Adopt a Pet
Looking for a New Pet?
With more than 35,000 dogs and cats entering our shelters each year, MCACC has plenty of animals in search of loving homes. We encourage you to visit one of our adoption locations so that you can view the animals in person and get a feel for their personality. Not sure where we are located? View a list of adoption center locations and hours.
What's Included in Pet Adoption?
Our adoption fees range from $0 to $300. Upon entry at our shelters, most dogs are given a 4-in-1 vaccination, Bordetella vaccination and 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. Cats receive a 3-in-1 vaccination when they arrive at our shelters (cats are not required to be rabies vaccinated or licensed in Maricopa County).
All animals adopted from Maricopa County Animal Care & Control must be spayed or neutered prior to leaving the shelter. If the cat or dog you adopt has not yet been altered, he/she may need to stay an extra day or two for surgery.
Pets and Vets Program Helps U.S. VeteransIn recognition and appreciation of U.S. veterans' service to our country, MCACC's "Pets and Vets" program waives adoption fees for select pets adopted by veterans. Adopters participating in the "Pets and Vets" program will be responsible for paying the $21 license fee for dogs not labeled Shelter Super Heroes or that are puppies (6 months or less); there is no fee for cats. Puppies (6 months of age or less), kittens (6 months of age or less), Shelter Super Heroes and other premium-priced pets will be 50 percent of their current adoption price. Veterans wishing to participate in the Pets and Vets program are asked to provide verification of veteran, reservist or active duty status. We will accept the following verification documents: Military ID, DD214 Military Discharge Certificate, Honorable Discharge Certificate, Letter for the U.S. Military Center in St. Louis or Letter from the Maryland Veterans Administration Service Program.
Ready to Adopt?
Our shelters take in nearly 100 animals every single day. If you are looking for a specific breed or type of animal, it is best to visit our shelters in person. Once you've found a pet you'd like to adopt, our staff and volunteers will ask you to spend some time in one of our Get Acquainted areas with your potential pet. If it's a match, you'll be asked to complete an adoption application and a short questionnaire. You do not need to be an Arizona resident to adopt from MCACC, but you must complete the adoption in person and we are unable to provide transportation for your newly adopted dog or cat. Did you know you can view our available pets online? adoption fees page.