Animal events calendar includes Cruisin’ for Critters and BioBlitz

APA dog wash
Better Life Natural Pet Foods at 315 N. Telshor Blvd. (in front of Home Depot) is hosting a dog wash to benefit ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) on Sunday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dog washes will be $15, and nail trims will be $5.

Enjoy refreshments while APA volunteers wash your dog(s). All the proceeds benefit APA’s rescued animals.

APA also operates the Furrever Home Adoption and Education Center at 800 W. Picacho Ave. They are open to the public Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m., but they are also available by appointment by leaving a text or voice message at 644-0505 or e-mailing at

Humane Society Annual Meeting
The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico will hold their annual meeting Thursday, September 24, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Ramada Palms, 201 E. University in Las Cruces. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and a no-host bar will be available. Due to limited seating, please RSVP by voice mail or text to 640-6867, or email

Cruising for Critters
Join ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) for their Sixth Annual Cruisin’ for Critters Charity Run on Saturday, September 19. Sign in is 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Elk’s Lodge, 3000 Elks Drive. Entry is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. All modes of transportation are welcome.

Several stops are planned, and there are two grand prizes eligible to participants who complete all the stops. The after party will be back at the Elk’s Lodge patio with free snacks starting at 4 p.m. and prizes/raffles starting at 5:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Triple Jack, and there fun prizes in categories such as Most Riders from a Single Club, Male/Female Coolest Tattoo, Bike with the Highest Mileage, and Participant who Travelled the Furthest.

The benefit ride supports APA’s ongoing work in Doña Ana County to help our shelter and community reach our No Kill goal. To this end, APA has rescued nearly 1900 animals since 2012, most of which were rescued from the municipal shelter. They rescue the animals who need the most help: cats, kittens, mamas with puppies, shy/timid dogs, heartworm-positive dogs, Chihuahua mixes, and many pit bull mixes. Besides shelter animals, APA also helps place many former abuse-case animals from Doña Ana County as well as dogs from research facilities when retired. Since 2012, APA has rescued and placed nearly 1900 animals.

For information on the charity run, call 373-0159. Learn more at, and follow APA on Facebook at

Asombro Institute BioBlitz
A BioBlitz is a daylong event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants and animals as possible. The Asombro Institute for Science Education is hosting a BioBlitz at its Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park on Saturday, September 19, from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Working with local scientist and experts, visitors will be conducting surveys of birds, small mammals, arthropods (insects and arachnids), plants and wildflowers, geology and rocks, herptiles (snakes and lizards), and bats. Throughout the day there will also be InfoBlitz, short presentations about the local flora and fauna, which will enhance your learning and understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert. A fun contest will be held during the event which the participants who have the closest guess to the number of species found throughout the day will win a fabulous prize.