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About Our Shelter

AnimalVILLAGENM is a NO-KILL animal-welfare organization. New Mexico has the highest rate of pet abandoment in America, and our mission is to reduce the killing ofdogs and cats abandoned at AC facilities. Because of the enormous number of N.M. pets abandoned, New Mexico’s under-staffed and under-funded animal control facilities cannot keep them alive until committed homes are found. The vast majority of abandoned pets in New Mexico and in the United States never make it out of shelters alive. 

We are a private 501c3 non-profit, offering year-round low-income spay-neuter subsidies, free pet food bank, and rescue transport for pets on transport networks such as BPF and Best Friends.

If you need to return an AnimalVillageNM pet, contact us IMMEDIATELY at, or leave a message at 575-446-4685.

Our returned cat adoptions are to indoor only homes, no declawing allowed. As our pets have already faced death from euthanasia in shelters, we don't want our adopted cats or kittens to again face death from cars on the road, or by predators. We adopt returned dogs as family members, not to watch a family live their lives through the window from a backyard, but as beloved companions, who will sleep inside the guardians’ homes, and be an active part of their lives.  All dogs are obedienced trained prior to adoption and adopters must attend free onsite training courses.

We expect a lifetime commitment that gives dogs and cats a real place in their families’ lives, and hearts. We are dedicated to this goal.

Please support our efforts to maintain our animal welfare programs for our beloved animal companions. We are walking our talk here, saving lives daily, with your help.

Our Mission

To significantly reduce the numbers of abandoned pets being euthanized in New Mexico’s municipal facilities, to spay and neuter them so that the numbers of stray pets do not increase, to fully vaccinate them to stop the spread of disease, and to train the pets to be successful and loved in their new homes.

We strive to maintain self-sufficiency through helpful, coordinated pet services and well-advertised fundraising campaigns. This allows AnimalVILLAGENM to expand to an even more efficient, highly trained, communicative and motivated organization. 

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