Southern New Mexico P.A.W.S (Prisoners and Animals Working toward Success) provides education and life skills for both inmates and dogs, resulting in permanent, loving and caring homes for the dogs and teaching inmates to become productive citizens with patience, compassion and understanding of others.
P.A.W.S is made possible through NMCD’s partnership with ASCMV (Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley). ASCMV will provide adoptable shelter dogs to the prison where they will live with inmates full-time. Dogs will be trained by inmates in basic obedience and manners for a period of approximately 8 weeks. Upon successful completion of training, dogs will be adopted to families by an application process.
P.A.W.S is funded strictly through donations from citizens and non-profit organizations throughout New Mexico.
Prison dog programs are becoming more and more prevalent across the country.
This program is a true commitment to recidivism reduction by NMCD and will help our extremely high euthanasia rates in New Mexico.
How it Works
How to Adopted Dog
Click here for Application to Adopt Dog; Send all applications to Renee Waskiewicz at Renee.Waskiewicz@state.nm.us
Check out these great photos of some of our dogs in their forever homes!
We love to hear updates from our former guests!
Please send your adoption photos and stories to Renee.Waskiewicz@state.nm.us .
P.O. Box 639
1983 Joe R. Silva Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88004-0639
Send all applications to Renee Waskiewicz
Application to Apdopt Dog; Download and email or fax application