The Arizona Pet Project

We’ve Been Making History Since 2001!



Founded as “Friends of Animal Care and Control” to raise money to support Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). 


Pivot to Spay & Neuter

Moved from internal shelter focus to external shelter prevention via our spay and neuter assistance program.


Decrease in Euthanasia

Thanks to prevention programs like ours, Euthanasia decreases Valley-wide by 71%.


Focus on Shelter Intervention

Moved to a full-service shelter-prevention model.


Decrease in Shelter Intake

Funded more than 100,000 surgeries, helping to decrease shelter intake from 105,000 to 49,000.


Rebrand: The Arizona Pet Project

Launched new name and logo under “The Arizona Pet Project” to better represent our community, mission, and values.

Took over free spay and neuter, replacing SNAP voucher program with direct funding and management of mobile clinics to provide 4,700 free surgeries in 2017.

Implemented the S.I.T. Stay Shelter Intervention program at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. Provided resources and referrals to over 3,500 families seeking services in the community. We have kept over 700 pets with their families and out of the shelter, saving Maricopa County Animal Care & Control an estimated $700,000.00.


Opened the Community’s First Pet Support Center in South Phoenix

The Arizona Pet Project Resource Center opens and brings together access to all of our resources, including 1:1 counseling with our social workers, spay & neuter, vaccines, emergency veterinary care, temporary boarding, pet deposits, and rent assistance, as well as referrals for agencies to care for their human-related needs.  

Families also have access to information on pet ownership, adoption, how to find lost pets, and supplies like pet food, collars, and leashes! 


Began Statewide Expansion

The Arizona Pet Project expands services to Tucson and is working to serve more people and pets through a planned statewide expansion to address housing insecurity and homelessness. This initial Statewide expansion has been made possible through an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the Governor’s office.

Be Part Of The Long-Term Solution.

Join The Arizona Pet Project in supporting families and saving lives!