Saint Francis, with his legendary love for and rapport with animals, is the city’s patron saint, so it should come as no surprise that Santa Fe is a pet-friendly community. Santa Fe residents love their four-footed friends. And, for the most part, Santa Fe makes it easy for dog-lovers. Dogs on leads are welcome in parks and public places, on sidewalks and even, more often than not, in shops and on restaurant patios. There are dozens of pet-friendly eateries in The City Different that encourage owners to bring their canine friends for patio meals. Some establishments even regularly serve them water and doggie appetizers!
There are some things every Santa Fe pet owner should know about owning an animal within the city or in Santa Fe County. The city requires that dogs and cats be licensed, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old. Breeder permits are available, and full information is available from the City of Santa Fe Animal Services office. Santa Fe County animal regulations are similar.
Be aware that wild animals live in the surrounding mountains and sometimes venture into neighborhoods. Small dogs and cats are favorite prey. Do not allow small pets to remain outside at night, even if your yard is fenced.
Be wary of snakes and skunks when you’re out doors with your pet. Check your pets and yourself for ticks after a hike.
The Santa Fe Animal Shelter provides spay and neuter services as well as vaccinations, and has domestic animals available for adoption if you’re looking for a pet.
The city has excellent veterinarians as well as grooming, boarding and spa/daycare services for pampered pets.