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10 of the Leading Arizona Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations

Updated on June 5, 2014

Stray & Unwanted Pets in Arizona

With millions of pets in the state, it is necessary to have multiple Arizona shelters and rescue organizations to take care of stray and unwanted dogs, cats, and other household pets. Such bodies are responsible for finding homes for pets, treating injuries and illnesses, and finding loving owners. Some of these organizations will also look to punish people guilty of animal rights abuses and are keen on taking perpetrators of such crimes to court. Below, we look at ten of the best pet shelters and rescue organizations in Arizona.


Pima Animal Care Center

Pima Animal Care Center is a government entity that is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road in Tucson and is dedicated to providing passionate care to its animals. It prides itself on never turning away an abandoned pet and works with other rescue agencies to find homes for the homeless. It also picks up stray dogs to ensure neighborhoods remain safe and investigates complaints of animal cruelty. It is divided into four divisions: Animal Shelter, Licensing, Public Outreach/Education and Enforcement. Pima Animal Care also has a substation in Ajo.

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All About Animals Rescue

You will find All About Animals Rescue at 16845 North 29th Avenue in Phoenix. It is a no-kill rescue service that works with pets in Maricopa County and surrounding areas. Most of its animals come from local euthanasia lists, since these pets are in greatest need of assistance. It is a service that believes it has a moral responsibility to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats that have been abandoned, abused, and neglected. Those interested in adopting a pet should note that adoption fees vary from $30-$120 depending on the age and breed of pet.

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Little Rascals Rescue

Little Rascals Rescue is yet another Phoenix-based organization that is not for profit and looks to rescue abandoned pets. It estimates that almost 900 animals are euthanized each week in Maricopa County alone, sobering statistics indeed. It has a simple mantra ‘1 adopted, 2 saved,’ because when someone adopts a pet, another is saved from euthanasia by the organization which means 2 pets are saved. It is especially keen on saving animals that can’t be saved by other groups due to behavioral and medical issues.

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HOPE Animal Shelter

HOPE Animal Shelter is an organization that operates out of Tucson and is a community-based shelter for dogs and cats. It is constantly seeking volunteers and charges an adoption fee of $90 per pet. This is something of a bargain, since the fee includes spaying/neutering, microchip, current vaccines, free health insurance for 30 days, and specific tests for felines. If you are looking for a boost, check out the site’s ‘Happy Endings’ section. Perhaps it will inspire you to save a pet of your own.

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Ohana Animal Rescue

Located in Tempe, Ohana Animal Rescue is on a mission to give second chances to animals in the Maricopa County area that need it most. This organization pays special attention to pets listed for euthanasia in Apache Junction Care and Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Its goal is to find permanent homes for the pets it saves. Failing that, the next step is to find an animal sanctuary best suited to the pet in question.

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Animal Loving Friends

Animal Loving Friends (ALF) operates out of Tempe and provides a trap/neuter/return (TNR) service for cats in the community. It is an organization that aims to sterilize cats in order to ensure that more unwanted kittens are not born. It estimates that for every cat sterilized, 9 more are saved from dying a sad and lonely death. ALF also contributes to adoption by ensuring around 1,000 pets a year are kept out of shelters, which allows adoption groups to save even more animals. ALF’s website points out that 4 million animals die each year due to overpopulation.

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Foothills Animal Rescue

Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) has been in the business of saving the lives of animals since 1995. It does not keep pets in cages and looks to reduce the level of homeless pets in the community from its base in Scottsdale. While it is not one of the larger animal shelters, with a maximum capacity of around 60, their relatively low amount of pets means the organization can give special care and attention to each of their guests. FAR is proud to work closely with the community by educating the public on responsible animal ownership and providing animal welfare resources.

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Poverty’s Pets

Poverty's Pets is another organization that is based in Scottsdale. It focuses on abandoned, abused, and neglected pets in low-income communities. It educates members of the public on the importance of spaying and neutering, while seeking to end overpopulation, cruelty, and homelessness. This organization does not have a shelter, so it is unable to take in pets from the public. If you are interested in adopting a faithful companion, this is a great place to do so, and if you’re feeling like you’re in the giving mood, Poverty’s Pets accepts donations.

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Cute Stuff Animal Rescue

Cute Stuff Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that operates out of Gilbert and pays special attention to unwanted pets in the East Valley. It does not have a physical shelter, so all pets are kept in loving foster homes. The animals taken in by Cute Stuff come from owners unable to care for the pet or from owners that have recently passed away. As it is a no-kill organization, it readily takes back pets from adopting families unable or unwilling to take care of the pet. It is actively looking for more owners in return for an adoption fee that will help keep the organization running.

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Saving One Life

Saving One Life is a state non-profit organization that is run by volunteers with its base in Chandler. It focuses on animals that are to be euthanized and is especially keen to protect kittens and cats of all types, especially semi-feral cats, purebred cats, and animals with severe medical problems. As it is a no-kill group, animals with terminal illnesses are placed in hospice care. All animals put up for adoption by the group are spayed/neutered, dewormed, vaccinated, microchipped, and blood tested for feline aids and feline leukemia.

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The information provided in this article is delivered via Scottsdale Pet Hotel. If you live in Arizona and would like to have an addition to your family in the form of a loving pet, contact the one of the trusted organizations we’ve listed above. If none of them are in your area, don’t worry; there are hundreds of similar groups located all over the state, just make sure that you do your homework about the organization first, to make sure they are acting in a manner in which you approve.

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