Animal Control
Contact Info

The Animal Control division is responsible for providing animal control services in the County. This includes enforcement of state and local laws and ordinances regarding animal welfare, impounding stray domestic animals (dogs and cats), and animal shelter operations - which consists of animal intake and release, animal care, volunteer programs and adoption of animals.

Public Safety Aides (PSA's) are available to assist citizens with animal control issues. To request a PSA please call dispatch at 662-8222. Please contact the Animal Shelter at 662-8179 if you would like information that is not provided here.

Los Alamos County Animal Control deals only with domestic animals. We are also available to assist you with other animal issues and concerns. The following is an abbreviated list of surrounding agencies that we frequently call upon:

Frequently Requested Phone Numbers 

NM Department of Game and Fish

1-888-248-6866

505-476-8000

Espanola Wildlife Center

505-753-9505

Sant Fe County Animal Control

505-424-2050

Santa Fe Animal Shelter

505-983-4309

Santa Fe Emergency Vet

505-984-0625

Espanola Animal Control

505-753-4630

Espanola Animal Shelter

505-753-8662


The PSA on duty is subject to respond to calls or police officers will assist. Other times by appointment: call 662-8222 or 662-8179.

Business Hours
Sunday 12 pm to 3 pm
Monday 12 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday 12 pm to 6 pm
Wednesday 12 pm to 6 pm
Thursday 12 pm to 6 pm
Friday 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 11 am to 4 pm

Other times by appointment: call 662-8222 or 662-8179.The PSA on duty is subject to respond to calls or police officers will assist.

Roaming Animals

Police dispatch should be called for all roaming animals, barking dogs, or bites. The shelter can be called for adoptions/surrenders, lost/found, wildlife trap requests, etc.

To claim a roaming animal, the owner must provide paperwork proving current rabies vaccination and pay the capture and boarding fees. All fees are per animal, and do not include other assessments imposed by the courts.

Shelter Fees

Cats   
$ 75 Less than 6 months
$ 50 6 months to 7 years
$ 35 Over 7 years

 

Dogs   
$100 Less than 6 months
$ 75 6 months to 7 years
$ 60 Over 7 years

Cash or check (payable to Los Alamos County). VISA and MasterCard accepted.

The Animal Shelter staff works with a local organization, The Friends of the Shelter, to care for animals that are eligible for adoption. The County has a very high animal adoption rate -- good news for the stray or roaming animals picked up in our County!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Los Alamos County Animal Shelter has an extensive volunteer program. The volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, groom and bathe animals, and foster animals that have been at the shelter for too long a period of time.

Contact Information


Los Alamos Police Department
Public Safety Aides
662-8179

 

Links And Documents

Winter Pet Safety
Tips on how to keep your pet safe and warm this winter.
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Living With Large Predators
Information on encountering large predators, and what to do if you live in large predator areas. You can call New Mexico Game and Fish Department Main Office, 1 Wildlife Way, Santa Fe, NM 87507, (505) 476-8000
Animal Control Ordinance
The animal control ordinance adopted by Council 2014 (PDF document).
Voice and Sight Control Maps
Shows park areas where voice/sight control is allowed for pets
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Dog Owners Guide to LA County Ordinances
What will happen if I let my dog bark? What can I do about a nuisance dog? Can I take my dog to parks or on trails? What does County Code say about dogs?
FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding the Animal Shelter and animal safety.

Friends of the Shelter
A local volunteer organization that plays an active part in many of the day to day operation of the Animal Shelter. Volunteers assist by socializing animals, giving temperament tests, and by running local ads and announcements with information about animals that are available for adoption. Volunteers may also provide short or long term foster care for animals. The Friend's of the Shelter, in partnership with Hills's Pet Food, provide quality pet food for Shelter animals at a minimal cost.
Trail Network Map
Shows where voice and sight control is allowed on trails (495 KB PDF document)