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Information about Animal Welfare.

Albuquerque's lost and adoptable pets are our highest priority.

We are honored to help with pet-care needs and questions.

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Spaying & Neutering

Free Spay & Neuter Program

Upcoming Events

View Animal Welfare events.

Adopt a Pet

Adopting a pet is a wonderful experience.

Search for a new pet.

Rescue Groups

Many rescue and specialty groups throughout the state help our animals to find forever homes.

Learn more.


Frequently asked questions about adoptions, licenses, permits, and what to do if your pet ends up at a shelter.

Noisy Animals

Sometimes animals can get noisy and it can be a distraction.

Learn about reporting noisy animals.

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Shelter Information

Find shelter hours and locations.

Volunteer at a Shelter

Feel great and help shelter animals through volunteering.

Learn more about volunteering at an animal shelter.

Donate Items

Peanut butter and yogurt are always in need. Find out what items are needed at our shelters.

Fostering a Pet

Fostering a pet is a wonderful experience.

Complete a fostering application form.

Lucky Paws - Mobile Lucky Paws

Lucky Paws is the first municipal retail pet adoption center in Albuquerque.

Learn about Lucky Paws Centers and Mobile Lucky Paws.

Pet-Friendly Housing

Find a place to live that allows pets.

ASPCA Community Partnership Health Fairs - Successful Year

Results of the ASPCA Community Partnership Health Fairs.

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Employee of the Week: Carolyn Hidalgo

Animal Welfare Employee Rescues Dog After Tragic Accident.

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Make a New Year’s resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department’s “Happy Neuter Year” campaign

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®, “Happy Neuter Year” provides $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats

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Upcoming dates for the Spay/Neuter Blitz

Specials are being offered by Animal Welfare and PetSmart Charities®

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Volunteer of the Month: Carol Latham

Animal Welfare Volunteer Shows Sincere Compassion for Albuquerque’s Shelter Dogs and Cats.

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Saving Albuquerque's Community Cats

New trap-neuter-return model reduces euthanasia by 76 percent.

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Behavior Helpline

Animal Welfare offers new service to help you keep your pet.

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Training provides bonding

Developing a caring and loving relationship with your new pet paves the way for a trusting, successful companionship.

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Needed: Foster Caregivers for Shelter Pets

Help Albuquerque's shelter pet by becoming a foster caregiver.

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Pit Bull Ambassador Program

Training sheltered Pit Bulls basic skills.

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Free Straw and Cold-Weather Tips for Pets

Some helpful tips to keep your pets warm this winter.

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Serapes for Seniors

Free shawl (serape) to every adopter who adopts a dog or cat who is 9 years of age or older.

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License Plate Holder For Only $5

The proceeds will go to Albuquerque Kennel Kompadres to help support the spaying or neutering of Albuquerque pets.

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Be Part of the Solution

Spay & Neuter Your Pet at Animal Welfare

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