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One Civic Plaza, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

(505) 468-7000

(505) 462-9813

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


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Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center Over Capacity

The Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, located at 3001 Second St. SW (between Woodward and Rio Bravo), is 50% over capacity and is seeking any potential opportunities to get pets adopted.

To maintain the health and welfare of the animals, Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center is working with rescue groups and organizations such as Catopia Cat Café, Animal Humane of New Mexico, Watermelon Mountain Ranch, and out-of-state rescues to assist with the over capacity at the shelter.

“We need the community’s help. We have some wonderful animals, of all kinds, available for adoption. Each pet leaves here fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped with one-year licensing.  Our adoptions are always free with the goal of finding the best home for every animal,” says Candace Sanchez the outreach manager at the Animal Care Center.

Animals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone interested in adopting must be 18-years of age, or older but is not required to live in Bernalillo County

Matchmaking is an important part of the adoption process. The Bernalillo County Animal Care Center takes pride in helping hopeful animal lovers find a companion that will fit their lifestyle.

“Before making a decision to adopt a new companion, we ask that folks think about how much time they have to spend with their new pet. Consider the time involved: a healthy puppy or kitten can live for 15 to 20 years. Bear in mind, your companion animal will need food and supplies and have to visit a veterinarian from time to time. Bernalillo County Animal Care does have final decision on adoptions. Adoption is a partnership between the adopter, the shelter and the animal. We are committed to making that partnership work for everyone,” adds Sanchez.

In an effort to better assist the public, the Animal Care and Resource Center is offering adoption appointments on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 – 4 p.m.  Appointments are a one hour meet and greet and are only available by submitting an appointment interest card.

The updated Animal Care Center hours are as follows:

  • Business hours: Thursday – Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Animal Viewing and Adoptions: Thursday – Saturday, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

To see current pets available for adoption, Click here.

For any additional information, please contact us at 505-468-PETS or visit the Animal Care Services website at

Masks are required within the Animal Care facility for all employees, vendors, and contractors.  The general public is not required to wear a mask, but it is encouraged.

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About Bernalillo County
Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.