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INTAKE REQUESTS

For intake requests, please provide the following when emailing in to us.  The more info you can give us up front, the quicker we can see if we can make things work and help you and the dog or cat.  Emails with missing info or photos will cause a delay in our ability to give you an answer. We’d suggest just copying the questions and pasting them into an email to dogintake@azfriends.org or catintake@azfriends.org

Please also check our Services Brochure (click this link) for more rescue groups in our area.

NOTE THAT FOR ALL INTAKE REQUESTS, YOU MUST ATTACH AT LEAST ONE PHOTO, AND PREFERABLY A FEW PHOTOS.

Please also note that an email request for intake is not a guaranteed intake and you should pursue any other options for finding safe placement while waiting to hear back from us. We are a very small, privately run facility and will do our best to accommodate as many requests as possible.

For STRAY intake requests:
  1. Where did you find the animal– major cross streets please

  2. Did you get the animal scanned for a microchip?

  3. When did you find the animal?

  4. How long can you house/care for this stray ?  

  5. If you posted the animal on public sites (eg Craigslist, etc) as found, can you email us a link?

  6. About how old do you think this animal is? Best guess is fine!

  7. Best guess at what breed the animal is? (for dogs only)

  8. Is the animal friendly with people, or is the animal timid/shy/hiding?

  9. If you have dogs, has this animal been around your dog?

  10. If you have cats, has this animal been around your cat?

  11. If you have kids, has this animal been around your kids


For OWNER SURRENDER intake requests:
  1. What is the main reason you want to surrender your dog or cat?  We make no judgments, but this info helps us.

  2. How long can you to hold onto your dog/cat - what is your time frame for needing to rehome your dog or cat?

  3. What is your dog/cat's name?

  4. Where did you get him/her?  If from another rescue, have you contacted them about taking the animal back? Many groups will take their animals back.

  5. How long have you had the animal?

  6. What breed is he/she?

  7. Is the animal spayed/neutered?

  8. Is the animal current on rabies vaccination?  We do not charge for owner surrenders but we do require a current rabies vaccination if we are able to take your animal (for both dogs and cats).

  9. About how old do you think this animal is? Best guess is fine!

  10. If you have dogs, has this animal been around your dog?

  11. If you have kids, has this animal been around your kids?

  12. For dogs, is the dog housetrained? 

  13. Does the dog use a dog door?

  14. For cats, does the cat use a litter box?  Any elimination outside the litter box?

  15. For dogs, has the dog been around cats?  If so, how is he/she with them?

  16. For dogs, about how big is your dog

  17. Does your animal take any medications?

  18. Does your animal have any behavioral issues?

  19. How does this animal react to strangers?  Are they friendly, fearful, shy, do they run and hide, etc.?

  20. Is your animal destructive in the home?

  21. Has your animal ever bitten anyone?  If so, please describe the incident and the circumstances in which the bite occurred.

  22. Please provide any other information that will help us find your dog or cat a good home – personality, likes, dislikes, etc.


PLEASE ALLOW A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS FOR OUR INTAKE VOLUNTEERS TO GET BACK TO YOU.  PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU EMAIL IN ON FRIDAY NIGHT OR ON THE WEEKEND, THE RESPONSE TIME COULD BE 48 HOURS AS WE DO WANT OUR VOLUNTEERS TO HAVE TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR OWN ANIMALS ALSO.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING.


 

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Lost or Found Animals

If you have lost an animal, or have an animal that needs a home, please check out the resources below. We do not euthanize to make space for animals and are therefore a a limited intake shelter. We are privately run and receive no government funds to care for our dogs and cats while they wait to be adopted.  You can email us at dogintake@azfriends.org or catintake@azfriends.org but please know that space is extremely limited and there is no guarantee that we will have space for the dog or cat that you found (as much as we want to, sadly we can't save them all).

If you lost your dog or cat and they are microchipped, call the microchip company and make sure they have your correct information!  Shelters, county facilities and rescue groups will always scan for a microchip.

Get flyers up - not only in your neighborhood, but at local vets, emergency clinics, and pet stores (ie PetSmart and Petco and Pet Club, etc.). Put bedding or clothing out in front of your house - anything with your scent to lead your dog or cat back home.  Put a sign up IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE - with your animal - "this dog/cat is lost and lives here".  Watch for people walking your dog in your neighborhood - often people find a dog and walk them through the neighborhood to hopefully find the owner.   Go to county facilities EVERY DAY. Don't rely on a phone call - they are overworked and understaffed and might not know your dog or cat came in - go see for yourself.  Every day.  After 3 days that animal is up for adoption or faces a less certain future.

If you find a dog, put up signs, post on Craigslist and look for Facebook groups that allow you to post found animals.  Walk the dog through your neighborhood.  Hold onto the dog as long as you can, but only if you are planning on trying to help find the owner.  Please do not try to rehome the dog on Craigslist.  Reach out to rescue groups to see if you can find someone to take the animal in - but remember that private rescue groups are limited intake, so if you can't immediately find placement, don't take your frustration out on those small rescue groups - it is not their fault that there are so many homeless animals and so little space.

Please note that abandoning an animal, even at a shelter, is not only cruel, it is against the law. As a limited intake shelter, animals abandoned at our shelter will have to be turned into Maricopa Animal Care and Control and trespassers will be prosecuted. Before you abandon, give away, or turn in your pet to a facility, please visit http://pets.maricopa.gov for information on dealing with common problems encountered by animal owners. You may also wish to download our services brochure listed below with a listing of local animal care agencies. 

Please also visit this link to see additional recommendations for a lost or found animal.

In addition, if you have lost OR found a dog or cat, please check out these online resources for more options. Whether you've lost or found an animal, be sure to check these sites daily, and Maricopa County Animal Control, to see if you find a matching post to help reunite the dog or cat with their family.

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control is offering an interactive mapping tool, which allows owners to search for their pets online, via
www.nolostpetsmaricopa.org.    This innovative tool is the first of its kind among animal control agencies in the United States. Pet owners who have lost their animal simply go online and click on the link to the mapping tool.  The "No Lost Pets" map allows users to perform various searches, including entering the cross streets of where their pet was last seen, entering a home address, or, by using GPS to determine an owner’s current location and searching from that point.