Aztec Animal Shelter

Aztec, New Mexico

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About Aztec Animal Shelter

Aztec Animal Shelter is based in Aztec, New Mexico. They provide temporary housing and care for stray, unwanted, and owner-relinquished animals, including dogs and cats in San Juan County. Aztec Animal Shelter has many deserving animals looking for their forever humans. They're also always looking for foster families! If you can't commit to owning a pet for the next 10-12 years, but would like to make a difference, contact them about becoming a foster. By fostering an animal, you keep it out of a shelter, which is often overcrowded, and in a calm, loving environment.

Contact Info

825 Sabena St
(505) 334-6819

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Before you commit to adopting, it's important you ask yourself a few basic questions:

  1. Are you ready to commit to a pet for the next 10-12 years?
  2. Do you have the time and energy to care for your pets each day?
  3. Can you afford a new pet? In the first year, a new pet can cost over $1,000.
  4. Is everyone in your household on board with adopting a new furrball (including your landlord)?
  5. Have you researched the type of pet you'd like to adopt?

Still interested in adoption? Great! The adoption process at Aztec Animal Shelter has a few simple steps

  1. Animals waiting for their forever home can be viewed online, but always visit the shelter in person to see which animal you connect with. Be warned, it might be all of them!
  2. Chat to the shelter staff about any questions you have.
  3. Play with the dog or cat to get an idea of their personality.
  4. Complete the paperwork and pay the adoption fee.

You can even go home with your new animal the same day!

A tip from Aztec Animal Shelter's staff: When adopting, try to time your adoption for when you have some free time at home

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Aztec Animal Shelter vary by animal. Please contact the shelter for more information, but here are some ranges:


  • Puppies/Adults (up to 7 years): Starting at $100
  • Seniors (7+ years): Starting at $50


  • Kittens/Adults (up to 7 years): Starting at $65
  • Seniors (7+ years): Starting at $35

Active or retired military and all seniors (60+ years) qualify to adopt any animal from Aztec Animal Shelter at the senior price.

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Give your new best friend the life and love they deserve.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Aztec Animal Shelter
New Mexico
directly using the contact info above.

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