Noah's Ark Animal Shelter
5217 Buena Vista Drive Carlsbad, N.M. 88220
Phone 885-5769 · email:
Monday-Friday 12:00 - 5:30 Saturday 11:00 - 4:00
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Our Mission

Noah's Ark is a non-profit organization dedicated to help the animals of Carlsbad and surrounding Eddy County. We strive to educate the public about the value of spay/neuter surgery and the importance of supporting your local animal shelter.

Did you know that every hour in the United States more than 5,000 puppies and kittens are born, while only about 500 humans are born. In order to place every dog or cat born into a home, each person would have to be responsible for 10 animals. A family of four would need to care for 40 animals!

We are committed to reducing the number of unwanted pets through out Spay/Neuter Certificate Program and out Feral Cat/Trap/Neuter/Release Program. The logic is simple - the fewer unwanted puppies and kittens born, the fewer that will have to be euthanized in shelters simply because they do not have a home.

Spay/Neuter Program

On the first Tuesday of every month, Noah's Ark issues 100 Spay/Neuter certificates to the residents of Carlsbad and surrounding Eddy County. These certificates are for companion animals and cover the entire cost of the spay/neuter surgery. We ask for a $10 donation per certificate, but no one is turned away if they cannot pay. After more than 5 years, the line is still down the block and around the corner when we open the doors, proving that there was and still is a VERY great need for this service in Carlsbad.

Feral Cats

Carlsbad and its outskirts are home to a large number of feral and stray cats. Research has proven that rounding them up and euthanizing them is not only cruel but ineffective as well. A much more sensible and humane approach is known as TNR, or Trap, Neuter and Return. The cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and ear notched for identification, then returned to their colony. This way, we prevent many kittens and the colonies shrink naturally over time to a manageable number.

Honor and Memorial Brick Pathway

If you've had a beloved pet who has passed on but will live in your heart forever, or a living animal who has stolen your heart...

If you knew a person who loved animals in life and deserves to be honored for it, or a living person whose heart is open to our four-legged friends...

...then a brick on our pathway is right for you! Honor someone or some animal with a beautiful brick that will be installed in a pathway behind Noah's Ark - Carlsbad Animal Shelter. The pathway is part of our overall long-term landscaping design, and will be a lovely addition to our shelter. These bricks can be engraved with anything you choose, in 2 lines of up to 13 characters each.

We don't have an official name for the pathway yet. Please submit your suggestion on the order form.

The cost is only $25 per brick. The bricks will be installed twice per year, and will remain as long as we are open.

Simply pick up a form at the shelter and return it with your check or money order, and we'll get your brick out in the next batch.

Make your checks payable to Noah's Ark.

The forms can be mailed to 124 S. Canyon, Carlsbad, N.M. 88220

Bricks adopted between January 1 - June 30 of each year will be installed by August 15 of that year. Bricks adopted between July 1 and December 31 will be installed by March 15 of the next year. THANK YOU!

Here are some sample engravings for line 1:

  • In memory of

  • Beloved Friend

  • Best Friend

  • In honor of

  • Always Loyal

Something to think about...

Millions of dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States. We are making a difference, but the progress is slow, and euthanasia is still a sad fact of life. The workers who are responsible for euthanizing healthy animals hate it every bit as much as the public does. Please don't put the blame on them. Irresponsible pet owners are the ones who are ultimately responsible, and we are doing our best to educate them and help reduce the population.

A Shelter Worker's Lament

Come with me, good boy; you're as fine as can be; You'd make a great pal for someone like me; I can't take you home, these's no room for you there; The best I can do is treat you with care. Come close to me, boy - all I need is your trust; I'll hold you and soothe you, then do what I must. There's someone out there who cast you aside; Maybe saw how you lived, but not how you died. I'm sorry your life has to end on this day; Oh God, how I wish there was some other way.