Giving up your own pet:

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter wants to save as many lives as possible. We believe the best place for a companion animal is in their home but understand that there are times when circumstances change and a guardian must relinquish a pet.

We do everything possible within our means to accommodate the acceptance of pets based on both parties’ needs, however, our resources determine when and how many animals we can accept. If you need to surrender your pet, please call us to discuss the relinquishing process with an Admissions Counselor at 505.983.4309 ext. 1606.

Also,  please consider the following: A health examination, behavior assessment, and/or history review will determine if your pet is suited for our adoption program. To offset the cost of this evaluation, we ask that you consider a suggested donation of $50 when you relinquish your pet. It is not required but is appreciated if you are able.

Under our managed-admissions program, guardian-relinquished animals are accepted by appointment only. For questions, call our Admissions staff at 505.983.4309 ext. 1606.

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is currently at capacity and is working with a waitlist for relinquished animals. 

Want to try and rehome your pet yourself?  Consider this online matchmaking service.

If you’ve found an animal in Santa Fe City or County:

Call City Animal Services or County Animal Control at 505.428.3720. If you need to bring an animal in, please bring a valid ID and information about where the animal was found. Please note that Santa Fe City and County Animal Services have a contract with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and these  taxpayer-supported services operate out of the Admissions building at the shelter.

What if I need to return my adopted pet?

If you adopt an animal from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and discover that you are not compatible, you may return the companion animal within 30 days of adoption. Please call us at 505.983.4309 ext. 1606 to make an appointment.