Albuquerque isn’t only a great place for people, but it’s also a great place for pets. The city is very animal friendly, and there are a large amount of dog parks for pet owners to visit. The Humane Society has a strong presence in the area, and there are several private kennels and pet adoption agencies.
Dog and cat owners must get their pet licensed. This fee is $6 for dogs and cats and a duplicate license tag costs $4. This fee is waived for Senior Citizens and qualified low income residents of the city.
All pet regulations fall under the new Humane and Ethical Animal Rules and Treatment (HEART) Ordinance. HEART outlines all the laws regarding pets and how they are to be treated.
In addition to being licensed, under HEART all dogs over six months old and all cats over five months must be spayed or neutered as well as be microchipped. If a pet owner does not wish to get their animal fixed, then a special “intact animal permit” must be purchased. This permit must be renewed annually and costs $150.
Types and Fees of Permits
|Intact Companion Animal Permit (ICAP)||Annual permitting for a dog or cat over the age of six months that has not been neutered or spayed.||$150.00/per animal/year|
|Litter permit||Permit, good for six months from date of issue, that must be obtained within one week after the birth of the litter. A Household is limited to no more than four Litter Permits in any consecutive 12 month period and no more than one Litter Permit per female Companion Animal in any consecutive 12 month period.||$150.00/litter|
|Multiple Companion Animal Site Permit (MCASP)||Annual permitting for any person intending to exceed the maximum limit of six Companion Animals, no more than four of which are dogs, in a Household.||$50.00/site/year|
|Exotic or Wild Animal Collection Permit (EWACP)||Annual permitting for any person who wishes to receive, purchase, own or keep 15 or more Permissible Exotic or Wild Animals shall first obtain an Exotic or Wild Animal Collection Permit.||$50.00/person/year|
|Guard Dog Site Permit (GDSP)||Annual permitting for an establishment that utilizes a Guard Dog. Requires application process with officer approval.||$150.00/site/year|
|Guard Dog Sign||$6.00 each + tax|
|Animal Service Provider Permit (ASPP)||Annual permitting for an establishment that takes temporary possession of an Animal from the Owner, not on the Owner’s property, to perform a service for the Animal of Owner, including, but not limited to, Grooming Parlors, Animal Day Care establishments and Boarding Kennels, but excluding Pet Stores. Animal Service Provider does not include a licensed Veterinarian.||$75.00/site/year|
|Pet Store Permit (PSP)||Annual permitting for an establishment that, in whole or in part, offers Animals, other than Companion Animals, for sale or resale, or sells Animals to consumers or wholesalers.||$100.00/site/year|
|Trolley Permit||A one time permit, good for one year, issued by the City authorizing the use of a Trolley. In order to obtain a Trolley Permit, the applicant must prove that all other means of restricting the Animal to the personal property have been exhausted. Requires application process with officer approval.||$50/animal|
|Animal-Drawn Vehicle Permit (ADVP)||Annual permitting allowing a Person to attach an Animal to a vehicle for the purpose of moving the vehicle.||$150/animal/year|
ANIMAL SHELTERS & PET ADOPTION
Pets bring a lot of joy to your life, but they also bring with them a huge responsibility. Adopting a pet should never be a spur of the moment decision and should only be done after careful consideration and planning.
The City of Albuquerque operates three animal shelters. These shelters are where lost or stray pets are taken and also provide many animals a second chance at finding a good home.
In addition to the city run shelters, Animal Humane of New Mexico operates three adoption facilities in the area. This organization was founded in 1965 and since then has helped thousands of animals find new homes. Animal Humane also operates a veterinary clinic out of its main campus on Virginia Street.
All of these locations are a wonderful place to start your search for your new family member.
Animal Humane of New Mexico FacilitiesMain Campus 615 Virginia Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87108 Phone: (505) 255-5523
The Main Campus of Animal Humane of New Mexico is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This facility is home to a veterinary clinic and is the only location where animals can be dropped off at.NE Heights Adoption & Training Center 9132 Montgomery Boulevard NE Albuquerque, NM 87111 Phone: (505) 323-7387
This facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This location is used to adopt pets out to new homes.Westside Adoption & Training Center 10700 Corrales Road Albuquerque, NM 87114 Phone: (505) 890-7389
This facility is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This location is used to adopt pets out to new homes.
City Operated Animal Shelters in AlbuquerqueEastside Animal Welfare 8920 Lomas NE Albuquerque, NM 87112 Phone: (505) 768-1975
Eastside Animal Welfare receives animals seven days a week from the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To drop off an animal you must be a resident of Bernalillo County. Kennel viewing hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Regular office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. This is a city operated facility.Westside Animal Welfare 11800 Sunset Gardens SW Albuquerque, NM 87121 Phone: (505) 768-1975
Westside Animal Welfare receives animals seven days a week from the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. To drop off an animal you must be a resident of Bernalillo County. Kennel viewing hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Regular office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. This is a city operated facility.Lucky Paws 6600 Menaul NE Albuquerque, NM 87110 Phone: (505) 768-1975
The adoption hours for Lucky Paws are from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. This facility also operates Mobile Lucky Paws, which is an animal adoption van. For more information on the mobile adoption service, contact Lucky Paws by phone. This is a city operated facility.
New Mexico Animal Friends
Albuquerque is home to clinics such as New Mexico Animal Friends, a non-profit, “no-kill” organization. This adoption clinic is located at the PetSmart on the corner of Academy and Wyoming NE in Albuquerque. For more information, visit www.nmaf.org or call (505) 881-7297.
Albuquerque has long been a pet friendly community that understands the love people have for the animals they make part of their families. This understanding prompted the city to create special parks for the enjoyment of dogs and their owners.
The city operates and maintains 13 dog parks at various locations around the metro. Some of these parks offer amenities such as water, lighting and off-leash exercise areas. All of the parks, with the exception of Roosevelt Park, are fenced in.
The following is a list of dog parks, their locations, and amenities that are offered at each:
1 Canine Skyline Dog Park is located at 12700 Montgomery Boulevard NE. This park offers water.
2 Coronado Park is located at 301 McKnight Avenue NW. This facility does not provide water or lighting.
3 Los Altos Park is located at 821 Eubank Boulevard NE. This park is lit but does not offer water.
4 Montessa Park is located at 3615 Los Picaros Road SE. This park does not offer water.
5 North Domingo Baca is located at 7520 Corona Avenue NE. This park is lit but does not offer water.
6 Ouray Dog Park is located at 7500 Ouray NW. This park offers water.
7 Rio Grande Triangle Park is located at 1451 Kit Carson Avenue SE. This park is lit but does not offer water.
8 Roosevelt Park is located at 500 Spruce Street SE. This park is not fenced and does not provide water.
9 Santa Fe Village Dog Park is located at 5700 Bogart Street NW. This park does not provide water or lighting.
10 Tom Bolack Urban Forest Park is located at 2000 Dakota Street NE. This park offers water but does not provide lighting.
11 Tower Pond Park is located at Tower Road SW and 86th Street SW. This park does not offer water.
12 USS Bullhead Park is located at 1606 San Pedro SE. This park is lit but does not offer water.
13 Westgate Community Park is located at Cartagena Avenue and Valley View Drive. This park is lit but does not offer water.
Dog Park Rules
- Parks Hours, unless otherwise posted, are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Park users and dog owners assume all risk related to dog park use.
- Limit of three dogs per person per visit.
- Dogs using the park must be older than six months.
- Each owner or handler is legally and financially responsible for the actions of their dog in the off-leash exercise area.
- Dogs must be kept on a leash until inside the double-gated entry where applicable. Enter the first gate with the leash on and remove it prior to entering the second gate. Do the reverse when leaving.
- Children younger than 12 are not allowed inside the off-leash dog exercise area unless accompanied by an adult. Parents must refrain from bringing toddlers and small children to the dog park and at no time be allowed to run with, or chase after dogs in the park.
- Dog handlers must have a leash in their possession at all times.
- Dogs must be under voice control and in sight of handlers at all times.
- Any dog exhibiting aggressive behavior must be leashed and removed immediately.
- Owners must properly dispose of waste left by their dog(s).
- Owners must cover any holes their dogs dig.
- Un-neutered male dogs and female dogs in heat shall not be permitted in the off-leash dog exercise area.
- No food or drinks allowed within the fenced area.
The choice of a veterinarian for your pet is an important decision and should not be made lightly. Much like your own personal physician, a veterinarian should be chosen based on how well they meet or exceed your needs.
It is a good idea to find a veterinarian as soon as you can and not wait for a medical emergency to emerge before you start your search. The doctor you select should not only have the necessary medical knowledge to help your pet, but should also possess people skills so they can deal with you.
When looking for a medical care provider for your pet ask for recommendations from friends or individuals in an animal related field such as animal shelters, dog trainers, groomers, or boarding kennels. These professionals deal with pet issues all the time and can give good solid leads on excellent doctors.
If you are new to Albuquerque please make sure that your pets are treated for the prevention of heartworm. There is an increase in the number of pets in recent years that are being diagnosed with the parasites. Treatment is as simple as a pill and could save the life of your animal.
Most pet owners will find that there will come a time in their lives when boarding their pets is unavoidable. When these occasions occur it is good to live in a city that has several options for care available to you.
With Albuquerque hailed as one of the most pet friendly cities in the country, it is no surprise that several top notch boarding facilities are found here. These are safe and friendly environments which provide the care and attention to your pet that they require while you are away.
Many kennels offer other services such as grooming and pet walking while some are even extensions of veterinarian offices or animal hospitals.
KIRTLAND AFB PETS
The Veterinary Clinic, located in Building 20168, provides routine care, immunizations and outpatient sick-call services for your animals. All active duty and retired military families are eligible to use these services. For more information, call (505) 846-4276.