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Animal Welfare Department Westside Shelter Admission will be Closed for One Day

New electrical box is being installed to support the new HVAC system
May 14, 2024

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD) Westside shelter admissions and reclaims will be closed for one day on Monday, May 20, while a new electrical box is being installed to support the new HVAC system. The shelter will resume normal operations on Tuesday, May 21.

The Eastside shelter admission desk will be open for emergency admission of stray animals from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  AWD will only accept emergency intake of stray animals, meaning animals in need of medical treatment because they are sick or injured and animals that may pose a risk to public safety.

No appointment is necessary for emergency admissions. Emergencies are: Domestic animals that are injured or suffering, having trouble breathing, bleeding, in pain or in danger of death. Kittens or puppies without a mom who are under 7 weeks of age or unable to eat on their own. A circumstance that interferes with your ability to provide proper care for the found pet. Behavior that puts humans or other animals at risk

AWD’s Eastside shelter will accept non-emergency stray pets by appointment only.  Anyone who finds a stray pet should schedule an appointment click here.

Individuals who find a stray pet that does not meet the emergency criteria are encouraged to do the following:

  • Finders of healthy stray pets are being asked to maintain custody of the pet until their appointment and look for its owner, as allowed per the HEART Ordinance
  • Have stray pets scanned for a microchip at a local veterinary clinic, or Microchip scanning locations(no appointment is necessary)
  • Stray finders must report the found pet to Animal Welfare by calling 311
  • Stray finders can ask neighbors and post flyers where the pet was found
  • Promote the pet on Pawboost, a free website and app to reunite stray pets with their owners
  • Finders are also encouraged to post information on other social media outlets such as Facebook, NextDoor, CraigsList etc

For feral cat information, please contact Street Cat Hub for assistance at 505-247-9357

Animal Protection Officers will continue operations to address public safety concerns.

AWD would like to extend a thank you to the public for their support as Westside shelter upgrades the electrical system box.

Shelter location:                                                                                                                                                                                      

East Side Shelter: 8920 Lomas Blvd. NE                             

Admissions Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.