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Pinal County Pupdate

February 2024

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Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter will be closed

on Monday, February 19, During the Presidents' Day Holiday.

Some services, such as licensing and viewing lost or adoptable animals, can be found on our website. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, February 20.

Monthly Update

Foster Incentive Program is Here to Stay

During the past holiday season, Pinal County Animal Care & Control launched an incentive program to encourage fostering. The program was meant to last only through the holidays, but the shelter is continuing the program indefinitely due to its success!

Fosters can make anywhere from $25 to $100 a week by fostering one of the eligible dogs in the program. Contact the shelter directly for more information on the foster incentive program at 520-509-3555.

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The Pet Pantry is Back

Thanks to the Humane Society of the United States and Chewy, the shelter's pet pantry is stocked! The shelter has free dog food and cat food for Pinal County residents in need.

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February is Responsible Pet Ownership Month

Participate in the Teddy Bear Clinic

The shelter is hosting its first-ever Teddy Bear Clinic to teach children how awesome it is to be a responsible pet owner! Children will explore the teddy bear pet hospital, the plushy pet groomer, and the stuffies’ animal shelter during the clinic! 

The Teddy Bear Clinic will occur on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at

the Pinal County Animal Care & Control Shelter. Join PCACC for a fun afternoon of imaginary play,

hands-on activities, and creative craft-making, all while learning the importance of basic pet care; please email to sign up!

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Pet of the Month

Meet Clemson

Clemson was initially found as a stray with another dog on October 27th, 2022. Clemson spent months shut down, scared, and unable to walk on a leash; this deterred most adopters from giving him a chance. Clemson has regained his confidence and learned how to walk on a leash thanks to the dedication of shelter staff and volunteers.

Clemson is a soft and gentle boy. He is a playgroup rockstar, meaning he does great with other dogs. He has recently been placed in a foster home, where he is learning what it is like to live in a home instead of a shelter, and he is doing fantastic! Clemson is doing great in foster care but is ready to find his own home. If you are interested in meeting Clemson for potential adoption, please get in touch with the shelter at

520-509-3555 to schedule a meet and greet.

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Happy Tails

Read Mavis' Adoption Success Story

Mavis was in the shelter's care for 389 days. The shelter was puzzled as to why this girl was constantly overlooked for adoption. One theory about why Mavis was at the shelter so long is the common phenomenon of "black dog syndrome." Black dog syndrome is common in animal welfare, where darker-colored dogs are overlooked in favor of lighter-colored animals.


Mavis finally got her happily ever after in January 2024. Mavis, now Maisie, was adopted by a lovely couple who recently lost their doggie companion. After seeing a picture posted of Maisie online, they headed to the shelter the next day, where they fell in love and took Maisie home for a foster trial. After two weeks of fostering, Maisie's adopters knew she was the one!

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Can You Guess Teddy's Breed?

This cutie is Teddy! You may have known him as Cyler when he lived at the shelter. Teddy was adopted in December, and his adopter recently shared his DNA results.

Can you guess this cuties’ primary breed? Answer will be announced in our March Pupdate.
American Pitbull Terrier
Chow Chow
German Shepherd
Labrador Retriever

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