Shelter & Adoptions

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Call us : 505-753-0228


Our spay/neuter clinic is currently open by appointment only. To request an appointment, fill out our scheduling form and we will contact you to confirm your appointment. Please note, because of training and staffing issues, we are rescheduling some surgeries from August 1-10 to later dates. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Vaccine Clinics

Our free and low-cost vaccine clinics are generally walk-in and scheduled every other week at our public clinic. However, we sometimes schedule clinics by appointment only. Please check our calendar of events to determine the date and time of each clinic.

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There are benefits to spaying (female) or neutering (male) your pets.

What is TNR?

As part of our mission to improve lives, we offer Trap-Neuter-Return services for anyone caring for community cats. The program includes free spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations.

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The sooner the better. Pets as young as 2 months old can have surgery with no issues. If females have surgery before their first heat, breast cancer can be almost completely eliminated. Younger pets recover more quickly from surgery and experience less pain following surgery than older pets.

  • No food after 10 p.m. and no water the morning of the surgery.
  • Animals must be in good health. If your pet is showing any signs of illness such as coughing, sneezing, runny eyes or diarrhea they will be declined for surgery.
  • You will be given pre-surgery instructions
  • Drop-off time: 7:45-8:30 a.m. at the clinic. All animals have different drop-off times; Large animals start at 7:45 a.m., medium animals at 8 a.m.,  and small animals at 8:15 a.m. Cats are dropped off at 8:30 a.m.
  • Cats must be in carriers that are labeled. Dogs must be on secure leashes.
  • Pick-up time: 2-4 p.m. The time varies depending upon the recuperation of the animals. Normally, dogs are picked up first, but clients should have their cellphones available for the earliest pickup time.
  • Pets should be kept indoors where they can stay clean, dry and comfortable. Please limit their activity; no climbing stairs, running, jumping, rowdy play, swimming, or other strenuous activity during the 10-day recovery time period.
  • No bathing during this period.
  • Please check the incision site daily. Do not allow your pet to lick or chew at the incision site. Slight redness at the incision may be normal for a few days after surgery. However, if you notice irritation, discharge, swelling, a gap in the incision or worsening redness, please contact the Clinic at 505 753-0228.

It is recommended that moms are spayed when their offspring are 6 weeks old and when they start weaning. In most cases, the mothers need to be away from their litter for at least two weeks before surgery. In some cases, such as for outdoor cats, it can be done earlier if the mom is in danger of becoming pregnant again. It is OK for moms to go back to nursing after their spay.

No. Females should be spayed before the first heat, which usually occurs at 5-6 months of age. Pregnancy places a great strain on a young animal’s body and can result in birth defects. Early spaying also prevents later problems, including mammary tumors, uterine infections and uterine tumors.

Yes, but we provide all pets with effective pain medication that lasts 24 hours after surgery. In addition, we offer additional take-home pain medication.

The tattoo is a permanent identification that your pet has been spayed or neutered. It is part of the national Spay-Neuter Task Force guidelines that ensure all pets are treated safely and effectively.