Simple Tips protect Beloved Pets

National Pet Theft Awareness Day, February 14.


This important day is intended to increase public awareness of pet theft as well as everyday responsible pet care

Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year: many abducted from their yards to be used in dog fighting rings, sold to research laboratories or puppy mills, or used for dissection or other sadistic acts. There are simple steps per owners can take to ensure the safety of their pets:


1) Keep pets indoors when not at home

2) Ensure proper identification with a collar and I.D. tag and identification microchip

3) Spay and neuter pets: sterilized pets are less likely to roam

4) Keep dogs on leashes when outside and keep cats indoors

5) Never leave an animal unattended in a vehicle

6) Ensure that gates are padlocked and fences are high enough and secure

7) Keep pet licenses current and keep a current photo of pets on hand

8) If pet is missing call the Animal shelter to leave animal description, last know location  

    and your contact information 


It is a tragedy that any pet owner should suffer the heartbreak of a stolen pet.


If you believe your pet has been stolen, do not delay in filing a theft report by contacting the local authorities. Pet thefts often occur in groups within the same neighborhoods, and prompt reporting will increase your odds of recovering your animas and preventing additional thefts.



Featured Dog- Harper

Harper was found as a stray. He is a yellow lab mix. Harper is very friendly and loves being with people. He doesn’t realize how big he is and can get a little excited. He is learning his basic manners and does well on a leash. Harper is learning to play with toys but he is just as comfortable sitting with you and keeping you company. He will need plenty of daily exercise.

Other available dogs

Max  a sweet boy, that is enjoys walks, and loves to play with his toys. He is a big boy, so a home with a fenced yard where he can run around would be best. Will need a high secure fencing as he likes to explore.  He is about 3 years old and very active and would need lots of exercise. He bonds quickly  to people and does not like being alone.

Koda is a gentle giant! He does NOT enjoy the company of small children. He loves taking walks, Nylabones, and getting attention. With proper introduction, Koda gets along with most dogs. He is house-trained, well behaved and an overall sweetheart! He has lost over 40 pounds since coming to the shelter and getting a healthy diet and exercise. No steps in the home please.

Peanut SENIOR border collie/beagle blend. Peanut does like other dogs; cats unknown and is housebroken.  He loves going for walks. Peanut would do best in a quiet adult home with no children. You need to meet him outside his cage to appreciate this dog.

Fera-Lovely lady. Housetrained. No other dogs please. She loves going for walks and belly rubs. She likes playing with toys and snuggling with her “person”She can be quite vocal so apartment living is not for her. Strong


Featured cat- Miss Kitty Miss Kitty-

Miss Kitty is a quiet gentle lady. She was a little shy but is easily handled and likes being petted and getting attention. Every day she wants more attention and play time. she would love a home where she would get lots of petting and be able to keep someone company .

Other available cats

Linus and Peppermint Pattie are siblings who were found alone with 2 other kittens. They lived in a home and were hand raised for 2 months and have become very well socialized. They love being with each other, other cats and are very people orientated. they purr as soon as they see someone. They play and play take a nap and then start the playing again. Wonderful little cats. They would do best with a playmate.

Katie 10 months old. Quite the purr machine. She loves playing with the other cats and being part of the group. She loves attention and being petted and cuddled. She is learning to play with toys. She is microchipped.

Pandora- 1 year old beautiful gray/brown spotted tabby. She is shy but loves attention. She will come when called and is enjoying being held and petted. She is learning to play with toys. Purrs all the time

Kiki Dee- Beautiful SENIOR likes to be left alone unless she comes to you for affection. She watches everyone and everything going on around her. Very talkative. Quiet home no young children please.


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