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Santa Fe Animal Shelter

The mission of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is to support animals, save lives and spread compassion.


"We are grateful for the support of The New Mexican and thankful for its efforts in keeping our community informed about the shelter’s lifesaving programs, the importance of animal welfare and helping us in our efforts to find loving families for all."

Mary Martin, Executive Director Santa Fe Animal Shelter

Who We Are

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is the largest animal shelter and care facility in northern New Mexico. We serve more than 10,000 lost, stray, abandoned or injured animals each year. As a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we receive nearly all of our funding through private donors in our community and beyond. The Shelter contracts with the city and county of Santa Fe to care for homeless and stray animals, as well as those brought through our front doors.

We work to reunite people with their lost animal companions, and re-home those animals that have gone unclaimed into new homes through our adoption program. Low- and no-cost spay/neuter programs address the overpopulation problems that our community faces. Humane education programs in our local schools teach children to respect and care for all living creatures. Partnered with our community, we work for change in the lives of our companion animals and to end the suffering of all animals.

About Adoptions

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. We invite you to visit our animals in the shelter, at our satellite adoption facility inside PetSmart (3561 Zafarano Drive) or online. All animals are spayed or neutered and microchipped before leaving and receive the required age-appropriate vaccines. The required licenses for city and county residents are available at the shelter as you adopt!