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Rehoming in New Mexico

Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership

If you're faced with rehoming your pet, use these resources to help you find the solution that works best for you. And don't forget to reach out to others in the community to find someone who would happily care for your pet. Retirement communities, schools, daycares and local shelters are all options.

Notice to New Mexico Aquarium Owners

March 12, 2021 – New Mexico Game & Fish has released decontamination protocols for aquarium owners who have purchased a moss ball from any source within the last year. Click on the hyperlink above to view instructions for your moss balls, your aquarium water, your aquarium and its accessories.

Please do not flush moss ball or discard any water into a toilet, sink, bath tub, storm drain or any water sources like ponds, lakes or creeks.

nEW mEXICO rehoming resources

Animal Rescue Directory New Mexico provides information about many different shelters and organizations that can help you.

Petroglyphs Magazine is another New Mexico resource.

If you have a pet bird check with:
Macaw & Cockatoo Rescue
High Desert Bird Club of New Mexico
Birds of a Feather Parrot Rescue of New Mexico

For reptiles and amphibians that need new homes contact:
New Mexico Reptile/Amphibian Rescue
New Mexico Herpetological Society


If you see something unusual in a pet product or in the wild, please consider contacting the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish at (505) 476-8163.

Learn more from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish about what you can do to prevent the spread of invasive species in New Mexico.