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Santa Fe Animal Shelter

Experience the Shelter

Experience the Shelter with family and friends during this one-time special Volunteer event.

Many groups and individuals would like to experience the Santa Fe Animal Shelter but can’t commit to a six-month period or training classes. Experience the Shelter offers a "hands-on" opportunity, offers people a unique behind-the-scenes look at animal sheltering. Here’s a look at the program:

Time frame: 2-to-8 hours

Possible activities:
  • Making pup-sicles for dog treats;
  • Filling Kongs for enriching dogs in kennels;
  • Assisting Kennel staff first thing in the morning (laundry, dishes);
  • Preparing paperwork in adoptions; greeting visitors;
  • Spending time assisting a Behavior, Adoptions or Admissions staff member
  • Animal interaction: Depending on experience and comfort and under the
  • guidance of the adoption staff, counselors will bring a dog or cat of their
  • choice to interact in a kennel, colony room or a visiting room;
  • Other volunteer activities as applicable.
  • One-week advance notice.
  • If group is underage: one adult per five-to-10 children (up to 15 years).
  • Must be willing to arrive at a specific time and stay all two hours.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 505-983-4309, ext. 1128 or volunteer@sfhumanesociety.org for more information or to book a time.

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About Santa Fe Animal Shelter


100 Caja Del Rio Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507, US

Mission Statement

Since 1939, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter has been dedicated to its mission: support animals, save lives, spread compassion.


We are northern New Mexico’s largest open-admission, no-kill shelter. Our Live Release Rate is currently at 94.2 percent.

As a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, we receive nearly all of our funding from private donors in our community and beyond. Santa Fe Animal Shelter focuses on spay/neuter programs to control overpopulation, creative adoption efforts to bring pets to loving families and dozens of programs providing support for marginalized animals.


We'll work with your schedule.


100 Caja Del Rio RoadSanta Fe, NM 87507



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Child Development


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 6

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