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Animal Control

1181 E Thornton
Show Low, AZ
537-4365
email: animalcontrol@ci.show-low.az.us

Frequently asked pet questions:
Is there a limit on the number of pets I can keep in my home?

 

Yes. The City of Show Low limits the number of pets to three household pets per dwelling. This means you can have two dogs and one cat or two cats and one dog or any other combination totaling three pets per dwelling (City Code 6-1-13)

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Does the City of Show Low require me to license my pets? City tags help Show Low Animal Control locate owners of lost dogs and give the city a record of people who own dogs in case of a rabies epidemic. Therefore, Show Low’s city code requires all dogs four months or older to have city tags if they have been maintained within the city limits more than 30 days (City Code 6-3-2). The city does not require cats to be licensed.

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Must my dog have shots before being licensed? Although distemper, parvo and other vaccinations are important, you only need proof of a rabies vaccination to receive a city license. The vaccination must be valid for the entire license year or your dog must be boostered before licensing.

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How much does a license cost? Take your rabies vaccination record to City Hall and pay $5.00 for a sterile dog and $15.00 for a non-sterile dog.

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How long is a license valid? Tags expire January 1st of each year and should be renewed annually. You can purchase your license for the upcoming year as early as December of the current year. Licenses not renewed by January 1st of each year will be considered delinquent. There is not a grace period because tags for the following year are available for purchase by December.

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Where can I get a license?

 

Show Low City Hall at 550 N 9th Place.

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Do I have to keep my dog on a leash when it’s out of the yard?

 

Dogs are not to run loose in the City of Show Low. If a dog is not contained in a fenced yard it is required to be restrained by a leash (City Code 6-1-7).

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My neighbor’s dog barks all night and keeps me awake. Is there anything I can do?

 

Barking dogs are a problem in the city. It is understood that dogs are going to bark at things from time to time. However, if a dog is continually barking, whining or howling any time of the day or night, the owner is guilty of a civil violation (City Code 6-1-6). Call the police department at 537-4365 to make a barking dog complaint.

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Am I responsible for "picking up" after my dog if he goes while I’m walking him?

 

Yes. It is unlawful for any person whose animal defecates on property they do not own to not immediately clean it up (City Code 6-1-8).

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An Animal Control officer picked up my dog. How can I get it back?

 

You must make an appointment to pick up your pet at the pound. Call the Show Low Police Department at 537-4365 to talk to a Dispatcher regarding your call. An Animal Control Officer will set a time to meet you at the pound, where you will be able to pay any  fines and pick up your pet.

Click here to see New State Law regarding reclaims.

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How can I adopt an animal from the Show Low pound?

 

We take adoptions by appointment only. Call the Show Low Police Department at 537-4365 to make an appointment. Females have to be spayed and males have to be neutered before they go to their new homes.

Click here to see New State Law regarding adoptions.

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How much does it cost to adopt a pet from the pound?

 

If an animal is already spayed or neutered, it is FREE to the public. If the animal is not already spayed or neutered, adoption costs are as follows: female dog $76; male dog $50; female cat $50; male cat $37.

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Are there other things I should know about adopting a pet?

 

Show Low Animal Control offers a microchips for all adoptions at $10.00 per dog.

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What other things are available through Show Low Animal Control?

 

The City of Show Low, through Show Low Animal Control, holds a rabies clinic at least once a year, at which the public can get rabies and other shots for their cats and dogs at a discounted price. Check this Web site for clinic dates and times.

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