The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is the largest animal shelter and care facility in northern New Mexico. It serves more than 10,000 lost, stray, abandoned or injured animals each year. The Shelter contracts with the City and County of Santa Fe to care for homeless and stray animals, but also serves every animal brought through its front doors from any other source. Shelter staff work to reunite people with their lost animal companions, and re-home those animals that have gone unclaimed into new homes through it adoption and New Hope programs.

Each year, we receive proceeds from in-store programs such as “Tree of Hope” and “Spring a Pet”.  In addition, the Foundation provides grants for our annual fundraiser “Cocktails for Critters” and programs such as “Pets are Family Too”, “Kitten Season” as well as emergency funding for extraordinary situations.

Our Partners

Without the help and assistance from our amazing partners, we would not be able to do what we do. Listed below a just a few of our partners. More will be added as time go on.

Second Chance Rescue & Placement

(505) 316-2281

 Cat Spay of Santa Fe is a program of the Zimmer Foundation, a 501(c) 3 private operating foundation established in 1980 and conducting cat welfare programs since 1998 — first in southeastern Michigan, now in northern new Mexico.  (The programs they conducted in Michigan are summarized here.)


Their focus is cat spay/neuter, having now fixed over 13,000 cats for over 3,000 caregivers.  For a better understanding of their programs and their reasons behind them, visit them at Cat Spay of Santa Fe.

The shelter is a refuge for puppies, kittens, dogs and cats that would otherwise be abandoned – hungry, scared, or left to fend for themselves.   Each year, Felines & Friends accepts special needs cats from EVHS and places them in foster homes until adopted.

 The Española Valley Humane Society is an open-admissions shelter, where no animal is ever turned away regardless of health, breed or temperament. There’s never a surrender fee for Rio Arriba County residents. EVHS also operates a low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic to help the communities it serves respond to challenges of pet overpopulation and preventable illness.

Low and no-cost spay/neuter programs address the overpopulation problems that our community faces.  The pilot program “Gatos de Santa Fe” has already resulted in the prevention of thousands of kittens being born to feral cats and the placement of hundreds more through adoption and transfer to Felines & Friends for additional socialization.

The Petco Foundation provides food and litter as well funding for equipment such as bedding, scratching pads and more for our Adoption Center located within the Santa Fe store.