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Animal Welfare Department Waives Adoption Fees for 90 Days

Animal Welfare Department Waives Adoption Fees for 90 Days Animal Welfare works to reverse trend of decreasing adoptions amid COVID-19 pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department is currently experiencing an increase in the number of pets in their care. In times of uncertainty, community members are less likely to make a long-term commitment like adopting a new member of the family. AWD is working now to reverse that trend and find adopters and foster homes for the more than 600 pets currently in care. Beginning March 14, all fees for adoption are being waived for 90 days.

“We are anticipating needing to find fosters for 200 to 300 pets if we reach critical capacity due to increased intake and slowing adoptions,said Adam Ricci, AWD Chief of Field Operations. “We’re asking Albuquerque to give new homes to the hundreds of animals in our care—whether that means a permanent adoption or shorter-term foster care.

AWD will be waiving fees for all adoptions for the next 90 days for the pets available in care and in foster homes.  Standard adoption practices will still be in place, including background checks. Additionally the shelters are incorporating enhanced cleaning procedures to maximize the safety of the public as well as their employees, volunteers, and animals. AWD’s cleaning products and procedures are effective against animal pathogens as well as the novel COVID-19 virus.

To adopt please visit any one of AWD’s facilities during regular business hours.  Please visit to see who is available.

AWD is also looking foster homes to provide temporary care for all pets available for the program.  To sign up as foster home please email [email protected]


Albuquerque Animal Welfare is currently working with national leading organizations to continue to provide lifesaving measures while protecting the community and the pets in care.