Animal Welfare

Information about Albuquerque's Animal Welfare services.

Adopt a Pet

Adopting a pet can be a wonderful experience.

Animal Welfare Department is waiving all adoption fees until further notice

Search for a New Pet

Need to Surrender a Pet?

 Image of an animal shelter dog.

Thinking about surrendering your cat or dog to a shelter?

Know these important facts.

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

Spay & Neuter Program

Upcoming Events

View Animal Welfare events.

Dog Parks

Find an Albuquerque dog park.

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

Toys, towels and milk-bones 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.

Emergency Foster Program

The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (AWD) is looking for emergency foster parents to provide temporary homes for our long-term pets. AWD’s Emergency Foster Program is helping to support our lifesaving efforts during this difficult time. Being a foster parent will provide homeless pets with an opportunity to flourish in a loving home environment, rather than in the shelter.

If you are interested in the opportunity of becoming an emergency foster, please go to this link to sign up:

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.

Latest News

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