The number of dogs (and cats) waiting in area shelters for forever homes is staggering. So too are the number of rescue groups in the greater Phoenix Area who save these animals from euthanasia, care for them, and try to place them with loving families. The groups highlighted below are all registered 501 c-3 organizations located in the East Valley. While each shelter is different, usually the animal has been spayed or neutered, microchipped and given a health exam by a vet. Sometimes a bag of food is provided along with a collar and leash.  Some groups offer certificates for training classes. The fee charged for adopting may vary but remember the money should not be considered as a profit for “dog selling” but rather for the upkeep and maintenance of the animals and the facilities which often only rely on adoption fees and donations from supporters.

One Dog Arizona
2915 W Ray Rd Chandler, Arizona
Call (480) 430-7076

Ghost Town Dog Rescue
3640 E Main St (just east of Val Vista)

Underdog Rescue of Arizona, LLC
P.O. Box 13392 Chandler, Az 85248 (480) 553-9311

Valley Dogs Rescue
Phone number (voicemail): (480) 898 – 3647
Dog information:
General information:
Mail Address: Valley Dogs P.O. Box 364 Gilbert, AZ 85299

Friends for Life Animal Rescue
952 W. Melody Ave. Gilbert, AZ 85233 Office
Phone: 480-497-8296
General Email:

Desert Paws Rescue
1265 S Aaron, Mesa, AZ 85209
Phone: (480) 380-5214 Queen Creek, AZ 85142l

Pinal County Animal Care & Control
1150 S Eleven Mile Corner Rd Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Phone: 520-509-3555 Toll Free: 1-888-431-1311 

Paws and Claws Care Center
725 E. Baseline Rd. Apache Junction, AZ 85119
Phone: (480) 983-4405
Emergency: (480) 982-8260 (after hours)
Office and Viewing Hours Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Also . . .
PetSmart, Petco and The Pet Club partners with local shelters and rescue groups to hold adoption events at their stores. Call your local store for upcoming dates and times