Sometimes, individuals find it necessary to surrender their pets due to unexpected life changes or unforeseen circumstances. We understand that this is a difficult decision to make, and can help your pet find a new home.

Animal Humane is an open admission facility, with the exception of pets that could be a public safety risk (e.g. aggressive, feral, those with a history of injuring humans or other animals). We take in more than 4,500 cats and dogs annually.

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.



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 4,500 shelter pets annually. On average, the cost for a 21-day stay is $400 per pet. 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 first pet and $5 for each additional pet