Animal Care & Control
|Meet our Staff!
Photo (L-R): Anthony Puskaric, Felicia Ihrig, Keekee (our office cat), John Castaneda, Gabe Arrellin, Sheldon Benedict, Kris Tower, and Gila (our mascot)
|In 2017, the Gila County Animal Control launched a major rebranding strategy; from the development and implementation of our Facebook page to changing our name we underwent significant changes during the past year both internally and externally. Our primary goal is to improve your perception as a pet owner that we care about your pets and want to help any way we can.
We welcome you to the all new Gila County Animal Care & Control webpage!
Please feel free to click on the links below for information you may be interested in.
Adoptions; Animal Disease & Care; Services & Fees; FAQ's; Public Notices; Renew License; Surrender a Pet; Lost Pet;
To purchase a new license, contact the Gila County Animal Care & Control office at (928) 425-5882 or you may renew your license by clicking the image on the right or you may click here to access the license renewal site.
Gila County Ordinances
Public Information Request
|Surrender a Pet
This section still under construction…
If you have lost your pet or your pet has been impounded, please contact the Gila County Animal Care & Control office at (928) 425-5882 and we will be happy to assist you in reuniting you with your pet as soon as possible.
You may also search online for your lost pet: Lost Dog; Lost Cat
Adopting a Pet?
To read these rules in more detail, please click here.
Finding the Perfect Match
We also recommend that you learn a little about animal care and behavior before bringing home your new pet.
|Find your pet here...
There may be one here that is just right for you! You may also search online for your new best friend at PetHarbor.com.
Click on the links to search for Adoptable Dogs; Adoptable Cats
Pet Adoption Application [Printable] [Fillable]
|In addition to the various adoption activities that our Gila County Animal Care & Control team are involved with in reuniting lost pets with their families, we have recently began a new partnership with Bissell and LostPet USA.
This helps reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care.
|Canine Distemper in Dogs
Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The disease affects dogs, and certain species of wildlife, such as raccoons, wolves, foxes, and skunks. The common house pet, the ferret, is also a carrier of this virus. Canine distemper belongs to the Morbillivirus class of viruses, and is a relative of the measles virus, which affects humans, the Rinderpest virus that affects cattle, and the Phocine virus that causes seal distemper. All are members of the Paramyxoviridae family. Young, unvaccinated puppies and non-immunized older dogs tend to be more susceptible to the disease.
Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) in Dogs [Video]
Symptoms and Types of Distemper in Dogs
The virus, which is spread through the air and by direct or indirect (i.e. utensils, bedding) contact with an infected animal, initially attacks a dog’s tonsils and lymph nodes and replicates itself there for about one week. It then attacks the respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.
In the initial stages of Canine Distemper, the major symptoms include high fever (≥103.5 ° F, or 39.7° C), reddened eyes, and a watery discharge from the nose and eyes. An infected dog will become lethargic and tired, and will usually become anorexic. Persistent coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur.
Read more on the distemper here.
Canine Parvovirus (CPV)
Parvovirus in Dogs [Video]
Signs & Symptoms of Parvo in Dogs
Feline Panleukopenia Virus in Cats
Symptoms and Types of FPV in Cats
Read more on FPV here.
Rabies in Dogs
**The information in this section has been obtained by information on the PETMD website. For more information on these diseases or any other health concerns you may have regarding your pet, there is more information available on their website.
|Services & Fees|
Adoptions - Adoption fee includes: rabies vaccine, license, spay/neuter deposit, microchip/registration (cats
do not require licensure per Arizona state law, license fee is waived on cats; microchipping is optional for cats only when adopting).
Licenses - Licenses are valid for one (1) year, you must renew and buy a new tag every year, even if you have the three year rabies vaccine, you still need a new license every year. If you are late renewing, you could face a penalty fee adding to the normal cost of the license. Penalties do add together the longer you wait. To renew your license online, click here.
Impound - If your animal is picked up and brought to the shelter there are fees associated with that, you must pay to get your animal back. If your animal is licensed and has current tags on, it will save you money considerably. Always keep your animals current on their vaccines and licenses, it is ordered by law. If your animal is a repeat offender and continually is picked up, the impound offense goes up in price each time.
Click here to view or print a copy of our 2017 price list.
**Note regarding recovery fee: (Fee added when you reclaim your animal from our facility and opt to not have the animal spayed/neutered