Pet adoption

Update: County adoption event canceled

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Sandoval County Animal Services had to cancel its adoption event scheduled for Sunday.

Problems arose in making arrangements. Animal care associate Kelli Mortensen said she hopes to host an adoption event soon.

The county always has dogs and cats available for adoption, and people can arrange to meet any pet they wish to adopt. To see animals in need of homes, check out the county animal services Facebook page here.

Ava, left, and Braulio, two dogs in the care of Sandoval County Animal Services, are available for adoption. They form a bonded pair and must be adopted together. They are house trained, fully vaccinated and groomed. Argen Marie Duncan / Observer

To meet a pet or for more information, call (505) 867-7642 or email [email protected]

Mortensen said people interested in adopting fill out an application. Then county staff members would quiz them about their lifestyle and what they look for in a pet to make sure the animal and humans are likely a good fit, followed by a home visit and meeting other family animals.

If the home visit goes well, a one- or two-week trial adoption begins, with the county providing food, collars, ID tags and leashes. If the trial adoption goes well, a full adoption is finalized.

Adoption fees are typically $120 for dogs and $100 for cats, with the price including vaccinations, microchipping, neutering, and testing for heartworms and tick-borne diseases.

The county is also looking for foster homes for cats and dogs of all ages, as well as donations of wire and plastic crates for animals of all sizes, Kong toys, natural peanut butter (no xylitol), Kong candy dough, squeaky toys, new toothbrushes, blankets, towels and toiletries.

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