AHS’ holiday hours vary by department. Animal rescue and cruelty investigations are available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on select holidays in November, December and January. View all holiday hours here.
To request an ambulance for a sick or injured stray animal in the Valley, an animal in distress or if you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, call 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073. For abuse cases, you may also fill out our online form. Services are free and available daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For livestock investigations, please contact the Department of Agriculture at 602.542.4373.
You may bring sick and injured stray pets to our Sunnyslope Campus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, or call our EAMT™ Dispatch Center at 602.997.7585 Ext. 2073 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. We cannot accept stray turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion.
Animal Rescue Services
Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ (EAMT™) Program
Devoted to saving the lives of sick, injured and abused homeless animals, AHS’ Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ respond to nearly 12,000 animal rescues and investigations each year and provide life-saving care on the scene before transporting the distressed animals to our Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ for veterinary care.
Animal Cruelty Investigations
The most common animal cruelty investigations are for abandonment, welfare check and no water, and our EAMTs play a key role in the investigation of suspected cruelty and neglect, which frequently require their expert testimony.
We take abuse very seriously and so should you. If you notice any signs of animal cruelty taking place, please report it immediately.
Our EAMT team works 365 days a year. However, please keep in mind that our EAMTs are only able to respond to calls from the public regarding animal cruelty in the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert and Glendale. If you need to report an animal cruelty case in another Valley city, please visit our Report Animal Abuse Now page for the appropriate phone numbers.
If you have information about an unsolved animal cruelty case, call Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS (948.6377). You can remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $4,000.
Animal Cops Phoenix
Animal Planet’s Animal Cops Phoenix follows the lifesaving work of the Arizona Humane Society’s animal cruelty investigators and Emergency Animal Medical Technicians™ (EAMTs™) as they rescue sick, injured and abused animals. The field operations team covers more than 1,100 square miles as they go wherever necessary – from the tightest crawlspaces to the most neglectful homes to the highest courtrooms – to seek justice for animals.
Although AHS’ first ambulance took to Valley streets in 1958, AHS’ EAMT program was established in 2002 as the first of its kind in Arizona.
AHS maintains the only radio-equipped emergency ambulance fleet for sick and injured stray animals in the Valley. Our EAMT program is endorsed by the Phoenix Police Department, the Phoenix Fire Department, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and VTEC — the state’s leading provider of veterinary technician education courses.
How Do I Become an EAMT/Animal Cruelty Investigator?
While animal cruelty investigator positions may be somewhat limited across the country and can vary amongst organizations, agencies and municipalities in the United States and abroad, successful work experience with animals in the areas of animal sheltering, animal behavior, animal handling, animal control, veterinary medicine and knowledge of animal cruelty laws and law enforcement can certainly be stepping stones into a career as a Humane Officer, Animal Control Officer or Emergency Animal Medical Technician™. Many organizations will often provide additional on the job training as well in the areas of medical, criminal and civil law, and rescue and disaster services.
Are EAMTs officers of the law?
- No, EAMTs are contracted to conduct animal cruelty investigations within certain cities.
- EAMTs are well trained in state and local animal cruelty laws, crime scene investigations, evidence collection, photographing the scene, suspect/witness statements and most importantly medical evaluation on scene.
- EAMTs work with local law enforcement to provide expert testimony during the prosecution of cases.