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Española Humane

Touching the lives of more than 143,000 companion animals since opening its doors.


Pups and kitties can’t choose where they are born; we go where the need is greatest. Help us transform the lives of animals most in need of your love.


We manage a city-owned shelter, which means very little overhead. 91% of your gift goes directly to animal care. Our focus is quality staff and service, doing the most to love every animal every day. We’re proud to have earned a reputation for providing consistent, humane care and healthy, successful adoptions, along with innovative, effective ‘get-‘er-done’ programs.

  • Low-Cost Vaccinations – every Tuesday 9am to 1pm

  • Free Spay/Neuter – call (505) 753-0228 for an appointment

  • 143,000+ animals helped – our commitment to saving

For the staff and volunteers at Española Humane, our work isn’t merely a job, but our responsibility as humans. We’ve been able to attract the best and the brightest talent in shelter work today, because of our shared commitment to animal welfare.


Our mission is to improve the lives of animals in underserved communities.

Española Humane serves Española, northern Santa Fe County, Rio Arriba County, and the pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh, San Ildefonso and Santa Clara. In these communities, too many unwanted animals are born and too few are adopted.Española Humane proactively reaches out to area residents and offers free spay/neuter surgeries and free vaccinations, which results in 4,800 surgeries and over 13,000 vaccinations every year. The goal is to reduce the number of unwanted animals and create a healthier community for pets, their families and their neighbors.

Española Humane also manages a municipal shelter that receives 2,700 animals each year. The shelter welcomes every animal, including the very elderly, ill, aggressive or injured. Many animals are not able to be rehomed but Española Humane proudly adopts out 84% of these at-risk pets.

Puppies and kitties can’t choose where they are born. We go where the need is greatest. Help us transform the lives of animals most in need of your love.


View all of our available pets right now! Browse through photos and learn more about some of the pets awaiting adoption. Ready to adopt? Fill out the online adoption form.


Continue your legacy after you’re gone. Thank you for considering a legacy gift that will transform the lives of animals most in need of your love.


Low-cost and free clinic options for animals in our community. We help families care for their pets with services like free spay/neuter and low-cost vaccinations.


Enjoy food, fun, music, and shopping events with us. Find out what events are coming up and buy tickets online. These events help fund our life saving efforts.

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Please note we will be closed June 8th, 2018 for an In-Service Day in prearation for our Summer Fiesta