Adopting a Watermelon Pet!
Q: What is the best way to see your latest activity, news and pets?
A: Social media.
We post on social media all the time, so please follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for up-to-date spotlights of adoptable pets, adoption events, new arrivals, featured pet of the week, and all things Watermelon!
Q: Can I get on a Watch List for a specific breed or size?
A: Yes! We love to play matchmaker!
Email us with details about what you are looking for in your next furry family member (age, size, temperament, energy level, breed preference, and whether you have other pets or children in the home). We can either suggest a few adoptable pets we might currently have or add your name to a Watch List with your preferences.
If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten but have not found the perfect one yet, we suggest completing an application so that we have it on file and can place a cat/kitten on hold should you find one. Holds are only held for a about an hour, so you have enough time to get to its location for the meet and greet.
Q: Where can I see your pets available for adoption?
A: On the Dogs and Cats Adoptables Pages.
This is where we list all of our adoptable pets. Each pet’s profile lists its location.
We offer a few options for Meet & Greets:
1. Pop-up Adoption Events (Puppies & Dogs)
See our monthly calendar of events for the next pop-up event! No appointment or pre-registration needed for a pop-up event! Adoptions are approved on a first-come basis. You are welcome to bring your friendly, leashed dog along for a meet and greet. (Not required when adopting a puppy, but potentially required when adopting an adult dog to ensure compatibility)
2. Main Facility (Large Breed Dogs & Cats)
Our main facility is located in Northern Rio Rancho. It’s a 10-acre property with our administrative building, catteries, dog cottages, vet clinic and retirement village. This is where many of our cats and medium to large breed dogs reside where they get plenty of room for exercise and socializing.
You can email email@example.com to schedule a tour or drop by during public tour hours Wednesday-Sunday 11am-3pm. You will be asked to fill out an adoption questionnaire when you arrive, prior to viewing the animals.
If you are interested in adopting a particular cat or kitten located at the Main facility, please email our feline team firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
3. Going to the Dogs (and Cats) Resale Shop & Adoption Center (Small Breed Dogs & Cats)
10000 Coors Bypass NW, ABQ, NM 87114
(Upper Level near Mor Furniture)
HOURS: Mon-Sat 12pm-6pm, Sun 12-5pm
Dogs & Cats
It is highly recommended if you have a particular pet in mind, please email our Cat Team or Dog Team to set up an appointment to meet them. Otherwise, stop by during open hours to see all available pets at that time.
4. PetSmart - Cottonwood
10248 Coors Bypass NW
ABQ, NM 87114
(505) 792-1772 Ext. 5
Cat Adoptions Wed-Sun 10am to 3pm
Dog Adoptions Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
5. PetSmart - Taylor Ranch
5600 Coors Blvd., ABQ, NM 87120
Cat Adoptions Sat & Sun 11am-3pm
Q: Where are your puppies?
A: Our puppies are in foster homes.
Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages for photos and news on puppies who come of age. When they are old enough, vet checked, microchipped, vaccinated and ready for adoption, their foster family will bring them to one of our pop-up adoption events happening that week.
Surrendering a Pet
Q: I have to surrender a pet, what is the first step?
A: Surrendering a pet is never an easy decision.
Please click here for more information including fees, documentation, and an online form to get started.
Q: I found a stray dog or cat, can I bring it to Watermelon?
A: Due to municipal ordinances we are not able to take in public found strays.
Please take the found animal to a local municipal shelter. This is the best chance for the pet to find their owners.
Vaccinations & Microchips
Q: Do I need an appointment at your Vet Clinic to get my pet vaccinated?
A: Microchips and vaccinations DA2PP (dogs) and FVRCP (cats) are given Friday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm at the Main Facility with no appointment necessary.
Upon arrival at the Ranch, please pull up at the main gate and a member of our Vet Clinic Team will come to your car. Paperwork, payment, microchips and vaccinations are all done at the vehicle. The pets stay in the vehicle for the vaccinations. We ask that you keep your pet on a leash and hold it in your arms, in the driver seat. You are in control of your own pet.
Rabies vaccines are given by appointment. We do not offer Bordetella vaccines.
Please see our Vet Clinic page for complete information.