Stray Hearts Animal Shelter

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 622, Taos, NM 87571
County of Location: Taos
Phone: 575-758-2981
NTEE Code: D- Animal Related
Mission Statement:

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter (SH) is wholly dedicated to temporary, compassionate and humane care and rehabilitation for lost and abandoned animals, upholding their rights for such, protecting animals from abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and placing them into responsible and loving homes. We are committed to animal population control and public education to ensure long-term positive management of animal populations in our area. With a 96% live release rate, Stray Hearts is one of the leaders in in New Mexico which has an 81% save rate. 90% is the national threshold for consideration as a “no kill” shelter. Stray Hearts prefers to be considered an advocates for Compassionate euthanasia, which is discussed below. WHO (OIE) defines animal health, as a ‘state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’.

Primary Programs:

SH mission is focused on improving the lives of Shelter Animals in every way possible; includes hands on work, socialization with people and other animals, playgroups, which include trainer assessments of behavioral issues and networking on behalf of pets through the different resources available, and monitoring their individual physical, emotional and behavioral needs for health and wellness.

Other Programs:

Socially Conscious Animal Community framework allows us to understand our role in creating the best outcomes for pets. This concept is based on respectful treatment of animals. It's about placing every healthy and safe animal. It's about transparency and leadership. It's about thoughtful public policy. It's about safe communities.

The Fear Free Shelter model to help reduce stress, anxiety and fear in the pets while they are in our care. This meant rearranging parts of the facility to reduce triggers in sensitive animals, providing enrichment every day to alleviate boredom and developing behavior modification plans for pets with issues that prevented them from getting adopted.

Populations Served: All Populations
Year Founded:


Annual Budget: $750,000 - $999,999
Personnel: 10 to 29 FTE
Executive Director:


Accepts inquiries: Accepts inquiries about board member positions
Nonprofit Status: Has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS
Types of Services Offered: Advocacy, Direct Services


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