black kitten with small white mark on chest. He is shy but easily handled. He is very brave and loves to play.

Buddy- Senior cat. Very loving . Likes being held. Plays with the laser . Purrs all the time.

Tony- tabby and white kitten Shy and easily handled. Came with 3 other kittens

Lea – mostly white with some gray tabby Shy and easily handled. Came with 3 other kittens


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