By Timothy Rawles / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
(Casa Grande, AZ) If you’re looking for a life-long companion, chances are a cute dog or cat is looking for the same.
The Pinal County Animal Care & Control has their Clear the Shelter” adoption event on Saturday, April 23. And it’s a perfect time to become a pet parent, whether it’s your first time or your 50th.
According to the March statistics report, there are currently 345 potential pets ready to adopt at the shelter. With this event, they are offering free waived adoptions and microchips. The day’s festivities will include vendors and a food truck.
Pinal County Animal Control’s (PCAC) mission is to find every homeless pet a safe and loving home. They want to educate the public so that no animal must suffer due to ignorance. Here are some questions and answers from the PCAC that come up at the shelter for potential pet parents:
Do I have to license my dog?
State law requires all dogs over three months to be vaccinated against rabies. The license requirement allows city or county agencies to ensure that the dog has a current rabies vaccination. It also gives animal control agencies a way to identify the owner of an impounded animal to get the animal back home.
Where are the shelters located for adoptable pets?
Animal Care and Control operate 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 are pets required to have microchips at Animal Care and Control?
A microchip is a small identification device about 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. It is another avenue to reunite pets and owners. The chip used by Animal Care and Control is the Data Mars brand. It is also a method to prove ownership if your animal is stolen since it cannot be removed like a collar and tags.
Do I have to keep my dog penned up?
The State of Arizona requires that all dogs be confined to their property or be on a leash if not on the owner's property. It is commonly known as a "leash law" and exists throughout the state. The Pinal County Animal Control Ordinance reflects that exact requirement.
Can I chain up my dog legally?
Yes. It is legal. It is not the best choice, and the owner is responsible for making sure the dog is not chained in an area or in such a way that it can get 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 in length.
What do I do if I find a stray?
If you have found a stray dog or cat, please contact Animal Care and Control and report it. Please call the animal control agency representing the city or area where you have found the animal. If you cannot bring the animal into our facility, we ask that you hold that animal for 24 hours, hoping the owner will be found. Only then will we send an Officer to pick up the found animal. If you wish to keep the animal, you may, but only if the owner can contact you to retrieve their lost pet; otherwise, we prefer the animal stay with us until the three-day mandatory waiting period. Then you may adopt the animal yourself. Please note that Animal Care and Control does not pick up stray or roaming cats.
If I find a pet and call the owner, but they don’t reply, can I keep them?
In Arizona, the law states that if you keep a dog or cat and care for it for six consecutive days, you automatically become the animal owner. This means you will be legally required to license and vaccinate the animal and feed, water, and shelter the animal. It is always wise for you to contact Animal Care and Control to report finding the animal if the original owner comes along to claim it. That way, you have proof of the length of time it has been in your possession should the original owner come along later and want the animal back.
Attending the Pinal County Animal & Care Control “Clear the Shelter” event is a great way to ask more questions about owning a pet in Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s office is partnering with the shelter for the event.