Updated on May 17, 2022

The combined fires in northern New Mexico have devastated our communities. For people that have been evacuated or who are evacuating with their pets, the following resources are available. Please note that the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is working alongside evacuated shelters to ensure that homeless animals have safety and comfort during this time. Due to critical space issues the shelter cannot accept owned dogs at this time. Limited space is available at the shelter for owned cats. The following resources may change and will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Humane Society of the United States is in northern New Mexico. HSUS is opening a center for the pets of evacuated people at the Zamora Trail Event Center (1 Santa Fe Trail, Las Vegas, NM). The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is stocking HSUS shelves with food and animal related supplies.

If you need evacuation assistance or have questions, and are outside of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s service area, please contact Diane at 202-570-6984.

For families that have been displaced and are in need of pet food, cat litter or other supplies, please call Admissions at 505-983-4309 extension 1606. 

New Mexico is in fire season. Be prepared. By creating your own action plan, you will be better prepared to react quickly and safely during a wildfire emergency.

For the latest fire information available on state, private, federal, or tribal lands, please visit the NM Fire Info website: https://nmfireinfo.com/

For an interactive story map that includes the evacuation map and more, click here or scan the QR code in the image. https://tinyurl.com/HermitsPeak

Temporary Shelters

Santa Fe Animal Shelter (cats only)
Address: 100 Caja del Rio Rd. Santa Fe, NM
Contact: Admissions at 505-983-4309 ext. 1606

Santa Fe Cats / Feline & Friends ~ Cat owners in areas under fire evacuation orders: Santa Fe Cats has space available for caring for your cat(s) while you are evacuees. For those without insurance reimbursement for pet boarding, a donation is appreciated. No cat will be turned away for lack of insurance or inability to donate. Call SFC at 505-216-5141 to make arrangements.

Santa Fe County Fair Grounds (dogs and livestock only, no cats)
Address: 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM
For more information please visit – https://www.afterthestorksleep.com/volunteer

Glorieta Conference Center (owned animals)
Address: 11 NM 50, Glorieta, NM
For more information please contact Misha Goodman at MGoodman@bernco.gov or 505-975-5945

Rio Arriba Fairgrounds/Rule Event Center
Address: State Road 554 House #122-A, Abiquiu, NM
505-685-4523 

Fire Emergency Services Help Hotline at 1-800-432-2080 and press 2 for fire emergency services.

Residents impacted by evacuation can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org for assistance. Designated Red Cross shelters can be found here.

For all stray Las Vegas animals, please contact San Miguel County Sheriff’s department at 505-425-7589. If Good Samaritans are able to catch a stray animal, please take them to the Rodeo Road Fairgrounds in Santa Fe.

Los Alamos County – As of May 9 at 8am

Los Alamos County moves to “set”; no evacuations but citizens asked to prepare Due to the Cerro Pelado fire, Los Alamos County (both townsite and White Rock) moved to the “set” phase of the “ready, set, go” – lacnm.com/ready-set-go – program as of 8 a.m. Monday, May 9. The County moved to maximum telework and closed non-essential facilities such as libraries. County officials clarify that there is no immediate emergency; however, citizens should stay informed, review their evacuation plans, prepare a “go bag,” and solidify a communication plan with area evacuation and contact information.While creating an evacuation plan and preparing a “go bag,” Emergency Manager Beverley Simpson advises citizens to remember the six “P’s”:· People and pets· Papers, phone numbers, passports and essential documents· Prescriptions, vitamins and eyeglasses· Pictures and irreplaceable memorabilia· Personal computer, hard drives, phones and chargers· “Plastic” (credit cards, ATM cards) and cash. She indicates that some individuals may need to initiate evacuation plans sooner than later. For example, residents with horses or other large animals should begin to evacuate these animals now. In addition, individuals who have mobility issues and require ambulance transport or require additional assistance due to special needs should consider evacuating now. In order to use the County’s federally funded transit buses to assist such individuals, a pre-evacuation order is required by the FTA. Accordingly, this order was authorized by the Acting Council Chair on May 8, 2022. Assistance request forms, frequently asked questions and fire resource information are available on the County webpage lacnm.com/CerroPelado. The resource list includes information on shelter locations, evacuating animals, vehicle parking, RV parking and storage that are available now, unless otherwise stated. Simpson recommends individuals stay informed by following local media and sign up for emergency notifications through the County’s emergency alert system by texting LOSALAMOS to 99411 or visiting lacnm.com/CodeRed. Individuals requiring assistance can call CodeRed directly at 1-866-939-0911. IF the County does move to the “go” phase, officials anticipate that they would require only residents from the townsite to evacuate. At this point, the White Rock area does not appear to be in the path of the fire and would remain in the “set” phase; however, White Rock residents should still be prepared in the event that circumstances change.

On Monday, May 10, Los Alamos Animal Shelter moved all animals to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.


If you are missing pets from the San Miguel or Mora County fires, please visit the following AWC sites on Facebook.

The AWC post to use if your pet is missing: https://www.facebook.com/animalwelfarenewmexico/

The AWC photo album of missing pets: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=animalwelfarenewmexico&set=a.10165979843685328

Ways You Can Help:

Immediate Needed items – Dog Crates (60-90 pounds Large and XL size) Dog treats and Nylabones. Dog & cat food, treats, cat litter, blankets, towels, kennels and other physical items can be donated at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s adoption center. Resources will be distributed to areas of most need.

Make a monetary donation.

Adopt an animal! Right now through May 15, all adult animals are fee-waived, with puppies & kittens for just $25, thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation.

Foster families are encouraged to apply at any shelter in the region, fostering creates additional space in shelters that can then be opened to displaced animals. Get started on a foster application today!  

Become a SFAS volunteer and help support our many homeless animals.

To volunteer at any of the temporary shelters please use the contact information above. 

More information for Pet Owners

Preparing to evacuate pets and service animals: Fillable, printable PDF records workbook for seniors, the disabled, families, and those with service animals and pets: http://gcd.state.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/GCD-Evacuation-Workbook_Fillable-002-final-with-corrections-an-table-of-contents-links.pdf

Animal Protection New Mexico has a comprehensive grab and go disaster kits for animals: https://apnm.org/what-we-do/building-foundations-to-keep-animals-safe/disaster-preparedness/disaster-kit-for-animals/