April Animal Control Officer Week  April 11-16, 2022

 April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month

 In our community, the Mesquite Police Department’s Animal Control department provides assistance and support in a variety of ways that help animals as well as people. In many areas, like Mesquite, the Animal Control departments also operate the local animal shelters.

Animal Control officers work hard on behalf of animals and always have their safety in mind.

 An Animal Control officer’s job entails:

  • Investigating animal neglect or cruelty.
  • Apprehend loose dogs and/or livestock.
  • Rescue injured and sick animals.
  • Educate pet owners about the laws and responsible pet ownership.
  • Mediate disputes between neighbors over pets with communication, education and enforcement.
  • Assist with nuisance wildlife (skunks, raccoons) removal.
  • Take lost pets to the animal shelter where their owners can reclaim them.

 The position of Animal Control Officer frequently involves long hours and hazardous assignments. Animal Control Officers provide 7day a week service to the community and for the animals.

  While the duties are sometimes difficult, the rewards are great and come in many forms. The reward might be as simple yet gratifying as reuniting a lost pet with an owner.

You can also show your support by keeping your own animals safe and happy at home. Identifying your pets with a microchip and collar ID tag is also helpful in case your pet ever does get lost.

So, if you see your local Animal Control Officer, make sure to thank them for all of their hard work and tell them how much you appreciate it.

April National Volunteer Appreciation Month

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we would like to take an opportunity to thank Mesquite Animal Shelters amazing volunteers. If we tried to list all of our volunteers’ talents and skills, this post would turn into a novel. They have great hearts and are willing to do just about anything to help ensure better lives for Mesquite’s homeless animals.

Volunteers are devoted and caring people who give countless hours working with our city’s Animal Control officers, in providing the love that is so needed by the animals in the shelter. Some volunteers go in early in the morning and devote themselves to the cats by doing chores, feeding and interacting with the animals. Others go in early in the morning to work with dogs by teaching them basic good behavior, playing and exercising and most importantly showing them love and kindness they are missing from their lives. Other volunteers are on hand to socialize with the dogs and cats and assist with finding someone the perfect pet during day. Some volunteers choose to learn more than one “job” so then can contribute wherever help is needed most.

 Volunteers feel rewarded when any animal leaves the shelter to go to their new forever home. All would agree it is a labor of love and nothing makes them feel better than giving an animal a treat or throwing a toy for the animal and realizing this might be the first time they have ever had this experience.

 It has been said that volunteers are unpaid not because they are worthless but because they are priceless. They get paid with emotional dollars they can put in their personal bank of civic accomplishment.

 Featrued dog- Rex

 Rex is a 5 year old Border collie. This boy will be your best friend! He lost his home when his owner passed away. Rex is a faithful, friendly, affectionate dog. He loves attention and petting. He knows how to “sit”, shake and does well on a leash. he loves to play with balls, and will can cat them like a pro and bring them back to you to throw again ! Rex is a calm dog, is always longing for attention – he would be great companion! Your buddy would always be right there. Rex needs plenty of exercise to help him get rid of that winter weight and be in perfect summer bathing suit shape. Rex lived in a home with other dogs and cats. He would be a good addition to any home.


Other available dogs

Milo Extra large boy. Absolutely loves people and going for walks. Very strong No small children please

Leah- Loves being with people. She needs a secure high fenced yard or she will go visiting neighbors

April- Shy young lady. Needs someone with time to show her some love

 West- Small size cattle dog Calm, smart loves people and playing

 Featured cat- Izzy

This pretty lady has some extra weight to loose and would love to go to a home where his people will help her work on this. Are you looking to give an older kitty a second chance on life? After years of living with her person she found herself at the shelter when her owner had to enter a care facility. She has a sweet spot for people who love to sit quietly and read or watch TV.. She is a mellow girl and can be found taking an afternoon snooze on her favorite spot and would make a wonderful companion for a lazy afternoon nap. Do you know anyone looking for a nap partner? Maybe you?


Other available cats


Smokey & Shadow- Bonded pair. Very loving cats. They are shy and quiet. Love attention



If you’d like to visit with our adoptable pets, PLEASE CALL TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT (702) 346-5268. The shelter is open, but an appointment is required prior to arrival.

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