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Animal Care & Welfare

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"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

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?

The 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 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 "The 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?IMG_1212

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, click HERE to review the program's 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



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).

Animal Bites

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 at (928) 763-6000 or (928) 763-1999 (after hours).
  • Animal Care & Welfare will quarantine the animal to check for rabies and write a report.

Lost & Found Animals

Come into the shelter or call immediately, (928) 763-6000. 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.

IMG_8421Don'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.


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. Click HERE for TLC's flyer. 


What can I do with the wild cats around my house?
Animal Care and Welfare recommends you do not feed your dog outside or feed the feral cats. Feeding the cats can attract other wildlife, including coyotes, skunks, and raccoons to your neighborhood. Animal Care and Welfare rents live cat traps when the weather permits. Contact Rebecca with the local TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program at (928) 362-2733.

Does the Bullhead City License have to be on my dog or cat at all times?IMG_1217
Yes, the Bullhead City license has to be worn by the dog or cat at all times. The license provides the Animal Welfare Officers with your information in case your dog is lost or found. To purchase a license, go to Animal Care and Welfare and bring in proof of current rabies from a veterinarian. The license can be purchased for one or three years, depending on the status of the rabies vaccine.

Where can I let my dog run off a leash?
Bullhead City has two beautiful dog parks. They are located at Community Park, 1251 Highway 95, and Rotary Park, 2315 Balboa Drive. Both of these dog parks are fully enclosed and are near the gorgeous Colorado River. Otherwise, dogs must be on a leash, no longer than 6 feet.

How many dogs and cats are allowed per residence?
Bullhead City residents are allowed to have 3 dogs and 3 cats over the age of four months per household.

I'm moving to Bullhead City and have over the number of pets allowed?
Bullhead City offers a "Pet Fancier" permit for those new residents moving into our area with more animals than allowed. New residents may apply for a permit within 90 days of residency. To apply, please bring in the rabies certificate that was given by a veterinarian. A license needs to be purchased within 30 days from the date the owner acquires the dog or cat or brings them into the city limits.

How does the staff know the breed or ages of the animals we find?
The staff are very knowledgeable with animal breeds and they evaluate the animal's characteristics. The age is determined by the animal's teeth. K9 adult teeth are fully developed by 6-7 months, depending on the breed. The more tarter or worn down the teeth are, the older the animal is. But, this also depends on the animal's breed and previous dental care. We cannot guarantee the age or breed of the animals, but we give our best estimate.


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