Find a fur baby at the Pinal County Animal Care & Control Clear the Shelter adoption event | Timothy Rawles
By Timothy Rawles/NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
(Casa Grande, AZ) If you’re looking for a lifelong companion, chances are a cute dog or cat is looking for the same thing.
Pinal County Animal Care & Control is hosting their Clear the Shelter adoption event on Saturday, April 23. And now is the perfect time to parent a pet, whether it’s your first time or your 50th.
According to the March Statistical Report, there are currently 345 potential pets ready for adoption at the shelter. With this event, they are offering free adoptions and microchips. The day’s festivities will include vendors and a food truck.
The mission of Pinal County Animal Control (PCAC) is to find every homeless animal a safe and loving home. They want to educate the public so that no animal suffers through ignorance. Here are some PCAC questions and answers that come up at the shelter for potential pet parents:
Should I register my dog?
State law requires that all dogs over three months old be vaccinated against rabies. The licensing requirement allows city or county agencies to ensure that the dog is vaccinated against rabies. It also gives animal control agencies a way to identify the owner of an impounded animal to bring the animal home.
Where are adoptable animal shelters located?
Animal Care and Control operates two shelters. The first location would be our main shelter located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. The second location is San Manuel, near the Sheriff’s Posse Arena at 27390 South Veterans Memorial Boulevard.
Why do pets need to be microchipped at Animal Care and Control?
A microchip is a small identification device the size of a grain of rice implanted on an animal’s back just under the skin at the base of the neck. Animal control agencies or shelters that might take possession of a stray animal can scan the animal with a handheld scanner to help locate the animal’s owners. This is another avenue for bringing pets and owners together. The chip used by Animal Care and Control is the Data Mars brand. It is also a method of proving ownership if your pet is stolen since it cannot be removed like a collar and tags.
Should I keep my dog penned?
The State of Arizona requires that all dogs be confined to their property or leashed if not on the owner’s property. It is commonly known as the “leash law” and exists statewide. The Pinal County Animal Control Ordinance reflects this exact requirement.
Can I chain my dog legally?
Yes. It is legal. This is not the best choice, and the owner is responsible for ensuring that the dog is not chained in an area or in such a way that it could become entangled with other objects or tangle its chain. The dog must be able to reach food, water, and adequate shelter, with the chain being at least 6 feet long.
What should I do if I find a stray animal?
If you find a stray dog or cat, please contact Animal Care and Control and report it. Please call the animal control agency representing the city or region where you found the animal. If you cannot bring the animal to our establishment, we ask that you keep this animal for 24 hours, hoping that the owner will be found. Only then will we send an officer to retrieve the found animal. If you want to keep the animal, you can, but only if the owner can contact you to recover his lost animal; otherwise, we prefer that the animal stay with us until the mandatory three-day waiting period. Then you can adopt the animal yourself. Please note that animal care and control does not pick up stray or stray cats.
If I find an animal and call the owner, but they don’t answer, can I keep them?
In Arizona, the law states that if you keep a dog or cat and take care of it for six consecutive days, you automatically become the owner of the animal. This means that you will be legally required to register and vaccinate the animal and to feed, water and shelter it. It is always wise to contact Animal Care and Control to report the discovery of the animal if the original owner comes forward to claim it. This way you have proof of how long it has been in your possession if the original owner comes later and wants the animal back.
Attending Pinal County Animal & Care Control’s “Clear the Shelter” event is a great way to ask more questions about pet ownership in Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the shelter for the event.
You can see which animals are available on the website. Or visit the CAAA website. “Clear the Shelter” will take place at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road, Casa Grande.