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Adopting a Pet? Here Are Five Rules You Must Follow

Anyone who adopts a new pet from Animal Care and Control must follow our Adoption Policy. Five rules must be followed:

  1. Every adopted animal must be spayed or neutered.
  2. All dogs must receive the "4-in-1 vaccine".
  3. All dogs must be microchipped.
  4. All owners must prove that they have the means to properly care for their pets.
  5. Adopted dogs must go to families with fenced yards.

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. Our five rules are listed in detail below.

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 from us 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 we complete the registration for the new owner with the American Kennel Club Lost Pet Division.

  1. 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.

Therefore, we have the following Adoption Interview Form (Requires Adobe Acrobat to view) which must be completed 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
We will not adopt a new dog to someone who does not have a fenced yard. We would not like to live at the end of a chain and we don'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 we follow the procedures we do. We take it very seriously and ask for your patience while we go through the process together. If, for any reason, our 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, we have the Adoption Wish List which just might help you out. With the Wish List, we take down some of the characteristics of the animal you would like to have, and then keep them on file to match against any of the animals that we 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 listed above. So, please take a moment to fill out the Wish list, either on-line or download a copy of the form to fill out by hand (Requires Adobe Acrobat to view), and send it to us today. Thank you.

Animal Control
Pinal County
Animal Control
1150 S Eleven Mile Corner
Casa Grande, AZ 85194

Office: 520.509.3555
Fax:    520.509.7610
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