How You Can Help Animals

We all have a responsibility to look out for the animals in our community and report potential abuse or dangers to law enforcement. There are many other ways individuals can help protect animals, including adopting a pet and volunteering at a local animal shelter.


Thousands of friendly, deserving dogs and cats in Maricopa County need a permanent or foster home and a caring owner. For more information on how you can help, contact Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. You can also view animals currently available for adoption in your area at

Strays & Runaways

You can attempt to reunite a lost pet with its owner by taking the animal to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, you can also call 602-506-PETS (7387) if you see a stray dog. Stray cats can be taken to the Arizona Humane Society Sunnyslope Facility at 9226 N. 13th Ave. in Phoenix, 602-997-7585. If your pet runs away or goes missing, the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s lost pet page lists a variety of suggestions and search tools that can help. According to Arizona law, a person that keeps and cares a dog or cat for six consecutive days automatically becomes the owner of the animal.


There are many small and large organizations that provide services and support to animals and accept financial donations, from neighborhood animal shelters to national advocacy groups like ASPCA and The Humane Society. You can also donate your time by volunteering at one of these organizations. One way to help needy pets is by donating pet food to a local shelter. It’s usually a good idea to contact a shelter first to determine if they have a need for a specific type of food – or if there are other resources or materials you may be able to provide them.

Pet Friendly License Plate

Arizona’s Department of Motor Vehicles offers a specialized license plate that helps support spaying and neutering of animals. The plate is available to everyone online for a $25 initial application fee and $25 annual renewal fee and may be personalized with a maximum of 6 characters. $17 of the fees are donated to a special fund for spaying and neutering services to help control pet overpopulation.