Admissions

We understand that sometimes, pet guardians find themselves unable to continue providing care for their pet due to unexpected life changes or unforeseen circumstances.

When this difficult situation arises, the best thing you can do is try re-homing 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.  

Please be aware that Animal Humane is a managed admission facility, with intakes by appointment only. 

Policies

Admission of pets to Animal Humane is done by appointment only at our Main Campus located at 615 Virginia St. SE. 

Admissions Department Hours: 

Sunday–Thursday:  10 am – Noon & 1 – 4 pm 

Animal Humane is a managed admission facility, with intakes by appointment only.  

If you have found an adult pet as a stray, we encourage you to first try to reunite the pet with their owner by having the pet scanned for a microchip at a local veterinary clinic & posting the pet’s information on Pawboost.com, Petco Love Lost & Nextdoor.com.

To schedule an appointment to surrender an owned or found pet, please Request an Admissions Appointment in the first box below. Our Admissions Team will respond to your request as soon as possible. If you are unable to complete the Admissions Request online, please call 505.938.7861 and follow the prompts. Please note that you will have to answer the same questions and your request will be placed in the Admissions Request queue. Calling will not expedite the admissions process.

Please note that due to an increase in appointment requests it may take longer than normal to return your call or schedule your pet for admission. 

Request an Admissions Appointment

The admissions process will take 30 – 45 minutes. Our trained and certified Adoptions Team performs a behavior assessment on every pet to determine their temperament & needs. If the pet being surrendered is unable to be handled safely by our Admissions Team, we will not be able to admit them into our care and will provide you with alternate suggestions.

Please note that due to an increase in appointment requests it may take longer than normal to return your call or schedule your pet for admission. 

Fees

We are a private nonprofit organization that receives no city, state or federal funding. We rely on revenue we generate to care for more than 10,000 homeless and at-risk pets annually. Admission Fees help us to offset these costs. To admit a pet into our care for re-homing, we require the following fees:

  • $45 for the first pet; this includes both strays and owner surrenders
  • $15 for each additional pet
  • For litters of kittens/puppies: $40 for the first pet and $5 for each additional pet
Dogs

The admissions process will take 30 – 45 minutes. Our trained and certified Adoptions Team performs a behavior assessment on every dog and puppy to determine their temperament & needs. If the dog being surrendered is unable to be handled safely by our Admissions Team, we will not be able to admit them into our care and will provide you with alternate suggestions.

Cats

The admissions process will take 30 – 45 minutes. Please bring your cat in a carrier if possible; we do not accept surrenders of cats or kittens in traps. We do not admit feral cats or feral kittens. For information on our feral cat TNR program, click here.

Paperwork

If you have an appointment scheduled with our Pet Admissions Center, please click on the links below to download the correct intake form for your appointment. Please print and fill these out at home, then bring the completed version with you to your appointment.

Cat Surrender Profile

Dog Surrender Profile

Adoption Return Profile

Stray Pet Profile

Need Help with a Medical or Behavioral Issue?

If you are considering surrendering your pet due to medical, behavioral or housing issues & need assistance keeping your pet, we may be able to connect you with needed resources.

Please send details of your situation to our Community Partnership Team at safetynet@animalhumanenm.org.