FLORENCE, AZ – June 11 marks a national effort to reduce or eliminate animal euthanasia. This is the second year Pinal County Animal Care & Control has signed on with the Just One Day initiative and will not euthanize any animals. To call attention to the work that Animal Care & Control does for the community, the department will be hosting an Open House at the shelter and extending shelter hours on June 11 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Other activities on June 11 include:
- Licensing, rabies and reduced-cost vaccine clinic from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in partnership with Arizona licensed veterinarians Dr. Paul Pullen and Dr. Audie Wood. Pets with a current a license from Pinal County or one of its cities will receive a free vaccination. Individual discounted vaccine prices are: rabies $9, parvo/distemper $21, and bordatella (optional) $10. Rabies, distemper and parvo are vitally important considering the rate of exposure in Pinal County.
- A mobile veterinary unit will be on site offering a limited number of discounted spay/neuter surgeries on June 11 only. Interested pet owners need to call Pinal County Animal Care & Control to schedule an appointment at 520-509-3555. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cat spay/neuter surgery will range from $20-70 based on the weight and age of the cat. Dogs will be from $60-100 based on age and weight also.
- Reduced-rate microchipping of $20 for any pets.
- A select number of cats and dogs that are already spayed/neutered will be offered for adoption at special discounted rates on June 11.
- Several rescue groups that are part of the county’s New Hope program will have informational displays and adoption information available.
- Animal Control staff will be available to assist the public with information on volunteering, fostering or rescuing animals.
Pinal County Animal Care & Control has drastically cut the euthanasia rate through relationships it has formed with the animal rescue community. When euthanasia is required, it is generally only the really sick, injured, frail/elderly, feral or aggressive animals that are euthanized.
“At the first Just One Day event last year, we had 25 adoptions and 27 pets were spayed or neutered,” said Director Kaye Dickson. “We also microchipped 43 animals and vaccinated 40. Shelter pets make wonderful companion animals and we hope people will come out to see us.”
Pinal County Animal Care & Control is located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road. Normal office hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays.