Surrendering An Animal
Surrendering An Animal

Admissions Department

Surrendering a pet is one of the most difficult and personal decisions a person will have to make. In our commitment to doing what is best for pets and the people in their lives, AHS empathizes with all circumstances and treats each situation with dignity and respect.

Knowing how difficult the decision to give up your pet can be, we do recommend carefully considering all options and reading the FAQs (English) / FAQs (Spanish) before surrendering your pet. All surrenders must be made at our Sunnyslope Campus. We can not accept turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion location.

Sunnyslope Admissions Department

9226 N. 13th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
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602.997.7585 Ext. 2063
Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on major holidays

By state law, we cannot take in healthy stray dogs over three months of age. Instead, you must surrender him/her to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at one of the following locations:

West Valley
2500 S. 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
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East Valley
2630 W. 8th Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
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We 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.


There are no fees for surrendering an animal, but we do request a monetary donation as we are a non-profit organization and rely solely on donations and minimal service fees. The average cost to care for one pet until he or she finds his forever home is $314.


We request a minimum donation of $35 for each animal or litter surrendered to us.

Little Critters (domestic rats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea  pigs, ferrets, small birds)

We request a $10 donation for each little critter surrendered to us.

Feral and Trapped Cats

      We charge $20 for first trapped cat/litter and $75 for each additional (a litter is defined as kittens who are siblings and under 3 months of age).

Other Programs

There are several programs available to combat the homeless cat population in our community:

The Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program is also available through Animal Defense League of Arizona. For more information, visit or our Stray Animal Resources page, call 602-265-SPAY or email
Altered Tails AzCATs at 602.216.1160 or
The Foundation for Homeless Cats at

Wild Animals

Wild Animals (bats, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks & bobcats/wildcats)

Wild animals 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
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Region VI – Mesa
7200 E. University Drive
Mesa, AZ  85207
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