Adoption and Services Fees

Puppy & Dog Adoptions


Our adoption fees range from $0-$300 depending on many factors, including the animal's age, length of stay, behavior and medical condition, public demand and our capacity for care. We waive or reduce our adoption fees thanks to the support of our partner groups and donors. Animals that have a high public demand, those that we call Shelter Super Heroes, carry a higher adoption fee, which helps offset the costs of care and treatment of those animals who have a more difficult time finding the right family. The following is a list of our adoption fee guidelines:
  • Five months of age and younger: $300
  • Six months of age and older and more than 20 pounds: $50-$150
  • Six months of age and older and less than 20 pounds: $75 - $200
  • Six years of age and older: $25-$75
  • Shelter Super Heroes: Up to $300

Kitten & Cat Adoptions

  • Five months of age and younger: $75-$150
  • Six months of age to 6 years old: $25-$75
  • Senior Cats (7 years and older): $25

**Please check with the shelter for additional monthly adoption specials!

Dog Being Vaccinated

Rabies Vaccination

  • $25 per dog


  • $25 per animal

License Fees

Prices are effective as of June 2018

  • Altered Dog License - $21
  • Unaltered Dog License - $55
  • Sterile Dog License for Senior Citizen owned dog - $10 (Owner must be 65 years or older)
  • Altered Dog License Penalty - $3 per month
  • Unaltered Dog License Penalty - $6 per month

Managed Admissions Program

Giving up a family pet is never an easy decision. Sometimes individuals must do so due to an unexpected life change or because of an emergency situation. Since we know these decisions do not come lightly we want to help you find that pet a new home.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control accepts owner-surrendered animals by appointment. To schedule an appointment, owners may visit either the East shelter location at 2630 W Rio Salado Pkwy in Mesa or our West shelter location at 2500 S 27th Ave in Phoenix. Owners may also call 602-506-PETS to schedule an appointment as well.

Appointments will be made 7 days a week, with a maximum of 10 appointments scheduled per day, except during over-capacity situations. The surrender process may take anywhere from 30-40 minutes. A surrender fee of $75 for dogs will be collected at the time of the owner surrender, no exceptions will be made. The relinquishment fee for cats is $96 for a stray cat and $75 for an owned cat.

Overcrowding in our shelters can create undue stress and can lead to potential illness. In order to maintain the health and safety of the animals within our care we must be able to manage the amount of animals entering into our shelter system. By going to an appointment based system we can try to maintain a proper level of safety and care and place more animals into forever homes.

Managed Admissions Program (Resources)

Before surrendering your pet, please take a look at these resources that may help.


  1. Arizona Humane Society
    Temporary Placement Programs
    Project Active Duty- for deploying service members
    Project Assist – for hospitalized/emergency pet owners
    Project Safehouse – for victims of domestic violence
    Disaster Relief – fire / flood / auto accident / 7 days
    Next of Kin Assistance – violent crime victims
  2. Canine Country Club & Feline Inn
    2332 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
  3. Tailwinds Pet Boarding
    1625 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  4. Alta Vista Boarding and Grooming
    4730 N 7th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. Sky Harbor Dog Boarding
    1633 E Rairdan Lane
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
  6. Second Home Pet Resort
    747 E Thunderbird Rd
    Phoenix, AZ 85022
  7. Lost Our Home – must apply online at

Medical – Lower cost service providers – NOT FREE

  1. AZ Humane Society 602-997-7585 EXT. 4000
    Margaret McAllister Brock Veterinary Clinic
    1521 W. Dobbins Road Phoenix, AZ 85041
  2. Arizona Animal Welfare League
    30 N 40th Place
    Phoenix, AZ 85034
  3. Bethany Animal Hospital
    2524 W. Bethany Home Road
    Phoenix, AZ 85017
  4. Phoenix Dog Cat Bird Hospital
    3418 N 7th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ
  5. Dobson Ranch Animal Hospital & Grooming
    2917 S. Dobson Road, #102
    Mesa, AZ 85202
  6. Gentle Care Animal Hospital
    1835 E. Guadalupe Road, #110
    Tempe, AZ 85283
  7. Purrfurred Pets Veterinary Clinic, LLC
    15601 W. Bell Road
    Surprise, AZ 85374

Owner Surrender

  1. Arizona Humane Society - two locations, must make an appointment for owner surrender 
  2. AZ Small Dog Rescue
  3. Arizona Animal Welfare League – Owner surrender program, limited availability and by appointment only: 602-273-6852 x116.
  4. HALO – 602-971-9222 Make appointment, fill out online surrender form


  1. Social Media – Reach out to friends and family if you haven’t yet.
  2. – post for adopters to see locally FREE
  3. – post for adopters FREE
  4. Facebook Groups – breed specific rescues 
  5. Craigslist – Choose your city / Pets section


  1. Arizona Humane Society – provides many different levels of training at low pricing, with a specialty class for dog reactive pets. Email, 602-997-7585 x2043, Class schedule and fees can be found at

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Services
  1. Altered Tails 950 W Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85021 602-943-7728  
  2. West Phoenix Clinic 7342 W Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033 623-846-3979        
  3. North Phoenix Clinic 12416 N 28th Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85029 602-863-0116       
  4. Chandler Clinic 2040 S Alma School Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286 480-814-1008        
  5. Tempe Clinic 1425 W Southern Ave.,Tempe, AZ 85282 480-829-1002 

Low-cost Vaccines  
  1. Arizona Humane Society 1311 W Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85021 602-997-7585 x4001   
  2. Arizona Animal Welfare League, 30 N 40th Pl., Phoenix, AZ 85034, 602-358-7267
  3.  Phoenix Dog/Cat/Bird Hospital, 3418 N 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013, 602-274-0561