Santa Fe Animal Shelter Offers Assistance For Families And Pets Displaced By Wildfires In Northern New Mexico

Santa Fe Animal Shelter staff help evacuate animals impacted by wildfires in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/SFAS

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter is assisting those impacted by the fires in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/SFAS

SFAS News:

The Santa Fe Animal Shelter continues to assist anyone who the fires have impacted in northern New Mexico, including the housing of displaced animals, food and other supplies.

The shelter is at maximum capacity; however, shelter officials have transferred some of their animals to Best Friends in Utah, making room for animals that have been evacuated due to the fires.

Tuesday, shelter officials brought in almost two dozen dogs being housed at a temporary location at the Santa Fe Fairgrounds.

In addition, the shelter is working with Animal Humane in Albuquerque to transfer some cats there to allow additional temporary housing for owned cats in the communities affected by the fires.

The shelter is offering dog and cat food, cat litter, and cat kennels to transport animals, all available dog kennels have already been distributed to those in need of one.

According to Murad Kirdar, spokesperson for the shelter, the entire shelter is at maximum capacity and they hope that more kennels will become available for more space during the “Empty the Shelter” event now underway.

The “Empty the Shelter” event, sponsored by Bissell, has all adoptions for all animals at no fee. Puppies and kittens are $25 and include spay/neuter, microchip and age-appropriate vaccinations and continues through May 15.

If the public would like to donate to pet families impacted by the fires – food, litter and other supplies can be dropped off at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter, and they will distribute the items as needed. Monetary donations may be made at

The shelter also is working with the pop-up shelter in Glorieta by providing crates and kennels to  evacuees.

Anyone in need of animal assistance or to house a cat temporarily, reach out to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s admissions department, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week at 505.983.4309, extension 1606.

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