Shelters & Services

Information about Albuquerque shelters and services offered.

Shelter Locations and Hours

Find animal shelters in Albuquerque.

Shelters at Capacity

In order to better manage our shelters and care for the thousands of stray animals that come through our doors each year, we are asking people who want to surrender a pet to speak with an Animal Welfare representative before bringing your pet in. If you must surrender a pet immediately, bring it to one of our animal shelters. If you are willing to help us deal with our capacity problem, we ask that you voluntarily go on a waiting list by calling 311 (768-2000)  and giving your name and telephone number to a 311 operator. You will be contacted within one to three days.

View our list of available spay and neuter resources.

We appreciate folks working with us to help their pets as well as the 1,000 other animals we currently have in our care.

Animal Intake and Receiving

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD) ONLY accepts animals from people residing in the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Town of Bernalillo, and the Village of Los Ranchos, to include animals found within these jurisdictions.  Bernalillo County includes the areas listed below. Valid identification is required to drop off all animals.

  • Carnuel
  • Tijeras
  • Sandia Park
  • Cedar Crest
  • South Valley

If you reside outside of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, Town of Bernalillo, or Los Ranchos, and need to relinquish your animal or have found a stray animal, you must contact the local animal shelter in that area:

Rio Rancho Animal Shelter:
3441 Northern Blvd 87124
505-891-5075

Corrales Animal Shelter:
4324 Corrales Rd PO Box 707 87048
505-898-0401

Sandoval County Animal Control
PO Box 40 Bernalillo NM 87004
505-867-0245

Los Lunas Animal Shelter
PO Box 1209 Los Lunas NM 87031
505-865-1377

Belen Animal Shelter
607 Becker Av Belen NM 87002
505-865-7501

Valencia County Animal Control
1209 Highway 314 Los Lunas NM 87031
505-866-2479

Edgewood Animal Control
PO Box 3610 Edgewood NM 87015
505-286-4518 ext 4

Moriarty/Estancia Valley Regional Animal Shelter
83 Galloway Rd Moriarty NM 87035
505-832-9597

Mobile Lucky Paws

Hours and locations vary. See Animal Welfare Events for locations.