A 7246 Highway 54-70, Alamogordo, NM 88310 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats.

Pets at AnimalVILLAGENM

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  • Dogs
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  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
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  • Adult
  • Senior
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  • Male
  • Female

Sugar Plum

Female, Senior
Pit Bull Terrier / Labrador Retriever

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1 - 1 of 1 Adoptable Pets at This Shelter

Areas AnimalVILLAGENM Serves

Las Cruces

AnimalVILLAGENM's Adoption Process

1. Submit Application

2. Approve Application

3. Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

by appointment only

4. Meet the Pet

5. Home Check

6. Sign Adoption Contract

7. Pay Fee

apply, approve, appointment … no first time adopters... must be employed and have proof of residency


At age 18, Sunny Aris Director, had a traumatic experience which influenced her career in animal welfare. The basis for the founding of AnimalVILLAGENM is rooted in Sunny's horror as she witnessed the extermination of large numbers of healthy cats and dogs - by gassing - at a municipal facility in Los Angeles. Can you imagine? Sunny had applied for the position of Director, Volunteer Services to Animals, and this tactic was used to intimidate her into doing a good job. She was told, "If you do your job, the animals will live." Sunny told herself, "I am going to have a pet orphanage someday - where no one will be killed." AnimalVILLAGENM - Sunny's dream realized.

YES!!!! We always always always need donations and we ALWAYS need volunteers. There is so much we want to do and so much that we cannot accomplish because we simply cannot afford hired help and rely on volunteers. Alamogordo NM is a particularly challenging place to operatie a NO KILL animal rescue. There are NO SPAY NEUTER LAWS in New Mexico. Alamogordo is one of the less educated and more impoverished cities in the state. SO WE NEED ALL KINDS OF HELP.

Here's a bit more about AnimalVILLAGENM:
VNM is a NO-KILL pet adoption center & animal-welfare facility. When we have open space and funding we partner with animal control facilities to rescue friendly, adoptable death-row dogs and cats. Our mission is to stop the killing of thousands of dogs and cats abandoned at AC facilities. Because of the enormous number of pets being abandoned, New Mexico’s under-staffed and under-funded animal control facilities cannot keep them alive until committed homes are found. The vast majority of abandoned pets in New Mexico and in the United States never make it out of shelters alive.

We are a private 501c3 non-profit, no-kill, all-breed rescue life-saving organization for pets abandoned to municipal shelters. We are located at a highly visible & accessible property on NM Hwy 54/70. We have ‘stepped out in faith’ that we will receive the funding and support to save the lives of the animals that we love.

Our cat adoptions are to indoor only homes, no declawing allowed. As our pets have already faced death from euthanasia in shelters, we don't want our adopted cats or kittens to again face death from cars on the road, or by predators. We adopt dogs as family members, not to watch a family live their lives through the window from a backyard, but as beloved companions, who will sleep inside the guardians’ homes, and be an active part of their lives. All dogs are obedienced trained prior to adoption and adopters must attend free onsite training courses.

AVNM assists our adopters with K9 training and educational support to offer their adopted pets. We expect a lifetime commitment that gives dogs and cats a real place in their families’ lives, and hearts. We are dedicated to this goal.
Animal Village NM offers a 7-acre nature trail and dog walk for the use of volunteers, adopters and the community.

Please support our efforts to maintain our animal welfare center as a place of kindness, safety and excellent care for our beloved animal companions. We are walking our talk here, saving lives daily, with your help.

Mission Statement

To significantly reduce the numbers of abandoned pets being euthanized in New Mexico’s municipal facilities, to spay and neuter them so that the numbers of stray pets do not increase, to fully vaccinate them to stop the spread of disease, and to train the pets to be successful and loved in their new homes.

We strive to maintain self-sufficiency through helpful, coordinated pet services and well-advertised fundraising campaigns. This allows AVNM to expand to an even more efficient, highly trained, communicative and motivated organization.

Come Meet AnimalVILLAGENM's Pets

Currently we are open only twelve (yes 12 - you read it correctly) hours per week because we lack income and volunteers.

Our adoptions are by pre-approved application ONLY and appointments must be made due to the limited open hours. During our open hours we accept applications for our "PAW Program" which is a low-cost spay/neuter program offered to low income families in Otero and Lincoln counties.

M,W,F 2-4pm Tu, Th 2-5

We have an adoption event coming up on Saturday, 10/27/18 at White Sands Mall from about 11am - 3pm.

AnimalVILLAGENM's Adopted Pets

See Adopted Pets List