This page provides an FAQ, along with a list of different links that lead to useful information for pet owners. It is frequently being updated for the convenience of our visitors. 


  • "Can you take a dog/cat that I have found?"

    • AnimalVillageNM is not legally authorized to take in strays. This is because a potential owner could be looking for the said animal at animal control. 

  • "Do you have (specific breed) available for adoption?" 

    • AnimalVillageNM takes in a variety of cats and dogs from different life or death situations and is not a breed-specific shelter. All breeds are wonderful. You may view our available animals at this link

  • "What does your adoption process looks like?"

    • AnimalVillageNM is currently by appointment only due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We ask that you submit our online application along with a $25 processing fee. Our application requires excellent veterinary references, proof that you are an experienced pet guardian, and an at-home or virtual home visit to ensure the safety of your housing. After your application has been approved, we will schedule a meet and greet with the pets of your choosing. You may find more information on the process at this link.

  • "I am no longer able to keep my dog/cat, will you take them in?" 

    • AnimalVillageNM currently can only accept dogs and cats PREVIOUSLY adopted from our no-kill shelter. However, we are currently working on a new transport modality to safely send vaccinated, spayed or neutered, friendly pets to areas with responsible waiting homes. Check back on our site to check on our new policies (now in progress), or phone us at 575-446-4685. ​​

  • "Are you a Veterinary Clinic/Do you provide veterinary services?"

    • AnimalVillageNM currently can only accept dogs and cats PREVIOUSLY adopted from our no-kill shelter. However, with our PAW (Partnership for Animal Welfare) services, we are able to help you apply for low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services. You may read more about these services at this link.

  • "Why is there a $25 application fee?"

    • AnimalVillageNM is a non-profit, and every minute of our time is valuable. It takes time and effort to contact all of the references that we ask to be provided, and most of our funding comes from private donations.

    • Our animals are rescued from death-row and other life-threatening circumstances, and as any experienced pet guardian knows, many of these dogs and cats need special care and training to become adoptable.

    • AnimalVillageNM also seeks to provide high-quality food, supplements, and probiotics to our adoptable dogs and cats, along with health care conditions- and excellent veterinary care. All of this requires time and money.

    • If your application is rejected due to insufficient references, you will receive a tax donation acknowledgment, and your application fee will be directed toward the care of our rescued dogs and cats. If accepted, that $25 amount is included in your adoption fee, at the time of adoption.

  • "Are you still accepting (physical item) donations?"

    • Absolutely! Be it toys, blankets, aluminum cans, shoes, dog or cat food, laundered or new pet beds, kennels, you name it! We greatly appreciate physical donations, as they provide enrichment and comfort for our animals.


Below are a series of links and phone numbers that provide more information to our site visitors. If you have any resources that may be considered useful, you may contact us at


    • PetroglyphsNM is a comprehensive, breed, cat, dog, and size-specific list of over 100 New Mexico animal shelters and rescue organizations, along with a hub of information and resources for current and considering animal caretakers. This is the site that you would want to look over if you have a pet of any species that you wish to relinquish. Please note that many New Mexico has one of the highest pet abandonment rates in the United States, and so many, many animal shelters are understaffed and underfunded. Please show them appreciation and patience, and offer donations, so that your pet has a better chance of being accepted into a safe environment. 

  • Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM)​

    • Animal Protection of New Mexico is an organization dedicated to ending animal cruelty in New Mexico and provides a vast amount of resources to those seeking to help local stray pets. They take the time and effort to monitor their cruelty hotline to stop animal abuse and neglect. This is an excellent resource if you are looking to help local animals or your personal pet. Provide at least 3 clear photos of your pet, a close-up of your pet’s face, a full body photo, and one with your pet looking at the camera, full body. Include the positive characteristics about your pet that made you fall in love with him or her, and let the rescue know what you have trained your pet to do. Be persistent and appreciative so that the rescue organization will keep your pet top-of-mind when an opening appears!

  • pet cost report 

    • BetterPet is a wonderful team of pet experts that provide resources for new and experienced pet guardians alike. Provided with this specific link, BetterPet provides in-depth information on how much caring for a dog or cat realistically costs. This is something that should be seriously considered by individuals seeking to adopt. Check out their website for other very helpful information and tips. 

  • Otero County Animal Facility

    • (575)-434-2959 ​

    • If you are in the Otero County, New Mexico area and you are dealing with a stray pet or an animal emergency, this is the phone number to their local animal control intake facility, charged with and funded by tax dollars to house stray pets. This is where guardians of lost pets will go to reclaim them, and this is who will be advertising them as found. AnimalVillageNM is NOT allowed to intake stray pets. We do not want to see dogs or cats killed, however, we must abide by the law.

  • Alamogordo City Animal Control 

    • (575)-439-4330

    • If you are in the Alamogordo, New Mexico area and you are dealing with a stray pet or an animal emergency, this is the phone number to their local animal control. AnimalVillageNM does not deal with dangerous or stray animals. We do not want to see dogs or cats killed, however, we must abide by the law.

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