3441 Northern Boulevard
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

View All Adoptable Pets

To view our adoptable animals, click on the link above. Any of these animals would love to go home with you today! Call to ensure that the animal you are interested in is still available for adoption. Our Petfinder website is updated twice a week with new adoptable pets.

Adopt a Pet from Rio Rancho Animal Control

All dogs, cats, puppies, kittens can be adopted for $100. This includes purebred dogs and "designer" dogs.

Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip and registration, rabies vaccination, Rio Rancho City license, RCP vaccination for cats, DA2PP and Bordetella vaccination for dogs. All dogs/cats adopted from Rio Rancho Animal Control are spay/neutered before they go to new adoptive home. Adopted animals are scheduled for surgery on the next available surgery date, Monday - Friday of each week, and go home the following day.

RRAC offers a Seniors for Seniors Adoption Program. Under this program, senior citizens (age 62 and over) may adopt a senior dog or cat for $25. This program was created to encourage adoption of senior pets that enter our shelter and to provide an affordable canine or feline companion for senior citizens. You do NOT have to be a resident of Rio Rancho to qualify for this program. It is open to any senior citizen.

Animals that qualify for this program are: Dogs <25 lbs, ages 7+ years Dogs >25 lbs, ages 5+ years Cats, age 5+ years

RRAC now has a Flat Rate Reclaim (FRR) Fee for unsterilized animals that are being reclaimed. $125 FRR include spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, microchip & registration, Rio Rancho city license, and RCP for cats or DA2PP and Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine for dogs.

Owners reclaiming a dog who prefer to have their pet sterilized by their vet of choice may still opt to pay a $175 sterilization deposit which is refunded upon proof of sterilization within 30 days.

Owners reclaiming dogs who prefer NOT to have their dog sterilized may purchase an Unaltered Animal Permit for $175 which is valid for one year, and a Non-spayed/Non-neutered dog license for $25.

Reclaim fee for dogs or cats that are already spayed/neutered is $25 for first day, and $10/board per day thereafter. Rabies vaccination (if needed) will cost $10, RR City License is $4 and Microchip is available for $15.

Surrender fee is $30 per animal for Rio Rancho residents.

Euthanasia fee is $30 for Rio Rancho residents.

Animals with no sign of ownership (such as microchip, collar, harness, tags) that have not been reclaimed by the third day of impoundment, may be made available for adoption, rescue or shelter transfer.

Animals with signs of ownership (such as microchip, collar, harness, tags) that have not been reclaimed by the seventh day of impoundment, may be made available for adoption, rescue or shelter transfer.

View All Adoptable Pets

We have dogs, cats, puppies and kittens of all shapes, sizes, & breeds including purebred and "designer" breeds, all just waiting to go home with you. Stop by the shelter during our open hours and check out our pets. We have wonderful adult and senior pets who are past the trials and tribulations of youth and just want to enjoy life with you.
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Lost and Found Pets

If you have found an animal, please report it to Rio Rancho Animal Control at (505) 891-5075. When stray pets are picked up or brought to Rancho Animal Control, we check for tags and scan for microchips. If owner information is available, we contact the owner. If your pet is lost, we suggest you stop by the shelter to see if we have it. Even though we try to get photos of all animals in the shelter, we may not have the photo posted on our Petfinder site at the time you check the please, stop by if you have lost your pet. We have had some wonderful reunions at the shelter. We are delighted to reunite lost pets with their owners and remind pet owners to affix your city license AND an ID tag to your pet's collar so that we can quickly reach you if your pet shows up at the shelter. Even better -- get a microchip implanted in your pet. The microchip contains only an ID number -- no personal information is contained on the microchip. If your pet is already microchipped, you should periodically contact the microchip company (AVID, HomeAgain, AKC, 24PetWatch, etc) to ensure that they have your current contact information. More often than not, we have pets enter the shelter with a microchip and old outdated information. We are unable to reach the owner. If you don't know what type of microchip your pet has, we will be happy to scan it and provide you with the information you need so you can contact the microchip company.

City Licenses

Rio Rancho city licenses are just $4 for spayed/neutered animals, and $2 for senior citizens. The city license for unaltered animals is $25. City licenses enable the shelter to quickly locate the owner as long as the address/phone on file is current.

Stray Pets

Stray animals with signs of ownership are held for seven (7) days to allow owners time to reclaim their pet. Unclaimed, non-aggressive animals, are then available for adoption. During the 7-day period, animals may be reserved for adoption by an interested party. If the owner does not reclaim the animal by the end of the 7-day period, the interested party may come in and complete adoption paperwork. Stray animals with no signs are ownership are held for three (3) days and made available for adoption on the 4th day.

Happy Tails!

Click here for a sampling of the dogs and cats from our shelter which have been adopted and are home with their new families.

Who we are

Rio Rancho Animal Control is a division of the Rio Rancho Police Department. Our Animal Care staff provide daily care for the animals in our facility, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Our administration office is open from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Monday - Saturday. The office staff are available for you to purchase licenses, permits, reclaim pets, and adoptions. The Kennels and Cattery are open to view dogs/cats from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday. We are closed on Sundays and Holidays. You may also view lost/adoptable pets on our Petfinder website, We hope that people will use this site to search for their lost pets or to find their next new canine/feline companion. Help us spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors by telling them about our Petfinder website!

Come Visit Us!

To reach Rio Rancho Animal Control from Albuquerque, take I-25 to Paseo Del Norte. West on Paseo Del Norte to Coors. North on Coors to the Coors Bypass, connecting to Hwy 528. North on Hwy 528 to Northern Blvd. West on Northern 2.5 miles to the shelter which will be on the right as you reach the top of the hill.


3441 Northern Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM 87124