Councilors to discuss animal adoption changes

Rio Rancho pet adoptions
Rio Rancho City Councilors approved animal adoption changes.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – The Rio Rancho city council will discuss a proposal to charge people $100 to adopt dogs from the city pound.

Right now it costs $89 to adopt if the animal is not sterilized or $44 if the animal is already sterilized. The proposal will make it a flat fee of $100 per adoption.

The plan would also shorten how long animals are held before they’re put up for adoption.

Currently, the city waits seven days before putting them up for adoption to see if the pet’s owners will come forward.

That time would be reduced to just three days only if the animal doesn’t show any signs he has an owner.

Councilor Chuck Wilkins says the proposal will help the city save thousands, help free up space for animals that need to be quarantined and help find animals a home sooner. He says on average animals are euthanized if they haven’t been adopted after 18 days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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