Mi Perro es Familia (not just for perros!)

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter works hard to keep families and their pets together! Are you experiencing an issue with your family pet? Let’s talk! Do you have questions about your pet? We can help!

Here’s what we can do!

• Free behavior helpline.
• Free dog training classes.
• Free one-on-one behavior troubleshooting.
• Fencing issues?  We can come to your house and problem solve with you, and in some cases, can help fix your fence.
• We can help improve your dog’s outdoor living situation by providing dog houses (if available).

How do I get started?

• Call our Community Outreach office at 505-474-0515.
• One of our friendly staff will obtain information from you about the pet issue you are dealing with.
• We will arrange a home visit so we can come over and meet you and your pet.
• We’ll start problem-solving!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

Gatos de Santa Fe

Feral cats, also known as community cats, are a part of our urban landscape.

They can be found in every neighborhood. We understand that these cats may be considered a nuisance, and some citizens may want them gone immediately. The problem with this approach is that removing the cats is only a temporary fix; other cats may take the place of those removed because of available resources. Most of the behaviors that lead to complaints are because of uncontrolled breeding and the behaviors associated with intact cats.
It is our belief, and the purpose of this program, that the number of community cats must be controlled. However, we know that catching and removing the cats from their habitat does NOT control the populations long-term, zimmerbut sterilizing the cats WILL, ultimately, reduce the number of community cats in Santa Fe.

We’re partnering with the Zimmer Feline Foundation to provide free spay/neuter for all feral cats altered through our TNR program.

Our goal is to provide humane, non-lethal solutions!

IMG_2092Trapping and sterilizing the feral cats is referred to as TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return). The TNR approach sterilizes cats and then returns them to the location where they were trapped, as opposed to leaving them alone. Our TNR program provides:

  • free spaying/neutering, a rabies vaccination, and a tip on the left ear,
  • information and tools to help keep unwanted cats away from your home and property,
  • trap rentals so you can trap the feral cats in your area and bring them in for spay/neuter,
  • and, assistance in trapping large colonies (over 10 cats).

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A cat with his/her left ear tipped means that the cat is spay/neutered, vaccinated, and part of a colony. (See photo, left)

Trapping Information

If you are trapping community cats in your area, please click on the following links for helpful information:

Trapping Guidelines

Safe Transporting of Community Cats

Safe holding areas before and after surgery

Post-Surgery Checklist and Reminders

For common questions associated with our TNR program, please click here:  Community Cat FAQ

Volunteer with our Gatos de Santa Fe Program!

Assisting with the trapping and releasing of community cats is fun and rewarding. If you have a clean driving record, can work independently, and can represent Santa Fe Animal Shelter in a professional manner, we would love to hear from you.  Through volunteering you can help neighbors with their community cat issues, and help the cats live a healthier life. For more information, contact our Community Outreach Program at outreach@sfhumanesociety.org or 505-474-0515 or click here to fill out an application.

Gatos de Santa Fe Trapping Program!

The Gatos de Santa Fe team can come to your area to assist in the trapping of Community Cats if there are 10 or more cats living in the colony.  To obtain information about whether the community cats in your area qualify for trapping through the Gatos de Santa Fe program, please contact Mike Mason at mmason@sfumanesociety.org, or 505-474-0515.

Barn Cat

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter occasionally has cats that don’t qualify as adoption candidates but still need dependable care. Barn living is the perfect scenario for feral and semi-feral cats that thrive in an outdoor setting but need the same basic care as a house cat.

Interested parties should understand there are some basic care/housing guidelines they must agree to before obtaining a barn cat from the shelter.

  • The cat must be enclosed in an outbuilding or barn for two to three weeks while they adjust to their new surroundings.
  • They must have access to clean water and be fed on a daily basis. We recommend canned food during the two to three week adjustment period.
  • They must have a permanent shelter from the elements.
  • Please be sure to give the cat space while he or she becomes comfortable in their new home.
  • A litter box should be provided for the cat. This is especially important during the adjustment period.

Although we occasionally have non-feral cats in our barn cat program, most are categorized as feral or semi-feral. This means the cat will most likely want nothing to do with humans, will never be handled, and may appear to be aggressive. These cats have been known to become more socialized/tame, but it should not be expected.

For more information about our Gatos de Santa Fe or Barn Cat program please contact our Community Outreach program at outreach@sfhumanesociety.org or 505-474-0515.