Become an Animal Ambassador!

The Community Services Department is always seeking compassionate hearts and competent hands to help care for the County’s homeless pets. The Animal Ambassador Program provides people the opportunity to help homeless pets through foster, adoption, or other volunteer opportunities.

Dogs impounded by Sandoval County are initially taken to a climate-controlled kennel facility located on the Administrative Campus at 1500 Idalia Road in Bernalillo, while cats are placed in feline-specific safe environments. Most pets impounded by Sandoval County are either returned to owner or transferred to an area agency for adoption. In some cases, however, homeless pets are adopted out directly through the Community Services Department. And in all cases where appropriate, the preference is to place impounded pets in temporary foster homes rather than a facility environment.

We use PetFinder and Adopt-a-Pet to post animals presently ready for adoption. Both links are accessible through the icons seen here.

Foster and Adoption Information
If you are interested in fostering or adopting an animal, you must first complete the application found HERE and return it to sandovalpets@sandovalcountynm.gov You will be subsequently contacted by a Community Services staff member regarding next steps.

If you have received an approved application for foster and/or adoption and would like to adopt a particular pet already placed in your care as a foster, you will need to complete the Adoption Agreement found HERE and return it to sandovalpets@sandovalcountynm.gov. You will be subsequently contacted by a Community Services staff member to finalize the process if approved.

Become a Volunteer
If you are interested in other ways to volunteer, please complete the general volunteer form found HERE and submit it to sandovalpets@sandovalcountynm.gov.

For general questions or to inquire about lost or adoptable pets, please call (505) 867-7642.

Low-Income Spay & Neuter Program

The Sandoval County Community Services Department has teamed up with Watermelon Mountain Ranch to offer free pet spay and neuter surgeries to low income pet owners in Sandoval County.

Learn more about the Spay & Neuter Program

Free-Roaming Horses of Placitas

The County and members of the Placitas community continue to grapple with humane, legal, and sustainable solutions for the area’s free roaming horse population. The County commissioned a task force administered by the nonpartisan policy organization New Mexico First to share information and suggest solutions for the humane treatment of the horses, sustainability of the environment, and potential actions for residents, neighborhoods, and government agencies. The County also created a Free Roaming Horse Advisory Council to put community ideas into motion.

Learn more about the Free-Roaming Horses of Placitas

Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Services

In 2002, the Sandoval County Commission enacted Ordinance 02-02-21.B, the Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance. The Sheriff’s Office is continuously educating the residents of Sandoval County about the Animal Control Ordinance and New Mexico State Law. Violations of the Sandoval County Animal Control Ordinance or State Law could result in the impound of animals, a misdemeanor citation or even arrest with fines up to $300. Copies of the Animal Control Ordinance may be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office or click here.

Learn more about Animal Control Services