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Bernalillo County Animal Care Services is committed to providing the highest level of services and protection to both the citizens and the animals of our community by effectively and humanely enforcing the ordinances as they pertain to animal care and the public’s health, safety and welfare. We are dedicated to protecting the citizens of Bernalillo County from animal related injury and disease and further committed to protecting the animals we share our community with from abuse and neglect.

  • Provide enforcement of all local and state codes pertaining to the welfare of animals and ensure public health and safety when pertaining to animals.
  • Track rabies vaccinations in Bernalillo County of all dogs, cats and ferrets.
  • Provide licensing and permitting of animal establishments and animal operations throughout the County.
  • Provide animal adoption, reclaim, relinquishment and disposal services
  • Provide community training, education and outreach with regard to animal care and animal issues.
  • Provide a public spay, neuter and rabies voucher program to reduce the cost for these services.
  • Provide resource and referral services pertaining to animal care and animal issues including behavioral problem and information.

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Build a new full service animal care sheltering and resource center in the South Valley

In Progress



 Maintain statistical data that accurately reports animal intake and disposition for the new shelter




Become a certified euthanasia facility and save taxpayer dollars by reducing the need for private veterinary contract for service. Based on state requirements.

In Progress



Recommend Animal Care code revisions to ensure consistency in the code and to better protect animals and people in the community.




Provide educational programming for children 

In Progress



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