New Mexico Pets Alive! can receive anywhere from 50 - 200 at risk shelter pet rescue requests and owner surrender/found pet rescue requests each week from across NM regarding animals that have been passed over by other groups and have no other options but we are currently overcapacity and cannot help more animals without more funds and fosters.  It costs us about $250 to save a life but sometimes more depending on the programming and services that companion animal needs. If you'd like to help by donating, please visit the right-hand side of this page. If you'd like to sign on to foster or volunteer, please click onto one of the following links:

Foster a Pet, or Volunteer!

Click here to complete a Foster Application - THANK YOU!

Foster a Pet in Need: Not a Lifetime Commitment but a Commitment to Help Save a Life!
New Mexico Pets Alive! specializes in rescuing at-risk shelter pets that have been passed over by other groups and have no other options and will be put down if we do not have a place for them to go. We ensure a good foster match for everyone in the home (including your current animals) provide all vet care, food and supplies. As a foster home, you supply temporary TLC and act as the bridge to their second chance to find a happy home. We can only save as many lives as we have foster families.

What is a Foster Home?
A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in our rescue program while they are awaiting placement in our foster to adopt program. The number of animals we can save depends entirely on the number of people who open their homes and hearts to foster them.

Why Foster?
Because many of our dogs and cats cannot go directly into a foster to adopt home, the only way that we can save these animals is with the help of foster homes. Our young kittens and puppies need to stay in foster until they are old enough to be spayed and neutered, at which time they are ready for adoption. Older pets who are ill or injured may need to stay in foster care until they are well enough for adoption.

In some cases, a foster home is needed to help an animal transition from the stress of having been abandoned at a shelter. For some dogs and cats, they will need to stay in a foster home until they are adopted.

Being a pet foster family has rewards beyond the essential value of helping a pet in need find a new home. For some, it is a chance to have an animal companion without a lifetime commitment, or to try new companions for an existing pet. For others, it is the special challenge of helping an animal recover from an illness or injury, the trauma of losing a beloved owner or home, or to overcome a behavioral issue. Occasionally, it's the joy of giving extra TLC to kittens and puppies too young to be adopted.

How Long Can I Expect to Foster a Pet?
Fosters will keep animals an average of 1 - 2 weeks unless it is medically or behaviorally indicated otherwise. Some pets need more time because of age, illness, injury, or behavior issues. You will be told up-front before you agree to foster the pet how long of a commitment we believe it will be.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Family?

  • Provide a safe, clean, caring environment
  • Provide food, water, litter, toys/enrichment, and shelter
  • Provide exercise and socialization as appropriate
  • Monitor any medical and/or behavioral problems
  • Transport to/from any necessary vet appointments
  • In certain cases, especially for cats and bottle baby kittens, the foster pets require isolation from other animals in the home for 10-14 days or longer, if the foster pet is sick

The first step to becoming an NMPA! temporary foster family, is for one adult in the home who is at least 21 years of age complete our online foster application located at: We look forward to working with you!

Please click one of the monthly gift buttons located on the top right-hand side of this page or click here to Make a One Time Sponsor Donation. THANK YOU!

New Mexico Pets ALIVE! relies on volunteers to be able to help more people and pets.  We are currently seeking volunteers in all New Mexico cities in the areas of administration, marketing, management, PR, events, animal care/fostering/rehabilitation/adoptions, building maintenance, repairs and janitorial, thrift store operation, graphic design, etc. Whatever skill set you have, I'm certain we can use it!  If you are interested in joining our life-saving efforts for at-risk companion animals and also our efforts to help pet guardians, please complete our Volunteer Application.  You will be contacted via email with information regarding our next Volunteer Orientation/Meetups/Trainings, etc. We look forward to working with you!!


 Your help is needed today. Please DONATE to help NMPA! to help more people and pets!

If you prefer to make a one time donation online, please Click Here. THANK YOU!
You may also make your contribution payable to New Mexico Pets Alive and mail to:
NMPA, PO Box 25661, Albuquerque, NM 87125

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WE NOW ACCEPT VEHICLE DONATIONS of all kinds! To all our friends and supporters, no matter in which state you live - do you have a car, truck, motorcycle, van, RV, farm equipment you want to get rid of? If so, you can receive a tax-deduction if you donate your vehicle to New Mexico Pets Alive!. It's hassle free with a free pick-up and our vehicle donation partner basically does all the work for you. NMPA! receives a portion of each vehicle sale and we use the funds to support the rescued animals in our care (vet care, foster care and rehab/training expenses). Just click onto the car image link to get started. THANK-YOU!!
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