The primary responsibility of Animal Control is animal welfare, making sure that animals in the county are treated humanely and the prospective owners have the means to properly care for adopted pets.
With those goals in mind, residents who want to adopt a pet from the Pinal County Animal Care and Control have 5 simple rules that must be followed. But to get your forever friend home, they’re easy and really not that much to ask. They are:
- Every adopted animal must be spayed or neutered.
- All dogs must receive the “4-in-1 vaccine”.
- All dogs must be microchipped.
- All owners must prove that they have the means to properly care for their pets.
- Adopted dogs must go to families with fenced yards.
Rule 1. Every adopted animal must be spayed or neutered
In order to prevent unwanted litters of puppies or kittens, Animal Care and Control has a strict spay/neuter program in place. EVERY animal adopted MUST be spayed or neutered.
The majority of time that is accomplished by the prospective owner making an appointment with the vet of their choice for the animal’s sterilization (surgical spay or neuter). Animal Care and Control will hold the dog or cat until the appointment date and then transport the pet to the veterinarian. The vet performs the surgery, vaccinates the pet against rabies, and the new owner picks up their new pet at the vet’s office at the end of the day. The new owner is responsible to pay the vet at that time.
If, in the rare case of an animal that is too young or has some treatable health difficulty which precludes the sterilization surgery before the animal goes home, the new owner must pay a sterilization deposit ($45.00 for dogs, $35.00 for cats) and sign a Sterilization Agreement. The surgery MUST be accomplished as soon as the animal is physically well and able to tolerate the surgery without danger. These situations are RARE and are reviewed on a case by case basis.
Any elective surgery that the owner may wish to have done at the same time as the sterilization, such as ear cleaning, declawing, tail docking, etc., are the total responsibility of the owner.
Rule 2. All dogs must receive the “4-in-1 vaccine”
All dogs receive one 4-in-1 vaccination before adoption. The vaccination includes Canine Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Coronavirus-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus Vaccine.
Rule 3. All dogs must be microchipped
All dogs are microchipped and cats can be chipped upon request. Animal Care and Control uses the Home Again microchip and they complete the registration for the new owner with the American Kennel Club Lost Pet Division.
Microchipping (for dogs) and sterilization are not negotiable and if the potential owner does not wish to comply with these two requirements, he or she will not be allowed to adopt from Animal Care and Control.
Rule 4. All owners must prove that they have the means to properly care for their pets
Your pet must be safely confined and have adequate food, water and shelter. Proper confinement is necessary to protect the public or someone living in the new owner’s home. Your family is also subject to our professional judgment and experience to match the breed and size of an animal with the capabilities or family dynamics of the new owner.
Potential owners must complete an Adoption Interview Form (http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AnimalControl/Documents/ADOPTION.pdf) prior to adoption. You may fill it out on line if you wish, but a signature is required and must be done in person at the time of adoption.
Rule 5. Adopted dogs must go to families with fenced yards
A dog will not be allowed to go to someone who does not have a fenced yard. You would not like to live at the end of a chain and Animal Care and Control doesn’t expect a canine companion to either. Fenced yards prevent many inhumane conditions dogs may go through in hot Arizona summers or problems created by entanglement.
Rights of Animal Care and Control to Refuse Adoption
The Staff at Animal Care and Control hope that every adoption is successful. That is why the have these procedures in place. They take it very seriously and ask for your patience while going through the process together with new owners. If, for any reason, their staff does not believe that a successful adoption can take place, Animal Care and Control reserves the right deny the adoption.
Adoption Wish List
If you are interested in adopting a pet, yet would like to get a specific kind, or don’t quite know what you would like, they have the Adoption Wish List (http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/AnimalControl/Pages/WishList.aspx). With the Wish List, you provide some of the characteristics of the animal you would like to have, and they keep them on file to match against any of the animals that they have now, or take in at a later time. By filing out this form, you will be notified when a pet matching your description becomes available, and at that time, you will need to follow all of the requirements.
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