Founders’ Vision & Mission Statement

ANIMAL VILLAGE NM is the longtime dream of the founders of the center, Nancy Berg & Sunny Aris. Our comprehensive animal-welfare facility fills a huge need for dogs and cats being killed simply because municipal facilities don’t have enough space or funding to keep them alive until committed homes are found. Animal Village NM is personally funded and operated by the co-founders with the assistance of adoption fees and donations. We are really ‘stepping out in faith’ that donations will increase to allow us to expand our facility with a new shelter, vet clinic, rehab & education center, grooming and other amenities.

We truly want to do everything we can to assist pets and their guardians to help ensure that pets have a real place in our lives, our hearts, and our homes. We are dedicated to this goal, and you can help by adopting, volunteering, and recommending our healthy pets to your friends.

Please join our efforts to maintain Animal Village NM as a place of kindness, safety and excellent care for our beloved animal companions. We are committed . All we need is you.


AVNM is a NO-KILL pet adoption center & animal-welfare facility. When we have open space and funding we partner with animal control facilities to rescue friendly, adoptable death-row dogs and cats. Our mission is to stop the killing of thousands of abandoned dogs and cats abandoned at AC facilities. Because of the enormous number of pets being abandoned, New Mexico's under-staffed and under-funded animal control facilities cannot  keep them alive until committed homes are found. The vast majority of abandoned pets in New Mexico and in the United States never make it out of the shelters alive. 

We are a private 501c3 life-saving organization, have put our personal funds into this property and improvements, and located the shelter at a highly visible & accessible property on NM Hwy 54/70. We have ‘stepped out in faith’ that we will receive the funding and support to save the lives of the animals that we love. 

Our cat adoptions are to indoor only homes. As our pets have already faced death from euthanasia in shelters, we do not allow our adopted cats or kittens to again face death from cars on the road, or by predators on 2 or 4 legs. We adopt dogs as family members. We adopt dogs not to watch a family live their lives through the window from a backyard, but as beloved companions, who will sleep inside the guardians' homes, and be an active part of their lives.

AVNM assists our adopters with K9 training and educational support to offer their adopted pets. We expect a lifetime commitment that gives dogs and cats a real place in their families' lives, and hearts. We are dedicated to this goal.

Animal Village NM offers a 7-acre nature trail and dog walk for the use of volunteers, adopters and the community.

To assist pet guardians in need, we offer the following:

• a Pet Food Bank Program. This program allows food-banks to receive free pet food for qualified recipients.

• Low-cost Spay and Neuter services for those who are unable to afford it reduces the problem of unwanted litter of puppies and kittens, and enhances pets’ health due to the many illnesses and unwanted behaviors of intact pets. This also reduces the cost to the taxpayers of animal control needed to pick up stray animals, care and feeding of these animals in animal facilities, disease costs of stray animals interacting with unsupervised pets, and euthanasia. Another ‘hidden’ cost is the emotional cost to those city and county workers who must perform the euthanasia on loving pets. No one goes into the animal services arena wanting to end the lives of loving animals. 

Please support our efforts to maintain our animal welfare center as a place of kindness, safety and excellent care for our beloved animal companions. We are walking our talk here, saving lives daily, with your help.