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Animal Care & Welfare

Animal Care & Welfare (ACW) will be controlling shelter access to the public. Only five members of the public will be allowed inside the shelter at one time.

During normal business hours, please ring the shelter door bell for service. For needs that don't require a visit to the shelter, call (928) 763-6000.

"To give refuge to the displaced and abandoned.
To give safety to the abused and neglected.
To educate the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership and care."

Animal Care and Welfare Facility
2270 Trane Road
Bullhead City, AZ 86442
Phone: (928) 763-6000
Fax: (928) 763-0150

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Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
(Wednesday: open until 8 p.m.)
Saturday: Adoptions by appointment only

Looking to adopt a furry family member?

shelter dogThe friendly and loving staff at Animal Care and Welfare is ready to help you find your furry-friend today! Our animals are located at the shelter or you can view them on Pet Finder. The shelter receives many different breeds, sizes, and types of dogs and cats, and sometimes birds, ferrets, rabbits and more. If you don't see an animal that would be a great fit, come back in and keep looking as Animal Care and Welfare receives over 3,000 animals a year!
Animals without identification are held four business days and animals with identification are held six business days. They are then put up for adoption.

Adoptions Includes: Health Examination, Basic Spay/Neuter, Rabies Vaccination, First Preventative Vaccination (DA2P/FVRCP) and if you are a Bullhead City Resident the 1st year license is free!

  • City Shelter Adoption Fee: you pay $100
  • Veterans Adoption Fee: you pay $75 (Provide Proof)
  • Swanty's Sponsorship Adoption Fee: you pay $30

Our animals can also be found on TV2 KLBC's Morning Show, our Bullhead City Police Facebook's "Pets in the Neighborhood" and in the Mohave Daily News.

Wanting to spay and neuter your pets?shelter cat

The Animal Care and Welfare staff is very passionate about educating the community on responsible pet ownership and proper animal care. The shelter offers a year-round program called "Helping Paws" that can provide qualified pet owners financial assistance toward spaying and neutering services. For more information, contact the shelter at (928) 763-6000. Or, check out the Helping Paws program requirements.

Why spay and neuter?

There are many different reasons why pet owners choose to spay and neuter their pets. The biggest reason is the over population of dogs and cats. In the USA, it is estimated that one animal is capable of producing several generations, totaling more than 10,000 offspring. Another reason to alter your pet is health and behavior benefits. Many of the same cancers humans can get, so can our pets. Several behavior issues can be resolved or lessoned with training, including running away, dogs jumping into your yard, aggressiveness, and marking of territory.

License Information

License fees for dogs and cats are the same. 
Cost for a lost pet tag -  $2.
Late fee to renew license- $10 per quarter.

  Animals Spayed/Neutered     1 year license     3 year license     1 year license - Seniors    3 year license - Seniors  
 No  $30  $60  $15  $30
 Yes  $10  $20  $3  $6

Complaints/ Animal Bites

Animal Care & Welfare officers respond to many complaints, such as, animal cruelty, bites, abandonment, or animals fighting. To report animal abuse, call (928) 763-6000 or (928) 763-1999 (after hours).

If you are bitten by an animal:

  • Seek medical attention.
  • Remember where the animal was last seen.
  • Contain the animal if it is safe to do so.
  • Contact Animal Care & Welfare.
  • Animal Care & Welfare will quarantine the animal to check for rabies and write a report.

Lost & Found Animals

Come into the shelter or call us immediately. Bring in a picture to let the staff know what the animal looks like. If your animal is found, please call us so we can remove it from our list.

Don't Abandon Your Pets

If you can no longer care for your animals, bring them to the animal shelter so someone else can possibly adopt them. Abandonment is a criminal offense.shelter volunteer

To volunteer for the Animal Care & Welfare Facility, please call (928) 763-6000.

Other Services

TLC (Tender Loving Care) Veterinary Services offers low cost vaccines and health care on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Bullhead City Animal Care & Welfare Facility from 9 a.m. - 12 noon. Call (480) 699-9950 for more information. 

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