Animal Control

Animal Shelter is open:

Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:30 PM

Closed on Saturday, Sundays and City Holidays

The Portales Police Department provides full-service animal control to all residents within the Portales city limits. Animal Control Officers attend state certification classes and are trained to handle calls for service that involve domestic animals or wildlife. The Division provides patrol service six days per week and may be called out after hours in case of an emergency.

All dogs and cats kept within the city limits must get a Portales city license. This license can be picked up at the Animal Shelter. Owners should bring proof of vaccination for their pet(s). The license costs $5.00 per year. In addition to the individual animal registration, Animal Control is responsible for issuing Domestic Livestock, Residential Multi-Animal and Commercial Permits.

The Department encourages responsible pet ownership and has many dogs and cats that are available for adoption. It is your responsibility to ensure the following ordinances are adhered to with your pets within City limits:

· Sec. 7-4. - Annual registration required.

o No person shall own, keep, harbor, or have custody of any dog or cat over three (3) months of age unless or until the animal is registered with animal control. Registration fee shall be five dollars ($5.00) for each animal. Registration maybe accomplished by mail, by process established by animal control and the city. The registration form shall contain specific information about the type, breed or common name of the dog, its color, and contain any and all other identifying features so that the dog and/or cat can be identified visually to conform to the information on the registration sheet and on the individualized registration tag.

o At the time of registration, animal control shall issue to the person registering, a metallic tag furnished by the city with a registration number and year of registration marked thereon. The registration must be renewed every twelve (12) months.

o The owner and/or keeper of the animal must keep the registration tag fastened to the collar of harness of the animal and the registration tag shall be worn at all times when the animal is off the premises of its owner and/or keeper.

· Sec. 7-5. - Certificate of vaccination required.

o It shall be the duty of the owner and/or keeper of any dog(s) and/or cat(s) kept within the city to have the animal(s) inoculated against rabies. The owner and/or keeper must have proof of current inoculation at all times and provide evidence of the same to any officer upon request. The certificate shall be obtained prior to and shall be a condition of obtaining a registration.

· Sec. 7-13. - Cruelty prohibited.

o No person shall cruelly treat any animal in the city in any way. Any person who inhumanely beats, under feeds, overloads, abandons, fails to provide adequate water, or fails to provide adequate shelter from severe heat or cold shall be deemed guilty of a violation of this section.


  • Adoption Fee $25.00
  • Spay / Neuter Fee $30.00. This fee is refundable upon proof that the animal was spayed or neutered.
  • Vaccination Fee $30.00. This fee is refundable upon proof of vaccination.

Animal Control Staff include:

Supervisor : Sgt Jacob Montgomery

Vernon Collins - Animal Control Officer

Contact Us

Animal Control
Animal Shelter
1700 N Boston Ave
Portales, NM 88130
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  • Business: (575) 356-4404
  • Personnel Directory
  • Hours: Monday-Friday 10-4:30 Closed Saturday and Sunday

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