The Santa Fe Animal Shelter offers a variety of programs to help homeless animals and ensure that every animal who comes through our doors receives the best care and can be matched with a loving family. Here’s a quick look at some of our programs:

Veterinary services: The Spay/Neuter & Wellness Clinic at 2570-B Camino Entrada offers low-cost, high quality spay/neuter and vaccination programs to help ensure fewer unwanted puppies and kittens, and to help the overall health of the animals. Several programs, including Gatos de Santa Fe and our participation in National Spay Day, help support our efforts to reduce animal overpopulation through low-cost or no-fee altering. Our mobile clinic is a key component of our comprehensive effort to end animal overpopulation. The mobile team is able to provide surgery and care to an average of 30 animals a day in areas near Santa Fe. The Clare Eddy Thaw Animal Hospital, located on the shelter campus, provides veterinary care for the Shelter’s homeless population, as well as a separate section for companion animals from the general public.

Gatos de Santa Fe: Our pilot program provides free spaying/neutering and vaccinations for free-living cats. The focus of this life-saving program is Trap, Neuter and Return program where we encourage colony caregivers to provide for the cats once they are returned to their colony.

Behavior and training: Our Behavior Department is an important part of the behind-the-scenes work at the Shelter. Behavior Specialists test each dog before it goes into adoption to help make the best match possible for animals and adopters. These behavior tests give adoption counselors and potential adopters information to help make a lifetime decision. We have special puppy classes with a discount for shelter-adopted dogs.

New Hope program: This unique program helps find temporary and long-term homes for animals that might need extra time before finding a forever home. The program encompasses foster homes, transferring animals to other shelters where they might have a better chance of finding homes, rescue and hospice.

Adoptions: In addition to our main adoption facility, the Shelter supports several other adoption opportunities. We regularly hold off-site adoptions at a variety of different locations, including pet stores and other retail stores and during special events.

Resale store: Our resale stores, Look What the Cat Dragged In 1, 2570 Camino Entrada on the city’s south side, and Look What the Cat Dragged In 2, 541 W. Cordova across from the Coronado Shopping Center in the north side of town, features fine, gently used housewares, clothes, furniture, décor, artwork, jewelry, and more!

Humane education: Throughout the year, humane education volunteers from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter visit most Santa Fe schools and present to more than 1,000 students in pre-, elementary, middle and high schools. We offer a variety of options strictly geared to teacher schedules and, in some cases, specific teaching objectives. We also offer tours to the Shelter and community presentations. The humane education coordinator also leads our popular Critter Camp during the summer, offering children ages 10-13 an in-depth look at animal sheltering and helping homeless animals.

Pet outreach: Every week more than 40 Pet Outreach volunteers and their dogs visit hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement communities. These dogs are selected and certified for their calm behavior and loving nature. Their presence brings joy to children in hospital rooms and people in nursing homes. The special connection between animals and people is rich in teaching moments and unique stories from our Pet Outreach volunteers. Our newest program helps children with reading difficulties. The relaxed, nonjudgmental atmosphere created by the dog’s presence often enables a child to improve reading skills and gain confidence. We are certified by READ (Reading Education Assistance Dogs), run by Intermountain Therapy Animals.