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Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center to Close to the Public

3:58 PM
Larry Gallegos, O (505) 468-1273, C (505) 228-6668 - lagallegos@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Beginning Saturday March 21, the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center will close to the public, and will have some appointment-based services available. This closure complies with social distancing standards in place due to COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Bernalillo County Animal Care Services wishes to thank the public for their continued support during this time. We appreciate those of you who have donated, adopted and fostered in support of our animals and mission,” says BernCo Animal Care Services Director Misha Goodman. “Animals in our care are continuing to receive the best care possible including daily exercise and enrichment.”

The following changes apply during this temporary closure.

Stray animals – the center will only accept emergency intake of stray animals that are sick, injured or pose a risk to public health and safety. For assistance regarding a stray animal, please call 505-468-PETS (7387).

Individuals who find a stray pet that does not fit the above stated emergency criteria are encouraged to do the following:

Maintain the animal while attempting to locate the animal’s owner

Post the found animal on Pawboost.com

Report the animal to BernCo Animal Care Services by calling 505-468-PETS (7387) or sending an email to animal@bernco.gov so the county can promote through its social media outlets

Have the animal scanned for a microchip at a local veterinarian or animal sheltering location

Animal Care Service officers will continue to handle high priority calls for service. To report an animal issue or concern call 505-468-PETS (7387)

Owners should continue to maintain their animals securely at home. Owners considering relinquishment of animals must call 505-468-PETS (7387) to speak to a staff member.

Adoptions will be by appointment only. View the center’s available animals at Adopt-a-Pet.com. To set an appointment to see a specific animal, contact alommasson@bernco.gov or call 505-269-3036

Citizens who wish to donate to the animals and the county’s animal care programming may make a donation at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1441157?uniqueID=634466775676697665

Due to the large numbers of animals in the facility, citizens who are interested in temporarily fostering an animal are encouraged to contact jhewitt@bernco.gov or 505-269-3877

Lost Animals - If a citizen has lost their animal, they should contact animal@bernco.gov to report. Post lost signs in immediate and surrounding neighborhoods and on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor and Pawboost.com

Reclaim of lost pets – to see if a pet owner’s animal is at a sheltering location, go to Petharbor.com. If a pet owner believes their animal is at the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, please call 505-468-PETS (7387) to set up an appointment to reclaim the animal.

License and permit applications may still be sent via mail to:  Bernalillo County Animal Care Services, PO Box 12156, Albuquerque, NM 87195.

The general phone number for the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center is 505-314-0281.



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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.


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