To find your next companion, click on one of the following categories to view a list of available animals. We keep these lists up to date every day.

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We’re open until 6 p.m. daily! More time to fall in love!

Take a visual tour of our Adoptions Center!

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If you have made the careful decision to bring a companion animal into your life, chances are that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter has a dog, cat, kitten, puppy, ferret, rabbit, guinea pig, or other fuzzy critter that will match your home and lifestyle.

Matchmaking is an important part of our adoption process, and we pride ourselves on helping hopeful animal lovers find a companion that will fit their lifestyle. Before choosing your new companion, think about how much time you have to spend with him. Consider the time involved: a healthy puppy can live for 15 to 20 years! Remember that settling in a new four-legged family member can take some time and adjustment. Bear in mind that just like us, your companion animal will need food and supplies and have to visit a doctor from time to time.

We invite you to visit our animals in the Shelter, at our satellite adoption facility inside PetSmart (3561 Zafarano Drive) or online. Once you have an idea what you’re looking for, one of our adoption counselors will visit with you and share some ideas about which of our residents would be best suited to you.

All animals are spayed or neutered and microchipped before leaving and receive the required age-appropriate vaccines. For your convenience, the required licenses for City and County residents are available at the Shelter as you adopt!

Adoption is a partnership between the adopter, the Shelter and the animal. We are committed to making that partnership work for everyone.

Can’t decide on that perfect companion for your loved one?  Give them a gift certificate from the Adoptions desk and let them make the match! Add some extra money and they can go on a shopping spree in the Adoptions general store and get everything they need for their new pet. Ask an Adoptions counselor about certificates.

Community Adoption Events

The Santa Fe animal shelter is committed to our local and regional community. In an attempt to reach people who may find it difficult to get to our Shelter campus we bring our animals into the community as often as possible. We maintain a calendar several weeks in advance and encourage people to come meet our dogs outside of the shelter. We also participate in statewide adoption events that appear on the calendar. If you like the idea of seeing our animals in the community, call our offsite coordinator at 983-4309 ext. 1231 about opportunities to volunteer and help bring more of our animals out and about.

Adoption forms
Click here to download a Dog Adoption Survey form.

Click here to download a Cat Adoption Survey form.

To fill out an adoption form online, please click HERE.


(Please Note: all vaccines are administered as age- and health-appropriate.)

Companion Animal Adoption Fees

Our companion animal adoption fees vary and are dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition and public demand. We waive or reduce the adoption fee for many animals in our shelter thanks to generous supporters who sponsor the animal’s adoption fee. Other animals – those we call Shelter Heroes – often carry a high adoption fee, which helps offset the costs of care and treatment of those animals who have a more difficult time finding the right family.

Donations, along with adoption fees, help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals who come through our doors. We try to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to care for all animals in our care until we can place them in a loving home.

All animals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Holds are available when the animal is ready for adoption. Please read How to Place an Animal on Hold.

Shelter Heroes

Some of the animals in our adoption center are Shelter Heroes. These dogs/cats are those who are in high demand and quickly find a loving home. You will notice that our Shelter Hero animals have a higher adoption price – this is because they leave a financial legacy for the other animals in our care who may need extensive medical care or more time to find a loving home.

Shelter Heroes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Paid holds are available when the dog/cat is ready for adoption. Please read How to Place an Animal on Hold.

How to Place an Animal on Hold

If you cannot visit our shelter right away, we offer an adoption hold program for your convenience. You may place a paid hold on an available animal by phone or in person during business hours (9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily.) The following fees apply: First hold, $35; second hold, $15*. (Please read the following scenarios.)

Scenarios: A first hold is good until close of business the following day. For example, if you place a hold at any time on Monday, it would be good until the adoption center closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A second hold will go into effect the morning after a first hold expires and will be good until close of business the same day. For example, if a first hold expires on Friday; the second hold would come into effect when we open at 9 a.m. on Saturday and would remain in effect until the adoption center closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

To place an animal on hold, call 505-983-4309, ext. 1610 during business hours to speak with an Adoption Counselor. Business hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (with the exception of major holidays.)

*Hold fees are non-refundable and are not applied toward the adoption fee.

Dogs and cats within Santa Fe are required to be licensed, and dogs within Santa Fe County are required to be licensed.

Rabbits & Ferrets $35

Guinea Pigs and Rats $15

Small Rodents $5

Pets for Vets Program

In honor of those who have served our country, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter offers a special program for veterans, Pets for Vets. Those who have served or are serving in our armed forces are eligible for 50 percent off the adoption fee of all animals, including puppies, kittens and Shelter Heroes. It is our hope that members of our armed forces will find comfort and peace through the companionship of a homeless animal from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Microchip registration and licensing fees apply.

Baby Boomer Buddies Program

Adoption fees are 50 percent off for all companion animals for adopters over the age of 65 
(microchip registration and licensing fees apply).

Sponsor an Animal

Sponsoring an animal is one of the greatest ways you can give to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. By sponsoring an animal, you not only make a direct difference in the life of one of our Shelter residents, you also support our mission.

There are many reasons to sponsor an animal. Sometimes, a staff member, volunteer or community member selects an animal to sponsor because the animal is special to them or in hopes the animal will find a loving home sooner. Some schools, groups or classrooms raise money to sponsor an animal and follow their success as a special project.

Sponsorships help all pets who come to the Shelter by off-setting the costs of providing food, shelter, spay/neuter surgery and veterinary care. Because adoption fees cover only a fraction of our expenses, we rely on private donations to make sure every animal receives proper care.

We have several options for people who would like to sponsor an animal:

Bronze Sponsorship – Sponsor an animal’s adoption fee for one month. These animals will have signs on their kennels indicating that their adoption fee is waived. After the sponsorship expires, the animal can be re-sponsored. Sponsorship donations vary by the animal’s breed, size or length of stay in the Shelter.

Silver Sponsorship – For an additional $100, the Silver Sponsorship’s name is reflected on the sign that indicates the animal’s adoption fee is being sponsored. These sponsorships, which also run one month, vary by the animal’s breed, size or length of stay at the Shelter.

Gold Sponsorship – By sponsoring an animal’s full cost while at the Shelter, Gold Sponsorships have an opportunity to help not just one animal, but all! The $450 monthly sponsorship fee supports the potential adoption of one of our residents through Facebook and website postings, along with print and other advertising. The sponsor’s name is also indicated on the animal’s kennel.

To sponsor an animal, please call our Adoptions Desk at 505-983-4309 ext. 1610.

License your Pet

Please go HERE for licensing fees and detailed information.

Hours of Operation

Please note: Animals for adoption or lost animals may only be visited during Kennel hours of operation.

Adoption Desk:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Adoption Kennel hours (for viewing):
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Admissions Desk:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Receiving Kennel hours (for viewing):
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

For more information about adoptable animals, please call 983-4309 ext. 610.