Animal Care Services

Photos Show Progress on BernCo's New Animal Care Resource Center


Construction of the long-awaited Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center is underway at the new site 3001 Second St. SW.

These photos show the progress, with the most recent photos appearing first.

As of Dec. 8, the underslab plumbing and electrical rough-in is process. Some areas are preparing for concrete slab pour. The sanitary sewer connection to street stub is complete.

Click on the image below to see a slideshow. 

BernCo Animal Care and Resource Center Construction

This new animal care and resource center will be a 17,143 square foot facility and will include space for approximately 120 dogs and approximately 67 cats and there will be additional space for large animals, small mammals, birds, and reptiles.

The county will continue its enforcement function to ensure the health and safety of both people and animals within the community, assisting in reuniting people with their lost pets, as well as licensing and permitting of animals and animal establishments in Bernalillo County.

Some of the exciting new programs and services will include:

  • Community volunteer opportunities
  • Educational and training classes for people and animals
  • Youth camp programs
  • Spay and neuter, microchipping and vaccination clinics
  • Foster care and animal adoption

The county will also offer new programs and services to engage the public in the care of animals, promote responsible pet ownership and provide resources to assist people and their animal companions.

The total cost of the project is $7.8 million. Voters approved funding for this project utilizing public safety general obligation bonds from 2012-2017.

Construction is expected to be completed by late summer 2018.

The county’s current animal care shelter is housed in an old county fire station and has served county staff well for a number of years but it was never designed or intended to house animals. In emergency situations, the county has been able to shelter animals there, but only for short periods of time. Additionally, BernCo contracts with the City of Albuquerque and out-of-town animal shelters to house its animals.

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