Animal Care & Control Division

Welcome to Gila County Animal Care & Control!

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Gila County
Animal Care Facility
700 W. Hackney Ave.
Globe, AZ 85501
(928) 425-5882

Meet our Staff! 

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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.

AdoptionsAnimal Disease & Care; Services & Fees; FAQ's; Public Notices; Renew License; Surrender a Pet; Lost Pet;

Renew License

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.
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Public Notices

Gila County Ordinances

Ordinance No. 01-4 Barking Dogs
Ordinance No. 01-3 Dogs Running at Large;
Ordinance No. 01-1 Bear/Human Contact

Public Information Request

Public Records Request Non-Commercial [Fillable]
Public Records Request Non-Commercial [Non-Fillable]
Surrender a Pet

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Lost Pet

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?


You have decided to add a new member to your family and provide a loving home to an animal in need. The Gila County Animal Care Facility has many friendly dogs and cats that are eager to find a loving home. Adopting a pet is exciting, but it is also a big decision that requires careful thought and consideration.

The primary responsibility of Gila County Animal Care & Control is animal welfare, making sure that animals in the county are treated humanely and the prospective owners have the means to properly care for adopted pets. Our rules are listed in detail below.

  • Every adopted animal must be spayed or neutered.
  • All dogs must receive the "4-in-1 vaccine".
  • All dogs must be microchipped.
  • All owners must prove that they have the means to properly care for their pets.

To read these rules in more detail, please click here.

Rights of Animal Care and Control to Refuse Adoption

The staff at Gila County Animal Care & Control hope that every adoption is successful. That is why we follow the procedures we do. We take it very seriously and ask for your patience while we go through the process together. If, for any reason, our staff does not believe that a successful adoption can take place, Gila County Animal Care & Control reserves the right to deny the adoption.

Finding the Perfect Match

It is very important that you choose your pet carefully. Your personality and lifestyle should determine which pet would be the best match.

There are many things to consider such as:

  • Are you ready to make a commitment to a pet for its entire life?
  • Is your home and yard large enough to accommodate a pet?
  • Are you financially prepared for the costs of caring for a pet?

We also recommend that you learn a little about animal care and behavior before bringing home your new pet.

Once you’ve decided you are ready to adopt, the first step is to visit our pets at the Gila County Animal Care Facility. Please take a look at our adoptable pets from the below links. 

To assist you in adopting your new family member, please click on the forms available below to print out an application. Once you fill it out, bring it into our office at 700 W. Hackney Ave., Globe, AZ. If you need further assistance, please contact us at (928) 425-5882.

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

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.
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Animal Disease & 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)

The canine parvovirus (CPV) infection is a highly contagious viral illness that affects dogs. The virus manifests itself in two different forms.  

  • The more common form is the intestinal form, which is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite (anorexia).
  • The less common form is the cardiac form, which attacks the heart muscles of very young puppies, often leading to death.
Most of cases are seen in puppies that are between six weeks and six months old. The incidence of canine parvovirus infections has been reduced radically by early vaccination in young puppies.

Parvovirus in Dogs [Video]

Signs & Symptoms of Parvo in Dogs

The major symptoms associated with the intestinal form of a canine parvovirus infection include:

  • Severe, bloody diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Severe weight loss
Read more on the parvovirus here.

Feline Panleukopenia Virus in Cats

Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. This virus affects the rapidly dividing blood cells in the body, primarily the cells in the intestinal tract, bone marrow, and in the stem cells of the developing fetus. Because the blood cells are under attack, this virus can lead to an anemic condition, and it can open the body to infections from other illnesses – viral or bacterial.

Feline Panleukopenia Virus (FPV) [Video]

Symptoms and Types of FPV in Cats

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/bloody diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • High fever
  • Anemia (due to lowered red blood cells)
  • Rough hair coat
  • Depression

Read more on FPV here.

Rabies in Dogs

Rabies is a severe, and often fatal, viral polioencephalitis that specifically affects the gray matter of the dog's brain and its central nervous system (CNS). The primary way the rabies virus is transmitted to dogs in the United States is through a bite from a disease carrier: foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. Infectious virus particles are retained in a rabid animal's salivary glands to better disseminate the virus through their saliva.

Rabies in Dogs [Video]

Symptoms and Types of Rabies

There are two forms of rabies: paralytic and furious. In the early symptom (prodomal) stage of rabies infection, the dog will show only mild signs of CNS abnormalities. This stage will last from one to three days. Most dogs will then progress to either the furious stage, the paralytic stage, or a combination of the two, while others succumb to the infection without displaying any major symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Hydrophobia
  • Jaw is dropped
  • Inability to swallow
  • Change in tone of bark
Read more on Rabies here.

**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


Enforcement of all Arizona State laws under Chapter 7, Article 6, Sections 11-1001 through 11-1027 and Gila County ordinances.

  • Issuing of licenses (dog tags)
  • Housing of unwanted strays and/or dogs at large
  • Housing all animals brought to Gila County Rabies Control
  • Investigating all reported animal bites and possible rabies exposures
  • Providing low cost rabies clinics for the citizens of both Northern and Southern Gila County
  • Investigating complaints of animal abuse, neglect, dog at large, wild animal in rural area i.e. skunks, coyotes too close to people inhabited area

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.

Other Services/Fees 

Owner request pick-up  $50.00
Cat trap rental $5.00/day
Skunk trap rental $5.00/day
Skunk Removal $15.00
Kennel Permit $75.00
Recovery Fee** $50.00

**Note regarding recovery fee: (Fee added when you reclaim your animal from our facility and opt to not have the animal spayed/neutered