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Albuquerque westside animal shelter will be closed Monday, May 20 for construction



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city’s westside animal shelter will be closed for one day on May 20 while crews install a new electrical box. The shelter will re-open the next day.

While the westside shelter is temporarily closed for intake and reclaims, the city’s eastside shelter will be open for emergency intake of stray animals from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20. Non-emergency intakes are by appointment only – appointments can be made at this link.

Emergency intake admissions don’t require an appointment. Emergencies include animals that are injured as well as kittens and puppies under the age of seven weeks without a mother, the Animal Welfare Department says. Animals that pose a risk to humans are also eligible for emergency intake.

If you find a stray pet that does not meet the emergency criteria, the Animal Welfare Department says you should:

  • Maintain custody of the pet until their appointment and look for its owner, as allowed per the HEART Ordinance
  • Have stray pets scanned for a microchip at a local veterinary clinic, or Microchip scanning locations (no appointment is necessary)
  • Report the found pet to Animal Welfare by calling 311
  • Ask neighbors and post flyers where the pet was found
  • Promote the pet on Pawboost, a free website and app to reunite stray pets with their owners
  • Post information on other social media outlets such as Facebook, NextDoor, CraigsList, etc.



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