Rio Rancho Animal Resource Center

If you have lost or found a pet please report it to us within 24 hours at 505-891-5075.

Hours of Operation


Office Hours
Monday--Saturday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kennel Hours
Monday--Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Rio Rancho Animal Resource Center (RRARC) is CLOSED Sunday and all City holidays.

Pet Adoption

To see what pets are available for adoption, view our Adoption Center.

Pets in Rio Rancho

Find out what requirements and laws there are regarding animals by viewing our City Pet Regulations

New Policies Aimed at Focusing ARC’s Efforts Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Thank you for wishing to visit the City of Rio Rancho Animal Resource Center (ARC).  In an effort to continue our mission to save animal lives and also comply with social distancing recommendations, we’re taking appointments for visitation.  We encourage those considering adoption to first view our available cats and dogs on Pet Finder or our Facebook page and then call (505) 891-5075 to schedule an adoption appointment.

Beginning April 1, 2020, the ARC will only accept emergency intake of stray animals, meaning animals in need of medical treatment because they are sick or injured and animals that may pose a risk to public safety. Our office will be open for emergency intake of stray animals from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Animal Resource Officers will continue operations to address public safety concerns.

Individuals who find a stray pet that does not meet the emergency criteria are encouraged to do the following:

  • Maintain custody of the pet and look for its owner
  • Have stray pets scanned for a microchip at a local veterinary clinic or ARC 
  • Promote lost and found pets on the following Facebook pages: 

ARC will be accepting non-emergency stray pets on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., by appointment only.  Anyone who finds a stray pet should contact (505) 891-5075 to schedule an appointment.

ARC is asking people not to surrender healthy pets, following the guidance provided by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). NACA is advising animal shelters to take extra measures to reduce shelter intake to mitigate the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19. 

Owners of animals who want to surrender their pet to the shelter are being asked to wait until pandemic concerns subside.

ARC will not be offering or scheduling euthanasia appointments at this time. 

The ARC is also implementing enhanced cleaning procedures to maximize the safety of the public as well as that of employees and animals.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding in these uncertain times.  The ARC staff wants to do everything possible to ensure that we can remain healthy enough to take care of our furry guests while they await their future homes.