Who are we? What do we do?

Viva! NM Rural Animal Rescue is a small, volunteer-based animal rescue located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Established in 2012, we work throughout the state of New Mexico to help rural animal shelters lower their euthanasia rates.

Our efforts are focused on responsibly rehoming pets, promoting spay and neuter, community education, networking with other rescues, and helping shelters achieve an online presence.

Shelters are limited in kennel space, so we help to assist with other rescues that sponsor shelter pets in and out of state by pulling and temporary foster until transport can be arranged to these rescues. This opens kennel space so that fewer animals are euthanized and prevents the death of animals that have rescues wanting to help.

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We are a foster-based rescue, which means we do not have a facility location. All of our adoptable dogs reside in foster homes where they live as members of the family until they are adopted.

Our foster families provide the love and attention that many of these dogs have never before experienced. Our adoptable dogs can be met via scheduled appointment or at any of our adoption events.

Every dog deserves a second or third chance at a life with a family. We want the public to know the importance of having your pets spayed or neutered as hundreds of kittens puppies, and thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters every year.