Adopt a Pet
UPDATE FOR ALL SHELTER VISITORS: Effective Wednesday, August 4 - Masks will be required for all employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, inside all county buildings. This aligns with the CDC and ADHS guidance which recommends mask use for all people in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high transmission of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
PLEASE NOTE: For the health and safety of your pets and ours, personal pets are NOT permitted inside the County shelter.
Includes spay/neuter, licensing fee, microchip, and vaccinations.
Adoptions are currently offered seven days a week and at our West and East Shelter. Location and hours.
We have suspended dog-to-dog introductions until further notice.
*Please note: We have a limited number of pets (dogs only) at our East Shelter. You can search what pets are available by visiting the adoptable pets website and use the top right search function by typing in "East". See example below.
Make the most of your visit - follow these steps in advance:
- Check out our available pets online. Our population changes every few minutes, so for best results, check the website an hour before coming in to view current animal availability.
- Write down the A# for the animal(s) you want to meet. To maximize our life saving efforts and ensure animals spend as little time as possible at the shelter, we cannot hold any pets. Please review all requirements and recommendations on the pets you have selected. For instance, some dogs require that the entire family be present for a meet and greet, or no small pets in the home.
- Review our additional adoption information and options below. There are several ways to bring a shelter pet into your family and these resources will help you to find your perfect fit.
Please use MCACC's Adoptable Pets Web Page with Search and PDF Functions to look for your new furry best friend! This website automatically updates as our animal population changes throughout the day so the shelter pets you are looking at right now may not be available by the time of your appointment.
Along with your new ’fur-ever’ friend, dogs in our shelter are given:
- 4-in-1 vaccination (distemper, hepatitis, parvo virus, and parinfluenza)
- Bordatella vaccination
- flea/tick treatment
- Adopted dogs ages 3 months of age and older also receive a rabies vaccination and County dog license/tag as part of their adoption fee.
- All animals adopted from us also must be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter. If you adopt a cat/dog that has not yet been altered, it may need to stay an extra day or two for surgery.
Cats receive a 3-in-1 vaccination (feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus). Maricopa County does not require cats to be rabies vaccinated or licensed.
Some pets on a legal stray hold (generally 72 hours) are eligible for a Pre-Selection!
What is the Pre-Selection program?
- The Pre-Selection program allows potential adopters the chance to reserve a dog or cat while still on a legally mandated hold.
Why are we offering this program?
- This option is a way to expedite adoptions, reduce length of stay, and better serve you. It also helps to ensure we will have life-saving space available for animals in need while maintaining a healthy number of animals within our care.
How does it work?
- Most healthy, friendly animals are available for pre-selection except new hope animals. Pre-selection must be completed in person at the shelter; no phone or email holds will be accepted. The pre-selection fees are the current adoption fees.
- You will have an opportunity to do a Meet & Greet with the pet.
- If the pet is not claimed during the stray hold, the potential adopter who has pre-selected the pet, is required to return to the shelter on the due out day or surgery due out day to process the adoption. If the adopter does not return to claim their new pet, the pet is then placed back up for adoption to the public.
- Note: There is a chance that the selected pet may still be claimed by the original owner within the 72 hour holding period.
We have recently expanded our veteran discount adoption program to include our valued first responders!
In recognition and appreciation of U.S. veterans’ and first responders, adoption fees are waived for most adult dogs and cats in our "Pets for Heroes" Program.
How does it work?
- Adopters participating in this program are responsible for only paying the $22 license fee, while the adoption fee is waived for all dogs and cats 5 months of age and older.
- All other animals, including puppies and kittens (younger than 5 months of age), Shelter Super Heroes and other premium-priced pets, are available for adoption through this program at 50 percent off their current adoption price.
- Adopters participating in this program are also eligible to adopt through our Fast Pass Adoptions for 50 percent off the current adoption price, not including the $50 non-refundable deposit.
- Adopters can participate in this program every eight years.
What verification is needed?
Veterans and first responders wishing to participate in this program are asked to provide proof of service or employment at time of adoption, including:
- Military Service
- Employment with local fire or police department
- RN or MD