ACTion Programs for Animals receives grant from Athletes for Animals

Thanks to the national nonprofit organization Athletes for Animals, more dogs and cats in the local community will be spayed, neutered and vaccinated.

The local nonprofit ACTion Programs for Animals received a grant in the amount of $3,500 from Athletes for Animals.

Athletes for Animals is a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide. The grant funds will help support the spaying, neutering, and vaccination of APA’s rescued cats and dogs, which primarily come from the Doña Ana County municipal shelter. Since May 2012, APA has rescued more than 2,700 animals, many at risk of being euthanized.

“We concentrate on taking the undesirable animals that other rescues do not take from our municipal shelter,” said Michel Meunier, APA’s founder and volunteer executive director. “These animals include those that are more at risk, such as large unruly dogs, long-term larger dogs, small timid dogs, Chihuahua and pit-bull type mixes, heartworm and tick fever-positive dogs, as well as cats and kittens. Cats and kittens are at the greatest risk in our community due to a lack of comprehensively supported TNR (trap-neuter-return) efforts across all the animal-welfare systems.”

APA routinely accepts cats, kittens, puppies and dogs from the municipal shelter using a small adoption center and the support of more than 20 foster homes.

Meunier said this grant will help APA in its efforts to rescue more animals.

“APA is grateful and honored to be chosen as a first-time recipient for Athletes for Animals funding,” she said. “The more support we have in terms of foster homes, volunteers and funds for veterinary bills and other expenses related to running our facility, the more animals we can save.”

Athletes for Animals is attacking pet overpopulation issues by using athletes’ public platforms to raise funds to support its cause. The organization grants funds to various organizations that demonstrate best practices in pet care and adoption.

To learn more about APA or to get involved, call its information line at 644-0505. Call the adoption center at 571-4654 or visit the center at 800 W. Picacho from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. For more information, visit and

About Athletes for Animals
Athletes for Animals is a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide. Their Athlete Ambassadors represent sports teams across the nation and are leveraging their public platforms to make an impact on the lives of homeless companion animals. They help broadcast the messages of pet adoption and responsible pet ownership, including the benefits of spaying/neutering, by lending their voices to the cause, volunteering at local shelters, attending fundraisers and making charitable donations. They believe that providing accurate information about homeless pets will help current and future generations make information decisions about their animals, leading us to a more humane pet population. Athletes for Animals is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization as recognized by the IRS. Visit for more information.