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Westside Animal Shelter

Location, hours, and other information about the Westside Animal Shelter.

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Physical Address: 11800 Sunset Gardens SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121

Telephone: (505) 768-1975

Office Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kennel Viewing Hours Only: Tuesday through Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Animal Reclaiming: 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Citizens must have pets compliant with all City requirements and bring proof of ownership to reclaim.
  • A valid Photo ID is required with proof of address if other than what is on the ID.
  • Fees typically apply and must be paid at the time of reclaim.
  • Credit cards will not be accepted after regular shelter business hours.
  • All animals must be sterilized before release*, if your pet is not already sterilized it will stay at the shelter and have surgery on the next available date.
  • Some situations require special approval and must occur during regular shelter business hours.

* Only animals that already have a valid intact permit or animals from counties other than Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance, Santa Fe, Sandoval, or Cibola, will be released unsterilized.

Animal Receiving: 7 days a week, 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

If you change your mind shortly after adopting an animal, returning a pet that was adopted from the Animal Welfare Department must be done by the adopting party.