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Lost & Found Pets

Lost a pet? Found a pet? We can help.

Bettie and her girl

Animal Receiving

You may bring animals to the following locations:

  • Eastside Shelter 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day
  • Westside Shelter 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day

Citizens must be residents of Albuquerque or Bernalillo County to bring animals to our facilities.

Finding a Lost Pet

We are proud to announce a high tech alternative to signs on telephone poles to help find missing pets!

If you need help finding Spike or Socks, or long for a Calico or Boxer, you can now access Pet Harbor's Pet Search to report lost or found pets, or to request notification if a breed in which you are interested becomes available at one of the Animal Welfare Department locations.

Once you fill out the information request form, you will be emailed automatically when an animal matching your selection shows up at one of our shelters. The request will last for 30 days.

Found Animals


Found a cat or dog? One of the quickest ways to reunite the pet with its owner is to scan for a microchip.

The following locations will scan for free:

  • Cottonwood Animal Clinic
    1101 Rio Rancho Blvd. Rio Rancho, NM 87124 (505) 891-2800
  • Northwest Animal Hospital
    1000 Alameda NW Albuquerque, NM 87114
    (505) 898-1491
  • Petroglyphs Animal Hospital
    6633 Caminito Coors NW Albuquerque, NM 87120 (505) 898-8874
  • Taylor Ranch Vet Hospital
    9401 Golf Course Road Suite D Albuquerque, NM 87114
    (505) 792-9666



Wild animals are an interesting and exciting part of our city and should be left alone when encountered.  If you come across an injured wild animal and feel comfortable handling the animal you can take it to Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of New Mexico (Wild Life Rescue Inc. of NM ) located at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park located at the western end of 2901 Candelaria Rd NW. The phone number giving all information about hours and directions is (505) 344-2500. The Phone Team, which responds to messages left, is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Alternatively, you may take the injured animal to our eastside or westside animal shelter intake desks on days and times referenced above under Animal Receiving.  If you are unable or unwilling to handle the animal you may call 311 and an Animal Services Officer will be dispatched to pick up the animal.