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Volunteer – Animal Care Agencies

Helping our furry allies is a great way to make a difference in your local community. Many dogs and cats in the animal shelter lack enough attention and socialization to be able to be placed in a happy home. You can make a difference by walking the dogs and playing with the kitties! Help our future pets by giving them attention first!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 575-646-3200 or email


ACTion Programs for Animals

ACTion Programs for Animals (APA) works hard to help our municipal shelter and community in reaching our No Kill goal, which means to get to a point where we are saving 90% or more of the animals entering the shelter. We consistently rescue dogs, puppies, cats and kittens from the shelter using a network of foster homes, a small adoption center, and help from many, many dedicated volunteers. We always need more help with just about everything, so a student volunteering with us can let us know where they think or want to fit in to lend a hand.  800 W. Picacho Ave. and offsite for events.

Volunteers are needed Tues/Thurs/Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat or Sun 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Person: Ms. Michel Meunier
Telephone: 575-644-0505


Human Society of Southern New Mexico

The Humane Society of Southern New Mexico (HSSNM) was established in June 2007 as a non-profit, 501C3 charitable organization. HSSNM is an all-volunteer organization working to bring community wide solutions to animal welfare issues including the high euthanasia rate at our municipal animal shelter. HSSNM is committed to assisting allied organizations and building relationships with groups & individuals to provide strong advocacy for animals in need.

Goals of HSSNM: 1) Increase adoption of homeless animals, including those from shelters. 2) Decrease the killing (euthanasia) of healthy & treatable companion animals. 3) Implement “best practices” in animal welfare in our community & southern NM.

Volunteers are needed always. Times vary per activity, event, project.

Contact Person: Jean Gilbert
Telephone: 575-522-2529

safe haven

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary

Founded in 1995, Safe Haven is the largest “no kill” rescue for cats and dogs. We provide a safe place for them to live until they are adopted into new homes. Numerous locations around the city.

Volunteers are needed most on weekends.

Contact Person: Tricia Quillen
Telephone: 408-529-1065

 Operation Spot

Operation SPOT – NM

This is a community event to help save lives by decreasing unplanned pregnancies through Spay-Neuter-Microchip programs. The clinics are PUP UP’s which take place at PetSmart and bring together a travel team of veterinarians and volunteers to attend to the surgery and aftercare for approximately 120 dogs and cats PER CLINIC.

The volunteers are utilized as greeters, animal helpers for check in, comfort givers for post operative support and check out. Although low cost, we strive to provide an EXCELLENT level of CUSTOMER SERVICE for our clients, both 2 legged and 4 legged.

When volunteers are needed: The clinics take place on average of once a month. The clinic requires set up, break down, and 9 hours during the operating days. We are prepared for SHIFTS and can accommodate schedules. We will give preferential consideration to those with vet tech experience, grooming skills and nail clipping for pets.

Contact Person: Kelly Barker