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Our Adoption Process:
You may view some of our adoptables online at Not all of our adoptables are shown on this website and some have already been adopted - our vounteer web team cannot keep up with incoming rescues at this time but they are doing their best!

The Innova21 Foundation/New Mexico Pets Alive partnership currently completes adoptions via 'foster to adopt'. The process includes an adoption form, home visit and meet and greet and 1 week foster period if our adoption team thinks the match could be a great one for everyone involved. The foster period allows everyone to see if the pup/dog/cat may be the right fit for their family before we finalize the adoption. That removes pressure on potential adopters and allows us to be able to facilitate good matches with very few adoption returns. If it's not the right fit, we would prefer to learn that prior to adoption finalization so we can better help both our adoptables and potential adopters find the match that will be the right fit. We do our best to rotate our pups and dogs in a variety of foster homes to expand their world view, social skills, confidence, new experiences and in some cases their coping skills. We do not prefer to keep a pup or dog in the same foster home for a long period of time unless it is the home that will be adopting them. Our ability to meet maximum rotation depends on how many active foster families we have at any given time.

Our adoption fees typically run from $125 - $250. It costs us approximately $250 to save one life, about 50% less than what larger organizations, shelters and agencies are spending to save one life. NMPA does our very best to ensure healthy animals by providing a pre-adoption assessment, veterinary care and other adoption preparatory services to meet the individual needs of each of our incoming rescues.  To the best of our ability, we provide as much information as possible regarding the animal’s history, behavior and personality.  Spay/neuter is required for all of our adoptables.  All NMPA adoptables receive de-worming, flea/tick prevention, age appropriate vaccinations (DA2PP, bordetella, rabies) and heartworm preventative.

Availability of Our Adoptables:

Many families looking to adopt take the time to complete our adoption form and home visit even if we do not currently have a pet they wish to adopt. While they actively search local shelters and other adoption groups for their adoption match, they will receive 1st photos of our incoming rescues before we upload the photos to our adoption site because they have taken the time to complete these steps already. When they receive photos and see a pup, kitten, dog or cat they would like to meet and possibly adopt, they then have 1st adoption priority. Most of our adoptions happen via this method so most of our pets available for adoption never make it onto our adoption website and some don't even make it to our events.

The NMPA foster to adopt form is located online at You may complete the online form to get the process started. Once we receive it, our team will review your application and get back to you to set up a home visit. It allows us to meet everyone in the family, see where the NMPA adoptables will be living, answer any questions you may have, etc. Once the home visit is completed, our adoption team will begin sending you photos of our incoming rescues and do their best to help you find an adoption match. They will also recommend other adoption agencies, groups and orgs as well.

If a pet is listed on our adoption site, it does not necessarily mean they are available for adoption. We do not remove an adoption listing until the adoption is finalized which can take a week or more.
THANK YOU for adopting whether it be from NMPA or another group or shelter! #ADOPTIONSAVESLIVES