By state law, we cannot take in healthy stray dogs over three months of age. Instead, you can surrender a healthy stray dog to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at one of the following locations:
2500 S. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
2630 W. 8th Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
You can also attempt to reunite a lost dog with its owner by using one of the online resources:
AHS will accept or rescue stray dogs of any age that are sick, injured or abused. You may bring them to our Sunnyslope Campus or call our EAMT™ Dispatch Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 a.m. to 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
Maricopa County is second in the nation in pet overpopulation with an estimated 1,000,000 free-roaming outdoor cats. Last year, close to 40,000 homeless cats entered Valley shelters and only 40 percent found homes. Through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and other innovative community partnerships and programs, we are committed to giving free-roaming outdoor cats a better quality of life by moving away from euthanasia as the only solution to our current cat overpopulation issue.
AHS has teamed with a number of different animal organizations to promote Trap-Neuter-Return programs. TNR programs humanely trap outdoor free-roaming cats, spay or neuter them and then return them to their colony locations.
TNR programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize outdoor 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 has partnered with the Animal Defense League of Arizona and other community partners to develop a expanded TNR pilot program to help reduce outdoor cat populations in the Valley. For more information on this program as well as additional free-roaming cat resources, visit somanycats.org.
Other Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Resources
Animal Defense League of Arizona – (602) 265-7729 or email@example.com
Altered Tails AzCATs – (602) 216-1160 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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