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‼  SPECIAL ALERTS  

BEWARE OF ORGANIZATIONS ADVERTISING THAT THEY WILL "HUMANELY" REMOVE UNWANTED FERAL CATS (or other animals) from your property for a fee. THIS IS A SCAM and the cats will not be disposed of humanely.  Drowned, poisoned, clubbed to death, thrown out in the desert -- best case scenario is that they get turned into the county to be euthanized. If you or anyone is having issues with feral cats, please contact ADLA at 602-265-7729 or email at feralcats@adlaz.org .

PLEASE DO NOT TURN PETS (YOURS OR FOUND ONES) IN TO THE COUNTY SHELTER, ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY OR HALO.  These are NOT no-kill shelters.  Please check our Resource Page for a listing of no-kill rescue groups and contact them right away.  It takes time for volunteer/foster-based groups to find room for new animals, so please give them sufficient time to help you.  We all network together to try to find someone who can take in a cat or dog.   NEVER EVER take feral cats or kittens to any of these organizations either. 

MARICOPA COUNTY SHELTERS AND RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS ARE IN A CRISIS STAGE.
 Please help our local shelters and rescue organizations find homes for the many, many animals, especially cats and kittens they all have an overabundance of and reduce the unnecessary euthanization of adorable, adoptable animals by adopting from anyone of them this month and all summer long.
If you cannot adopt at this time, please consider being a foster home for any of the shelters or organizations and HELP SAVE ANIMALS LIVES! Foster homes are especially needed for the youngest, the sick and others who need a little extra TLC.

FIND KITTENS?  Please don’t assume they are orphaned and remove them.  Mom could just be hunting for food.  But if you are certain they are orphaned, take them to a vet right away or someone who knows how to care for baby kittens -- they need special care.  DO NOT TAKE TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY, COUNTY SHELTER OR HALO - they will be killed!!  Please contact a no-kill rescue group for help placing them.  For more information, please read our Feral Cat Page and Feral Help listings on Resource Page.

IN EITHER CASE, PLEASE CONTACT US OR ONE OF THE NO-KILL RESCUE GROUPS LISTED ON OUR RESOURCE PAGE.

COYOTES LIVE EVERYWHERE FOLKS.  Accept the fact and protect your pets.  Just keep them all inside and don’t leave dogs out in yard without supervision.  Some areas even need to be cautious and alert when walking small dogs on leash!  If you are feeding ferals, never leave food out all night.  Give the cats time to eat (45 min – 1 hour) then pick everything up so as not to attract the coyotes.  Leaving food out will just make them sitting ducks and easy pickins’ for predators (owls too!).  Try to feed in protected area, but still don’t leave sitting out.  Coyotes can climb walls and owls still a threat.  For more info go to the AZ Game & Fish website and see their brochure – Living with Coytes.  https://www.azgfd.com/PortalImages/files/wildlife/livingwith/Coyote_Brochure_v7_final.pdf

Keep Emergency Vet and Pet Poison Control Numbers Handy
Always keep the number and address of the nearest 24-hour veterinary clinic handy, along with the number to the ASPCA's Pet Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) - just in case.
Visit the Pet Poisoning Resources Page for more information on what foods, plants and other items are toxic to dogs and cats.