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Since 1999, Los Alamos Friends of Shelter and Companion Animals LAFOSCA (Formerly Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter LAFOS) has provided canine and feline foster homes, funding for catastrophic animal medical care and our spay/neutering program.

The redefined focus of LAFOSCA is exclusively on assisting privately owned companion animals and their families and private rescue organizations, including groups such as NM Dog, Stray Hearts, Dew Paws Rescue, McKinley County Animal Rescue, and Otero County Animal Rescue and many, many more!

While we are unable to take in animals, assistance of information is provided in animal re-homing and adoptions.

Assistance provided to private rescue groups and privately owned companion animals is the priority of LAFOSCA’s work. Our work alongside shelters and rescue organizations of Northern New Mexico will help reduce the population of homeless and at-risk companion animals by providing assistance directly.  

Our dear friend Sally passed away earlier this month.  Sally was one of a kind,
thoughtful and caring and tirelessly dedicated to improving the lives of
pets in need in northern New Mexico. Sally was the world's best adoptive
dog mom, taking in those dogs too aggressive, too fearful, too damaged or
just too unloved to find a home anywhere else. As a co-founder of Friends
of the Shelter, Sally spent countless hours volunteering, whether walking
dogs at the shelter, raising funds, working on partnerships with local vet
clinics, supporting and assisting other local rescues and shelters, and
helping pet owners who needed assistance with adoptions, surrenders, or
getting life-saving vet care for their pets. Sally's greatest passion was
promoting spay/neuter programs through education, increased access, and
financial assistance in order to reduce pet suffering and homelessness in
the future. All of us who knew her benefited from her warmth and empathy,
and so many animals, too numerous to count, in northern New Mexico owe
their health, happiness and very lives to her. Sally's passing leaves a
huge void in our lives and hearts and we will all profoundly miss her.

Vouchers Available!
For use at participating Veterinary Clinics. Provides discount on sterilization of cats and dogs.

Hi 2023 Los Alamos Dog Jog participants!


The photos that were taken on-the-course and at the start/finish are now posted on the FOSCA Flickr page ( for your viewing pleasure. 


The 2023 photos can be found directly at 

Thanks again for your support and participation!






At the August 8th, 2017 Los Alamos County Council meeting, Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter was presented a Notice of Special Recognition for all the work that has been accomplished since 1999.

(Double clicking on the image pulls up enlarged view)

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