Do you know what the requirements of dog or cat ownership are in Santa Fe County?


  • All dogs and cats over the age of 3 months must have a rabies shot
  • All dogs over the age of 3 months must have a county license
  • A copy of the dog's current rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license
  • It is unlawful for any owner of an animal to fail, refuse, or neglect to provide his or her animal with proper and adequate food, water, and shade or shelter
  • All persons owning or having charge of an animal must keep the animal restrained on their premises; It is unlawful to allow any dog to run at large
  • It is unlawful for a pet owner to allow animals to persistently or continuously bark, howl or make noise common to their species, or otherwise disturb the peace 

Licenses can be obtained from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, located at 100 Caja Del Rio, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507. The shelter can be reached at (505)-983-4309.

CLICK HEREfor licensing information and fees

To report any animal violations, please call Santa Fe County Animal Control Dispatch at (505) 428-3720 

Animal Control Ordinance 1991-6

Animal Control Ordinance 2017-1

Animal Control Supervisor

Officer Thomas Wells – 505-992-1622

Animal Control Officers

  • Ramon Sedillo
  • Stetson Christopherson
  • Phoenix Bergman

Animal Control Secretary

Kaitlyn Maes


Animal Control Services

Office:(505) 428-3720
Fax:(505) 424-1230