Animal Humane is an open admission facility, with the exception of pets that could be a public safety risk (e.g. history of injuring humans or other animals). We take in nearly 5,000 homeless cats & dogs and care for another 5,000 vulnerable pets of low-income families annually.
The admissions process will take 30 – 45 minutes. Our trained and certified Adoptions Team performs a behavior assessment (SAFER® assessment) on every dog and puppy to determine their temperament. If the dog being surrendered fails our assessment, we will not be able to admit them into our care and will provide you with alternate suggestions.
The admissions process will take 30 – 45 minutes. Please bring your cat in a carrier if possible; however, 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.
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
Pet admissions are accepted by appointment only.
To schedule a pet admission appointment, please call our Pet Admissions Center at 505.938.7861.
Admissions Department Hours:
Sunday: 10 am – noon, Monday – Thursday: 10 am – noon and 1 – 4 pm
Admissions are accepted at our Main Campus only: 615 Virginia St. SE.
Stray pets are admitted on a walk-in basis as space allows.