Earlier this month, the Rio Rancho Animal Control Division reunited a cat with its owners after an approximately 10-month absence due to the presence of a microchip.
In October 2013, the cat, named Aria, slipped out an open front door of a Rio Rancho residence unbeknownst to its owners and disappeared. Recently, children playing heard a cat meowing inside the garage of a vacant home and the Animal Control Division was contacted. With the help of the Police Department, the cat was retrieved from the property. A scan of the cat revealed a microchip with owner contact information.
The Rio Rancho Animal Control Division recommends the following:
•Get your pet microchipped and keep the information current. If the pet loses their collar and tags, the microchip is always there to be scanned. By keeping your personal information up to date with the microchip company, the chances of reuniting with a pet increase.
•If you find a stray animal, don’t assume that it has been abandoned. Because the animal may be stressed or sick, please contact Animal Control as soon as possible. Animal Control Officers will retrieve the animal and try to notify the owners of the animal.
The Rio Rancho Animal Control office and shelter facility is located at 3441 Northern Blvd. Rio Rancho Animal Control always has dogs and cats available for adoption and in need of a good home.
Kennel viewing hours are 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. The office administration hours for adoptions, reclaims, and licenses are 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday - Friday. For more information, please call (505) 891-5075.
Rio Rancho Animal Control is also on Facebook and has information about animal adoption, lost or found pets, and Rio Rancho city pet regulations.
Rio Rancho Animal Control is a division of the city’s Police Department.