By state law, we cannot take in healthy stray dogs or puppies. Instead you must surrender him/her to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. We will accept or rescue stray dogs of any age that are sick, injured or abused on any day of the week. You may bring them to our Sunnyslope Campus or call our EAMT™ Dispatch Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. We can not accept stray turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion.
Sunnyslope Campus is located at:
9226 N. 13th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Unlike stray cats, feral cats have had little or no human contact during their natural life and are considered wild. These feral cat populations have spiraled out of control in the Valley and create an additional strain on our already overburdened shelters. Last year, close to 30,000 homeless cats entered Valley shelters and more than half had to be euthanized due to medical or behavioral conditions.
In an effort to combat this overpopulation crisis, AHS has teamed with a number of different animal organizations to promote Trap-Neuter-Return programs. TNR programs humanely trap free-roaming, primarily feral, cats, spay or neuter them and then return them to their colony locations.
TNR programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize feral cat populations. They help reduce cat overpopulation through natural attrition as opposed to euthanasia and allow for undomesticated felines to live out their lives in their colonies. TNR also reduces displeasing behaviors associated with mating, such as yowling and spraying.
AHS does not have the resources to trap feral cats. However, we can accept them in the Admissions Department at our Sunnyslope Campus. The fees are $20 for the first feral or trapped cat and $75 for each additional feral or trapped cat. AHS has also partnered with the Animal Defense League of Arizona to develop a pilot TNR program that works with volunteers and veterinarians in several key locations throughout the Valley that contain some of the largest feral cat populations. For more information on this program, visit somanycats.org.
Other Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Resources
Animal Defense League of Arizona – (602) 265-7729 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Altered Tails AzCATs – (602) 216-1160 or email@example.com
Foundation for Homeless Cats – thefoundationforhomelesscats.org
Wild animals, such as bats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks and bobcats/wildcats, can be surrendered to the Arizona Game & Fish Department at one of the following locations:
Main Office – Phoenix
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
Region VI – Mesa
7200 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ 85207