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About Us

The Deming Animal Shelter, located at 2135 Onate, in Deming, New Mexico, is managed by the Deming-Luna County Humane Society. We have served the Deming-Luna County community since 1967.

The Deming-Luna County Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and three directors. Officers are elected annually by the Society’s members. Board members are elected for three year terms with one position subject to reelection each year. General meetings are held in March and September with elections held at the fall meeting.

The Deming Animal Shelter’s staff is comprised of office personnel, shelter attendants and one or more Luna County animal control officers. Volunteers also assist us greatly with animal care and other Shelter services.


Our mission is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the education of the public as to observance of City and County ordinances, the encouragement of responsible animal ownership, the support of enforcement of all animal control laws and the humane care of lost, strayed and unwanted animals.

Deming Animal Shelter Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays*, Thursdays and Fridays .......... 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays ........................................................................ 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Sundays ........................................................................... Closed

* The Shelter is closed the second Wednesday of every month for our regularly-scheduled deep cleaning.

The Deming Animal Shelter is closed in observance of the following holidays:

New Year’s Day                   Memorial Day          Independence Day
Labor Day                             Thanksgiving          Christmas

Contact Us

In Person:        Deming Animal Shelter, 2135 Onate, Deming, NM 88030

Mail:                  Deming Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 70, Deming, NM 88031

Telephone:       575-546-2024
                           After Hours Emergencies: Central Dispatch, 575-546-0354

Fax:                   575-546-0526

On the Web:


In addition for caring for lost, strayed and unwanted pets at the Deming Animal Shelter, we also provide the following services to our community:

Public Pet Cemetery
The Louse Coffiman Memorial Park, located on the premises of the Deming Animal Shelter, serves as a final resting place of over 5,000 companion animals. Burials are available for dogs, cats and small exotic pets.

Mary Jessica Fund Spay and Neuter Program
The Mary Jessica Fund is designed to assist lower income full-time residents of Luna County, New Mexico with the cost of spay and/or neuter of their cats and dogs.

Humane Feline Trap Rentals
Humane feline traps are available for rental for a nominal rental fee.

Classroom and Service Organization Presentations
We will gladly visit your classroom or service organization meeting to provide free  presentations regarding our organization, animal shelter and/or animal care.

Dog Licensing
City of Deming and Luna County, New Mexico dog licenses are available for purchase at the Deming Animal Shelter with proof of the dog‘s current rabies vaccination. Applications and licenses are also available for Multiple Companion Animal Site Permits, Guard Dog Site Permits and Commercial Kennel Permits.

Luna County, New Mexico Animal Control
We provide animal control sen/ices for Luna County, New Mexico outside of Deming city limits. 

Updated December 2012

Deming Animal Shelter’s Bark Park

Work is underway on our animal shelter’s new Bark Park pet exercise area located on the east side of the Deming Animal Shelter. The Bark Park, consisting of two adjoining securely fenced areas, will supplement our existing Outdoor Get Acquainted Area serving as another site for Shelter volunteers to exercise and socialize our dogs.

The fencing and water lines are installed and the grass seed is now in place. Construction of the two shade structures, one for each adjoining pet exercise area, will begin soon. We hope to complete the project by Spring 2013.

Mary Jessica Fund Spay Neuter Program

We now have a limited number of Mary Jessica vouchers available for full-time Luna County, New Mexico residents. The vouchers, currently valued at $50.00 each, are designed to help lower income pet owners with the expense of spay and/or neuter of their pets.

Ten vouchers are now available each calendar month on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to our current limited supply, we ask that your requests be limited to one voucher per month per eligible household.

Expanded Website

Thanks to the efforts of our wonderful volunteer Webmaster, we continue to expand our shelter’s website, . Be sure to check out all of our new features!

“Happy Tails”

One of our newest website features is “Happy Tails”. It includes an array of happy news and stories from our animal shelter. Do you have a story that you would like to share? Perhaps a successful adoption. Perhaps your lost pet was located by Shelter staff. Perhaps you enjoyed providing a foster home for one of our cats or dogs. Please email your story - and remember photos are always welcomed - to us at "deminganimalshelter AT gmail DOT com"  . Kindly include your name and a telephone number where we can reach you with any questions. Thank you!


The Deming Animal Shelter’s Adopt-a-Pet program was implemented on September 23, 2005. Since that date, over 11,000 pets that are available for adoption at our animal shelter have been featured on this full-page each Friday in our local newspaper, the Deming Headlight. It has significantly increased adoptions at the Deming Animal Shelter.

The Adopt-a-Pet page is also featured on-line on the newspaper’s website, and can be viewed on the Deming Animal Shelter’s website at .

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Deming Headlight and our Adopt-a-Pet sponsors. For a small fee, payable to the Deming Headlight, sponsors support our homeless cats and dogs by featuring a pet’s photo and a brief description in the newspaper. Each sponsor’s information appears with their sponsored pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in becoming a sponsor. Who do I contact?

You may contact the Deming Headlight, located at 219 E. Maple, in Deming, during the newspaper’s normal business hours. You may also reach the newspaper’s office by calling 575-546-2611. Please speak with Mandy at extension 2612 or Monica at extension 2611. 
What is the cost to sponsor a pet?

The cost is only $7.50 per week, excluding tax, with your four-week commitment.

If I choose, may I sponsor only cats or only dogs? May I sponsor a specific cat or dog?

Absolutely. Just make the Deming Headlight aware of your preference when you begin your sponsorship.

Can I sponsor pets in memory of a family member, friend or pet?

Yes. Simply inform the newspaper’s staff how you wish your sponsor information to appear in the newspaper when you begin your participation in the program.