1962 - APAS was started by a small group of citizens concerned about the lack of animal control in Socorro. There were no ordinances, nor any animal control facilities.


1968 - APAS applied to New Mexico to incorporate as a non-profit organization.


1971-1973 - APAS began raising funds and searching for a location for an animal shelter.


1975-1977 - APAS assisted local veterinarians in low-cost rabies shot clinics. Dr. Theresa (Deinlein) Gonzales volunteered her time.


1980 - By this date, APAS had encouraged the city to hire an Animal Control officer, write an animal ordinance, and build a shelter.


1995 - APAS requested new kennels be installed and improvements be made to the old shelter building, such as hot water, sinks, and insulation. Continued attention caused the City to apply capital improvement funds to build an additional kennel building.


2008 - A department of Animal Control was created and a full time shelter manager was hired for the first time.


2014 - present - APAS continues its efforts to assist county residents with access to spay/neuter services for their pets. We increased assistance for spay/neuter services to $150. We also continue to help find homes for Socorro shelter animals, and to assist our local shelter.  APAS facilitates and subsidizes transport of homeless pets to neighboring states and rescue organizations.