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Animals impounded by Bernalillo County Animal Care Services are housed under an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department. The City of Albuquerque has, for your benefit, photographs of dog’s... Read More

Yes. All dogs, cats, and ferrets in New Mexico over 3 months of age are required by state law to be vaccinated against rabies every year.

In our area there are different "animal ordinances" that apply to you and your animals, depending on where you live. There are different sets of laws in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos, Tijeras, Corrales, Rio Rancho, and the unincorporated areas o... Read More

Yes, if you own a dog, cat, or ferret.  You are required to purchase a yearly or three year license for your pet.  This is true for all dogs, cats, and ferrets in the county.  If you live in the unincorporated areas of the county, you ... Read More

Wash the wound with soap and water and contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Try to keep track of the animal, but do not try to capture it. Report the bite to our office at 468-PETS (7387). In general, dogs and cats that bi... Read More

In the unincorporated areas of the county, each household may have up to four total pets (dogs and/or cats), or up to six if all of them are spayed or neutered. Special permits are required if you want to have more dogs or cats, or if you are breedin... Read More

All animals in the unincorporated area of the county must remain secured on the property of their owner, except when they are being walked on a secure leash of not more than six feet. In other words, animals are not allowed to "run at large"... Read More

All animals that are picked up by Animal Care Services Officers in Bernalillo County are taken to one of the two City of Albuquerque Animal Shelters. The East Side Shelter is on Lomas, between Wyoming and Eubank. The West Side Shelter is on Sunset Ga... Read More

oose animals can be reported to our office at 468-PETS (7387). Between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. our officers respond to emergencies only. An officer will be dispatched to try to determine to whom the animal belongs and, if possible, ... Read More

The City of Albuquerque shelters have many wonderful animals available for adoption. Make a trip to one of these locations and be prepared to fall in love. Some pet supply stores offer "adoption clinics" where animals from the shelters... Read More

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  • We are almost ready to open our new shelter, the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, but there’s no reason why some of our incredible pets should have to wait! We have a variety of ...

  • As we change our focus toward family and cooking, cleaning and giving thanks in the coming days, it’s easy to indulge—both people and pets. It’s also a good reminder of the foods that we people love ...

  • With Halloween approaching, the BernCo Animal Care Services Department would like to remind pet owners of a few important safety tips for their four-legged friends: First, know that many sweets ar...

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