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Lucky is one of the many dogs at the Pinal County animal shelter.

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control (PCACC) shelter is filled to capacity.

The problem is so severe PCACC may have to begin euthanizing some dogs that are classified as not animal-friendly (those dogs that would do well as only pets in a home).

“These dogs have been classified as being friendly toward humans, but have aggression issues toward other animals,” said PCACC Director Audra Michael. “Some have been at the shelter for almost a year. Their situation is deteriorating quickly the longer they stay in the kennels. People don’t understand they are really great out of the kennel but are crazy when they are in their kennel. They need a home.”

The shelter has 152 kennels at the facility and now has over 320 dogs on site. PCACC also took in over 55 cats yesterday from a hoarder and now has over 150 cats.

All dog adoptions right now are $30 plus $15 for license and all cats are $10. These adoption specials will last until the end of the month.

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adoptable dogs and cats can be found at Petharbor.com.

Facebook @pinalcountyanimalcontrol

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The owner/s of two dogs without collars found in Homestead are being sought.

The dogs, one male and one female, were found Monday at 8:30 a.m. A veterinarian confirmed they are not microchipped. The dogs appear healthy and well cared for.

Contact Cody at 520-252-2210

A low-cost rabies clinic and dog licensing event is this weekend.


Dog owners can purchase licensing and vaccinations for man’s best friend in Maricopa this weekend.

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control will hold the clinic May 26 at City Hall from 9-11 a.m. City Hall is located at 39700 W. Civic Center Plaza.

Saturday’s event will be the only clinic hosted in Maricopa this year. See others…

License Fees:
Unaltered Dog: $30 (Annual fee)
Altered Dog: $15 (Annual fee)
Three-year Altered Dog License: $35
Senior-Citizen Altered Dog: (Proof of age required)

  • 1-year license: $6
  • 3-year license: $15

Altered Dog late fee: $2 per month
Unaltered Dog late fee: $4 per month

Vaccination Fee:
Rabies: $9

Call 520-509-3555.

The Atlas Pet Rescue event had a dog-painting contest. Photo by Michelle Chance

A non-profit group seeking to start Maricopa’s first animal shelter held a fundraising event over the weekend to raise money for a facility.

Tammie Crawford, founder of Atlas Pet Rescue said the group needs to raise $2.8 million to fund the project.

“We are providing a multi-million-dollar facility, and that’s why we’re here raising money today … to pay our architect so we can start this building,” Crawford said.

She said she hopes the rescue group can eventually raise enough funds to break ground in less than a year.

The “dog days of summer” event held at the Copper Sky dog park Saturday was the group’s first effort in meeting that goal.

It featured a raffle, food vendors, music and various community organizations. The event provided kids the opportunity to cool off inside an inflatable pool and a slip and slide.

The most colorful attraction, however, was the dog painting competition.

Competing for a trophy, contestants used non-toxic paint and spray paint to express their creativity using their pup’s coats as canvases.

Although the event was canine-centered, Crawford said the future shelter and rescue would house not only dogs, but cats and horses too.

Plans for the shelter include training some of the shelter pets as full-service animals and companions.

“The best part is that we are taking animals from the shelter and working with two trainers to give dogs to veterans for PTSD,” Crawford said. “Then eventually we are going to be doing equine assisted therapy with some of our rescue horses.”

For more information contact Atlas Pet Rescue at 520-709-3966 or email tcrawford@atlaspetrescue.org

As summer temperatures migrate back to Maricopa, pet owners must take heed of the heat and the effect it has on their pet’s health.

Veterinarian Calvin Cordell said if not properly prevented, animals can suffer heat strokes and risk paying the ultimate price: death.

Cordell, who operates a mobile veterinary practice in Maricopa, said pet owners must always provide a consistent and accessible water source for pets to prevent heat-related emergencies

Additionally, he said pets should be kept indoors, if possible. However, if pet owners keep animals outdoors, Calvin recommends they provide adequate shade and water at all times. He added water should be kept in a container that cannot spill or empty.

Lastly, Cordell said animals should never be left in a sitting car, even when the vehicle is running and is air-conditioned.

He said pets left in hot cars during the summer can die within moments.

“It can get up to 180 degrees within 5 minutes in there,” Cordell said.

Pet owners who suspect their companion of overheating should look for symptoms that include excessive panting and a loss of coordination.

Calvin instructs concerned owners to give first aid to pets immediately because wait times at veterinarian offices can often be up to one hour, which is precious time to an animal suffering from heat stroke.

Heat Stroke First Aid:

1.       Take pet’s temperature.

“A normal temperature is between 100 degrees and 102.5 degrees,” Cordell said. However, an animal is in danger if its temperature ranges from 104 degrees to 105 degrees and above.

2.       Put pet in a tub of cool water and call a veterinarian.

Cordell reminds pet owners to hold onto the animal so it does not drown while they use the phone to make an appointment.

3.       Take pet to the veterinarian once its temperature is down to 100 degrees for professional, medical care.

If a pet is saved from heatstroke, however, its medical complications may just begin. Cordell said some can be left with brain damage, so prevention is key.

“They could be a happy animal as long as they have supportive care and people are patient, so they can rehab and train the brain how to walk and talk,” Cordell said.


Celebrity vet Dr. Ernie Ward posted the following popular video showing the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car, even with the windows cracked.


Adoptable pets on hand for Arizona premier of "Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon"

Adoptable pets will be available Aug. 27 at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

On Friday, Aug. 26, otherwise known as National Dog Day, (#NationalDogDay) the movie “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” will land in select theaters throughout Arizona.

Producers decided to take this premiere a step further by making this an opportunity to aid in finding forever homes for some of the area’s homeless pet population. The film is pairing up with animal rescue groups like the Pinal County Animal Shelter, Arizona Animal Welfare League and #LovePup, a group founded by local radio personality Johnjay Van Es and his wife Blake.

Adoptable pets will be on hand on Saturday, Aug. 27, starting at 11 a.m. at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle in Maricopa.

In addition to the adoptable pets on hand, the group has partnered with other pet vendors in the area, to include Pet Planet, Arizona Animal Welfare League and more. A portion of ticket sales from the premier will benefit #LovePup.

“Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” is the latest creation from Epic Pictures.  The picture is the third installment in the “Space Dogs” franchise. With the voices of TV and film actress Alicia Silverstone and recording artist and actress Ashlee Simpson, the newest adventure follows the adventures of Pushok the dog and his search for his long lost father on the moon.

In addition to the adoption event, there will be character meet-and-greet photo opportunities, movie promo giveaways and information on the #LovePup, #LoveUp movements as well as the Johnjay & Rich Care for Kids Foundation.

About Space Dogs: “Space Dogs: Adventure to the Moon” will be released at several Harkins and AMC theatres throughout the valley, with a special engagement taking place at UltraStar Multi-tainment Center in Maricopa.