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FAQ's

 

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FAQ's

Why do I have to license my dog?
How much does a license cost?
How do I get a license?
My dog always stays in my house, does it have to be licensed?
What happens if my dog or cat bites someone?
I moved to the country to let my dog run free. Why do I have to pen it up?
Does my dog have to be quarantined at the shelter?
Can I give my dog a rabies vaccination myself?
Can I give my dog or cat other vaccinations, like parvo, distemper, corona, etc. myself?
Why should I have to have an animal spayed or neutered when I adopt?
What is a microchip and why do all dogs and cats adopted from Gila County Animal Care & Control have one?
If I find a stray, what should I do?



Why do I have to license my dog?
State law requires all dogs over the age of three months to be vaccinated against rabies. The license requirement is to allow 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 so they can get the animal back home.

How much does a license cost?

  • Altered License (Spayed or Neutered)  $10 per year
  • License (Not Spayed or Neutered)   $30 per year
  • Penalty  $2
  • Duplicate License   $5

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How do I get a license?

You must have a copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed veterinarian that is good for at least one year. You can come to the Globe office/shelter at 700 West Hackney, Globe, AZ 85501, AZ or the Payson office at 107 West Frontier St., Payson, AZ 85541 and buy your license there. You may also mail the vaccination certificate to the office along with the license fee and the license will be mailed to you.

Mailing Address:
Gila County Animal Care & Control
1400 E. Ash St.
Globe, AZ 85501

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My dog always stays in my house, does it have to be licensed?

Yes. All dogs over the age of three months, regardless if they never leave the yard. You would be surprised how many animals are impounded every month and the owner says, "But it has never been out before!"

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What happens if my dog or cat bites someone?

In accordance to Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S 11-1014), an unvaccinated dog or cat that bites any person shall be confined and quarantined in a county pound or, on request of and at the expense of the owner, at a veterinary hospital for a period of not less than ten days. The quarantine period shall start on the day of the bite incident. If the day of the bite is not known, the quarantine period shall start on the first day of impoundment. At the end of ten days, the owner can take the animal home after paying the quarantine impound fee.

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Does my dog have to be quarantined at the shelter?

No. Another option is to quarantine the dog at a vet hospital. Animal Care & Control must transport the dog to the vet with the total cost going to the owner of the animal.

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I moved to the country to let my dog run free. Do I still have to pen it up?

Yes. 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 entire state. The Gila County Animal Control Ordinance reflects that same requirement.

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Can I give my dog a rabies vaccination myself?

No. Arizona state law requires that a rabies vaccination be administered by a licensed veterinarian and a copy of the vaccination certificate be forwarded to the appropriate animal control agency.

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Can I give my dog or cat other vaccinations (e.g., parvo, distemper, etc) myself?

Yes. You can purchase these various vaccinations through pet supply companies or from local feed stores. Rabies vaccinations can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian.

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Why should I have to have an animal spayed or neutered when I adopt?
Arizona State requires that all shelters who do adoptions have a sterilization program in effect. The problem of stray and unwanted animals can only be reduced by eliminating unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.

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What is a microchip and why do all dogs and cats adopted from Gila County Animal Care & Control have one?

A microchip is a small identification device about the size of a grain of rice that is implanted on a animal's back just under the skin at the base of the neck. Animal control agencies or shelters who might take possession of a stray animal can scan the animal with a hand held scanner to help locate the animal's owners. It is another avenue to reunite pets and owners. The microchip is also a method to prove ownership if your animal is stolen, since it cannot be removed like a collar and tags.

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If I find a stray, what should I do?
If you find a stray dog or cat, contact Gila County Animal Care & Control and report it. If you desire to have the animal picked up, unless sick or injured we will do so as quickly as possible during business operating hours. If you would like to keep the animal, you may do so. If the owner calls to report a lost animal, Gila County Animal Care & Control will put you in contact with the owner to get the pet back home.

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