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How to Adopt from BernCo’s New Animal Care Resource Center


Thanks to the recent opening of our Animal Care and Resource Center, residents of Bernalillo County can now adopt animals from Bernalillo County Animal Care Services!

We are an open admission animal shelter, so we can never be certain exactly what animals we will have available for adoption on any given day, so please, if you don’t find the companion animal you are looking for right away, check back often!

The new Animal Care and Resource Center is located at 3001 2nd St. SW.
For information about adopting or other services, call (505) 314-0281 or (505) 468-PETS (468-7387). Our fax number is (505) 462-9745.
Our temporary hours are Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and our pet viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Email us at animal@bernco.gov.

You can even check out what animals we have in our shelter without leaving the comfort of your home!

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Studies from leading animal welfare organizations have found that there is no correlation between the amount of money someone pays for an animal and the amount of care they provide.

As a result, we are offering donation based adoptions…..meaning, you decide your adoption fee!

All proceeds go to Bernalillo County's Quality of Life Community Fund, which will continue to benefit the thousands of homeless animals that come through our doors in the future. 

You can also donate without adopting!

Click here to visit our donation site. Once there, scroll down to "If you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know." Then, select Bernco Animal Care from the drop down menu.

What should you donate for an adoption?

If you are a millionaire, we will happily accept a million dollars! However, it is about the amount of love in your heart, and not the money in your bank account that makes a house a home. We will happily accept whatever you can offer. We’ve found our average adopter donates between $50 to $60.

We thank you for being patient during our construction – and we hope to see you soon!



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    Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, 3001 Second Street SW
    5/18/2019 11:00 AM - 5/18/2019 4:00 PM

  • Celebrate the opening of our new Animal Care and Resource Center with the Paws and Claws Family Festival at the shelter! It's an all-day event with vendors, activities, demonstrations and food trucks!
    Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center, 3001 2nd SW
    5/18/2019 9:00 AM - 5/18/2019 5:00 PM

  • Join staff from BernCo Animal Care Services at Petsense on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an adoption event. Maybe you’ll find your fur-ever pal!
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    5/4/2019 11:00 AM - 5/4/2019 3:00 PM

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