Rio Rancho approves pet adoption changes

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

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho city councilors have approved an ordinance that will increase its pet adoption fee.

This means it will cost $100 to adopt an animal. Right now it costs $89 if the animal is not sterilized or $44 if it is.

The measure will also reduce the time the shelter will hold animals before they’re put up for adoption from seven days to three.

Officials say pets will only be put down as a last resort or if they are sick or vicious.

While city councilors have approved the ordinance it still has to pass a second reading before it goes into effect.

Officials say these changes will help the city save thousands, help free up space for animals that need to be quarantined and help them find homes sooner. 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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