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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.
Before you commit to adopting, it's important you ask yourself a few basic questions:
Still interested in adoption? Great! The adoption process at Aztec Animal Shelter has a few simple steps
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 at Aztec Animal Shelter vary by animal. Please contact the shelter for more information, but here are some ranges:
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.
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, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.