How to Help

Our mission at Pima Animal Care is to protect the health and safety of all Pima County residents - including those with four legs, cold noses and fur.

Unfortunately, there aren’t enough loving homes to care for the number of animals in our community. Sometimes, we end up with cats and dogs because owners are irresponsible or abusive. Sometimes, life circumstances change or owners believe they aren’t equipped to deal with an aging or sick pet.
And because Pima Animal Care accepts all animals, regardless of their condition, we take in roughly 25,000 animals a year.

That is a staggering number. If you imagine every seat filled at McKale Center at the University of Arizona, remember that capacity there is fewer than 15,000.

Some of the animals – those with behavioral problems or illnesses or aggression – can be hard to find homes for, but many, many of the animals we receive are healthy and well-socialized.

We feel deeply for the animals in our care and work diligently to make sure that every healthy, adoptable animal has a chance to go home with new families who will love them.

There is no “clock” ticking on healthy, adoptable animals. We will keep an animal for months, as long as health and behavior allows, as we work closely with community partners and rescue organizations to find a placement.

But we can’t outrun the need. Unfortunately, as fast as we can find animals homes, literally dozens are coming in every day. Sadly, some are at risk of being put down, including sick animals that don’t respond to treatment or those with behavioral issues that don’t respond to training and pose a risk to our public and our volunteers.
It would be wonderful to eliminate the need for euthanasia, but we aren’t there yet.

It is going to take all of us working together to fix this problem. How?
  • Spaying and neutering pets is the single biggest step people can take to control the animal population.
  • Making responsible choices when picking out pets so that families are well-equipped for the animals they take home
  • Ensuring animals are vaccinated so they stay healthy
  • Licensing animals so they can more readily be returned to their rightful homes
  • Volunteering time to help serve as shelter guides and connect families with available pets
  • Donating resources to help care for animals and expand public awareness
Pima Animal Care is committed to making progress on each of these elements, from low-cost vaccination clinics to discounted spay/neuter program in certain areas of the community. Licensing for altered animals has been held to a nominal fee. We welcome volunteers and donors who want to help us in our mission.

Thank you for your support.

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Animal Care Center

4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 724-5900
Fax: (520) 724-5960


Monday - 12 - 7 pm*
Tuesday - 12 - 7 pm*
Wednesday - 1:30 - 7 pm* (Beginning April 5)
Thursday - 12 - 7 pm*
Friday - 12 - 7 pm*

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*Must be checked in to wait list 45 minutes before close to be seen in adoption and admission department.

Ajo Substation

1249 N Well Rd
Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-7502


11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Friday:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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