Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where can I get my pet vaccinated or spayed/neutered? 

A:  Any veterinarian can provide these services for your pet.  In addition, The Santa Fe Animal Shelter has a low-cost Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic at 2570 Camino Entrada that can provide vaccinations and low-cost spay/neuter services.  

 

Q:  Do I have to spay/neuter my pet?

A:  City ordinances state that all dogs and cats over 6 months of age must be spayed or neutered.  You are allowed to keep an animal that is not spayed or neutered but you must purchase the appropriate city animal license ($50.00/year) and breeder permit ($125.00/year per breeding animal).     In addition, fines you must pay to claim an unaltered pet are substantially higher than for a pet that has been spayed/neutered.

 

Q:  Where do I get an animal license or breeder permit?

A:  Pet licenses (required for dogs and cats) are purchased from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter.  You can contact them at 983-4309, extension 606, for licensing requirements.  Breeder permits are purchased through City Animal Services at their office.  You can contact them at 955-2708 for further information. 

 

Q:  What number do I call to report loose animals, dangerous animals, injured animals, abused or neglected animals etc.?

A:  Contact  Regional Dispatch at 955-2700 and they will dispatch an Animal Services officer to investigate.

 

Q:  Does the City have a leash law?         

A:  Yes.  City ordinance 5-5.4 states that dogs must be leashed at all times (with a leash no longer than 8 feet in length) and under the immediate physical control of its owner.  The only exception is if the dog is in a designated dog park.  When out with your dog, you must also have with you a means of cleaning up after your dog.  Dogs and cats are not allowed to run loose in the City. 

 

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