Thank you for choosing to adopt a pet! Every year, thousands of dogs and cats in New Mexico need loving new homes. Your decision to adopt a homeless pet will save the life of your new companion, as well as the life of the pet we are able to care for next.

At Animal Humane, our experienced Adoptions Advisors will help you find the perfect pet for your family. Because we spend time evaluating and getting to know every pet, we can introduce you to the right dogs or cats that will be the best fit for you and your family.





Every pet adopted from Animal Humane New Mexico has been spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, health checked and loved.

  • Adoption Fees

    Every pet adopted from Animal Humane has been spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, health checked and loved. Dogs $120 for puppies 6 months or younger* $100 for dogs 6 months to 5 years* $35 for large dogs 5 years and older & small dogs 7 years and older $150+ for purebreds and highly adoptables *excluding purebreds and highly adoptables Cats $75 for kittens 6 months or younger* $30 for cats 6 months to 6 years* $15 for cats 6 years and older $100+ for purebreds and highly adoptables *excluding purebreds and highly adoptables Animal Humane New Mexico is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding. We rely on revenue we generate to care for more than 4,500 pets annually. On average, the cost of care for a single pet's stay in our shelter is $530. Adoption fees help us offset these costs.
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  • Adoption Process

    Please allow plenty of time to find your perfect pet. Once you have selected a pet, the adoption process will take at least 30 minutes. You may experience a short wait to meet with one of our Adoptions Advisors. When you arrive, you will complete a brief survey, which will help us find your perfect match! After checking in, you may tour Big Blue or La Casa de Los Gatos. Make sure to ask our team about any pets that are currently housed in our other kennels, viewable on a public computer. Read pet profiles as you tour. You will learn a little about their origin, personality traits/preferences, and other valuable information. Adoptions Advisors or volunteers can answer any questions you may have. Meet with a pet in one of our cozy Meet and Greet rooms. You and your potential pet can spend time getting to know each other. Here, every member of your family and your current pets can meet your potential pet. Once you’ve found your perfect companion, our Adoptions Advisors will walk you through the adoption process. Please note: We perform background checks on every potential adopter, and will not adopt pets to any person convicted of a violent crime or animal abuse. After signing our adoption contract, paying applicable adoption fees, and learning about our post-adoption trainings and services, your new pet will be ready to go home with you! Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and subscribe to our email newsletter! Bring your pet to one of our events, or share your success story with us! Consider becoming a treasured donor to our cause, and assist us in covering the cost of the loving care we provide every pet throughout his or her stay. Please note that in order to adopt your perfect pet, you will need to visit one of our two Adoption Locations. We cannot place holds on pets over the phone.
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  • Cats Around Town

    Cats Around Town (CAT) is our off-site adoption program created to help re-home cats outside the typical shelter environment. Animal Humane teams up with local businesses who love cats to place adoptable felines in their stores. This gives our cats even more exposure to potential adopters and allows us to care for more homeless pets at our Main Campus and Westside Adoption Center. Our Impact Since CAT began in 2009, 1530+ cats have been re-homed through the program. In 2017, the CAT program generated 19% of Animal Humane’s adult cat adoptions. In 2017, each CAT partner adopted out an average of 25 cats. How Does it Work? Animal Humane supplies CAT Partners with everything your company needs, including a Cat Condo, for your feline's comfort, as well as the essentials for quality, loving care. Additionally, CAT Partners are equipped to complete adoptions onsite. Become a CAT Partner today by contacting our CAT Program Coordinator at [email protected] or 505.264.5919. Please note: CAT Partners are not available as a location to surrender your pet. For more information on re-homing your pet or our Admissions guidelines, please call us at 505.255.5523 ext. 115 . CAT Partners Albuquerque Cat Clinic 7007 Jefferson St NE, 505.323.1460 VIEW MAP >> Jack & Rascal's 6001 Winter Haven NW, Suite F, 505.503.1779 VIEW MAP >> Clark's Pet Emporium 4914 Lomas Blvd NE, 505.268.5977 VIEW MAP >> Jericho Nursery 6921 Pan American Freeway NE, 505.508.5059 VIEW MAP >> Gamers Anonymous 10200 Corrales Rd NW Suite E-2, 505.899.2681 VIEW MAP >> The Yarn Store at Nob Hill 120 Amherst Drive NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 505.717.1535 VIEW MAP >> TLC Pet and Uptown Cat Hospitals 2632 Pennsylvania Blvd NE Suite 3, 505.275.3647 VIEW MAP >> Gamers Anonymous 1512 Wyoming Blvd NE C, 505.332.0717 VIEW MAP >>
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  • Meet Your Match

    Meet Your Match® Animal Humane uses ASPCA’s Meet Your Match® (MYM) program designed to increase the likelihood of matching shelter dogs (six months and older) with the ideal adopters. Animal Humane profiles each dog in our care, categorizing energy levels, learning styles, play preferences and other attributes. This valuable program helps you find a canine companion that best fits your lifestyle. This initial compatibility between dog and adopter lays the foundation for a successful long-term relationship with this new member of your family. Our Meet Your Match® program has two components: Our Dog Adopter Survey: Adopters will be asked to complete a brief, one-page survey upon arriving at one of our two adoption centers. According to the preferences noted in your survey, adopters will be assigned a color that matches a Canine-ality category. Adopters are encouraged to meet dogs with their same color given that these pets have similar personality traits to their prospective owners. Adopters may adopt outside their 'color' (e.g. purple, orange, green); however, our Canine-ality Assessment has a high success rate for finding the perfect matches between canines and humans. Our Canine-ality Assessment: The assessment evaluates a dog’s friendliness, sociability, playfulness, energy level, ability to focus, motivation and manners. Adoptable canines are given a color and description that identifies their personalities. Some are laid-back purple 'couch potatoes,' others are curious orange 'busy bees,' and some are action hero green 'go-getter' types. Source: ASPCA 2013 Couch Potato Like the easy life? I’m a relaxed, laid-back kind of dog who enjoys long naps, watching movies, curling up on laps, and walking very short distances from the couch to the food bowl and back. (Internally motivated) Constant Companion Looking for an emotionally secure, mutually satisfying, low maintenance relationship? I am all you need. Let me sit at your feet, walk by your side, and I’ll be your devoted companion forever. (Socially motivated) Teacher's Pet I’ve got it all — smart, fuzzy, four legs, love to learn and live to please. Go ahead, teach me anything. Sit, stay, balance your checkbook, I can do it all. Keep me entertained and I’ll be yours forever. (Externally motivated) Wallflower Shy yet charming canine searching for patient owner with relaxed lifestyle. Looking for gentle guidance to help me come out of my shell. Treat me sweet and kind and I’ll blossom. (Internally motivated) Busy Bee I’m a naturally playful, curious, and trusting canine. Take me for a big walk every day; give me something to do. After my job’s done, I’ll curl up in front of the fire with you in the evenings. (Externally motivated) Goofball I’m a fun-loving, happy-all-the-time, glass-is-half-full kind of dog looking for someone who loves to laugh and play around. Must have a sense of humor and time to spend with me. I’m on a mission to please you. (Socially motivated) Life of the Party I think everything is fun, interesting and meant for play, especially you. Anything you do, I’ll want to do too. With my own brand of surprises, life with me will keep you constantly on your toes, and the fun is guaranteed. (Socially motivated) Go Getter Want to get more exercise? My “Let’s GO!” lifestyle will keep you motivated to get outside and move. I’ve got tons of energy; and just like the sun, I’m burning and working 24 hours a day. I’ll run for miles, chase a ball for hours, and still want to play at the end of the day. (Externally motivated) Free Spirit Intelligent, independent, confident and clever, I prefer making my own decisions but will listen to you if you make a good case. We’re partners [...]
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  • Re-home Your Pet

    We understand that sometimes, pet guardians find themselves unable to continue providing care for their pet. When this difficult situation arises, the best thing you can do is try to re-home your pet so they won't have to enter a shelter. Entering any shelter environment is extremely stressful for pets and should be avoided if possible. Surrendering your pet to a shelter should be a last resort, not the first option. With dedication and effort, many people find success re-homing their pet on their own. Here are some tips on re-homing your pet: Post a profile of your pet to our Re-homing Community Connection. Be sure to include detailed descriptions and appealing photos to help your pet find a new home quickly.   Ask friends, family members, or other trusted individuals for support and explain the situation. They may be interested in adopting your pet, or able to temporarily foster him/her while you’re in the process of finding a permanent home. Do you have a certain friend or relative who has bonded strongly with your pet when they have visited your home? Contact them first! Begin searching for your pet’s new home within your networks: Your workplace, community association, religious organization, neighborhood, or any other group you are affiliated with; you can do this by advertising in an internal newsletter, sending out a mass email, or posting flyers with a description and photos of your pet. Use social media. Post your pet's photo and description to your Facebook page and local pages you like. Many people find success creating Facebook pages for their pets. Post a classified ad to be viewed by the general public, either online or in a printed publication. Popular options for Albuquerque residents include Craigslist and Albuquerque Journal. Do not list your pet for free. Pets who are listed as "free to a good home" are often endangered in our community, since dog fighters use free and stray pets as bait for dogs they are training to fight. Contact breed & rescue groups. There are numerous pet rescue groups working to help pets find new homes and keep them out of the shelter environment. View a list of rescue groups you can contact. Be sure to screen the family interested to ensure a safe, loving, permanent home for your pet. It is crucial to evaluate your pet’s individual needs and create a list of specific questions to ask interested parties. Most importantly, you will want to ensure that your pet will be treated humanely and provided with basic necessities. It is reasonable to request a brief home visit and rehoming fee to guarantee that your pet finds the right new home. People who are seriously seeking a long-term companion animal will likely welcome your efforts to ensure a great new home for your pet. Responsible pet owners will undoubtedly have many questions for you too, as they will be interested in obtaining detailed information about your pet’s behavior, temperament, and any medical concerns to determine whether or not they can commit to providing lifelong care for the animal.
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  • Working Cats

    Animal Humane's Working Cat program seeks to provide a perfect home for cats whose temperament is not ideal for typical house pet adoption. These may be feral cats who cannot be returned to their original location through our Trap-Neuter-Return program or fractious cats with experience living outdoors. Working Cats, like all adoptable pets at Animal Humane, are examined by our Donor-subsidized Veterinary Clinic Team, spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. Working Cat applicants are pre-screened to ensure an ideal adoption match between each cat and his or her new family. Frequently Asked Questions What is a Working Cat? A Working Cat is a feral or fractious cat whose temperament is not ideal for typical house pet adoption. These cats are usually former street cats who are comfortable outdoors and typically prefer little to no human contact. They are healthy, spayed/neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. What Is the Working Cat Adoption Fee? Working Cat adoption fees are donation-based. Your contribution will allow the successful placement of future Working Cats. Are Working Cats Sterilized? Yes. All Working Cats are sterilized, microchipped and vaccinated. What Do Working Cats Need? Working Cats require a permanent structure such as a barn, shed, stable or garage so that they have a safe and secure place to rest. Daily food and water must be provided. Please note that providing food does not impede hunting and that Working Cats do not always consume rodents/mice; rather, their presence, and the pheromones they emit, deters unwanted pests. Confinement for an acclimation period of 2-4 weeks is essential to ensure that Working Cats transition successfully into their new space. Working Cats require veterinary care as needed and any follow-up vaccinations & annual licensing/registration. Click here for our list of recommended veterinary practices highly skilled in treating feral and fractious cats. Can I Choose My Own Working Cat? We do not allow adopters to choose their own Working Cat. We strive to fit cats into the environment best suited for their needs. Follow-Up We will conduct three follow-up surveys with all Working Cat adopters, consisting of three short questions. These will take place 1-month, 3-months and 1-year after adoption. The answers you share will aid the future success of our Working Cat program. Testimonials Breeze, Working Cat Adopted from Animal Humane 2/7/17 "Thank you, Adrianne and the Working Cat program, for delivering Breeze to me. Breeze, now named Acie, was placed with me two weeks ago and she is now allowed out of her acclimation space. She has been enjoying the many places to climb and hide around the barn as well as enjoying all the mice! She is an adorable kitten and I hope she enjoys working in my barn for years to come." - Mallory Kelly and Klause, Working Cat Adopted from Animal Humane 2/23/17 "My two working cats Kelly & Klause are the best. The support from Animal Humane’s Working Cat program, and the loan of some crates, made this a seamless transition. As of today, our two new cats have eradicated the mice and are giving the rats marching orders too. I can't say enough good things about your program." -Denise Working Cat Application I want to adopt Working Cats! If you are a human and are seeing this field, please leave it blank. First Name Last Name Address City State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode [...]
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