Assisting free-roaming and unwanted animals, and providing you resources to help the animals in your families and communities

ALF Recommends

ALF Recommends

Spay & Neuter

Why should you spay or neuter your pet? Besides preventing unwanted births which contribute to our huge overpopulation problem, resulting in the euthanasia of 60,000 pets every year in Maricopa County, spaying or neutering also prevents cancer and a variety of other health concerns.

Neutering male cats and dogs completely eliminates the risk of testicular cancer, and greatly reduces the risk of perianal and prostate cancers.

Spaying female cats and dogs eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.

Spaying can also prevent mammary gland tumors, the most common tumor in unspayed female dogs and the third most common tumor in cats. They are more common in dogs than in humans. A high percentage of mammary tumors are cancerous: in dogs, nearly 50%; in cats, nearly 90%. Once a cancerous mammary tumor spreads to the bones or lungs, the cancer will be fatal.

The risk of cancer in animals with Cryptorchidism (undescended testicles) is quite high. Risk of testicular cancer increases tenfold, and tumors occur in about 50% of dogs with this condition. Additional risks include hernia (protrusion and/or rupture), torsion (cord wraps around the testicle cutting off blood flow, very painful and life-threatening), and infarction (loss of oxygen and blood, resulting in tissue death with risk of gangrene and other infections, life-threatening). The undescended testicle can continue to increase in size, causing an inability to urinate or defecate. Neutering him will remove these risks.

Cancer treatment is very costly and time-consuming, and life expectancy is reduced. Repeated anesthesia for biopsies and other tests adds another level of threat to the health and life of the animal.

Other Health and Safety Hazards
Besides cancer, spaying and neutering reduces many other health and safety hazards. FIV is spread through sex and deep bite wounds which are usually associated with mating or territorial fighting of unsterilized cats. Both cats and dogs are at risk for other sexually-transmitted diseases if left intact.

Yowling and spraying by cats, marking and "humping" by dogs, are behaviors of unsterilized animals. These behaviors often lead to abuse by frustrated owners or neighbors. Spaying and neutering greatly reduces these tendencies.

An unaltered animal is often more aggressive and high-strung, will have wanderlust and increased risk of being lost. Fighting, getting hit by a car, meeting with cruel people, suffering from hunger and exposure, and breeding are just some of the dangers a lost animal faces.

Some people feel that it's somehow diminishing to their manhood to neuter a dog or cat. Yet it's this very thinking that has the country in crisis, where more than 16,000 animals are killed in shelters in this country, every day! It's an uncaring attitude toward a beloved pet and friend, to not want to provide the best health possible for him.

The bottom line is that spaying and neutering saves lives!

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
Please visit our Clinics page for low-cost spay/neuter options.

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Pet Sitters

Pet Pleasers
Serving the East Valley from Tempe to East Mesa/Gilbert. Overnights available. Phone 480-898-8622.
This is one of our favorites, having used their services for years! The animals just love them! And the owners feel 100% confident that the pets are in the best of hands.

Sue's Pet Friends
Serving Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee and Gilbert. Find them on the web at www.suespetfriends.com. Phone 480-628-6958 or email sueserrands@cox.net

Phan (Fawn) Y-Nhi
A personal favorite of a couple of our volunteers. Phone 480-570-9310

Persian Palace Grooming and Boarding
Cat boarding short term $15.00/day, long term - negotiable. Pet sitting - $25.00 a day 2 visits/per day. Servicing Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa area. Other areas negotiable. Phone 480-722-1642

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Pet Travel

Pilots N Paws

Pet Airways

Animal Rescue Flights

Worldwide Travel Resource for Pets

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Emergency and Disaster Planning for Your Pet

Alley Cat Allies: Be Prepared for Disasters (Includes plans for feral cats!)

FEMA: Caring for Animals

HSUS: Disaster Preparedness

ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness

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Lori's Cuts & Cuddles
Mobile Pet Salon. We Bring the Salon to You! Serving the East Valley. 480-255-2104
ALF favorite, having used their services for years!

Happy Tails
Mobile pet grooming serving Maricopa, Chandler, Sun Lakes and Casa Grande. Happy Tails offers professional grooming of your dog or cat including bathing, drying, ear cleaning, nail filing and a myriad of hairstyles. Happy Tails always uses high quality shampoos and products. Phone 520-494-7766 or email maricopahappytails@gmail.com

Persian Palace Grooming and Boarding
Cat grooming $40.00. Phone 480-722-1642

Shelly's Pet Grooming
All breed grooming by caring professionals. Dogs only. Open 7 days a week. 1711 E Guadalupe, Tempe. Phone 480-730-5133

Scrub-A-Dub Doggie
Mobile grooming. Serving the East Valley. 480-380-1079

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Pet Food

Since dogs and cats became domesticated pets, the pet food industry has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. While in the wild, animals have the opportunity to hunt, thereby providing a natural diet of real protein and other nutrients. Feeding a captive animal is much more convenient for the average pet owner when manufactured, pre-packaged meals are available. But are these meals really healthy? Many ingredients found in common pet foods are not only indigestible, but may also be detrimental to your pet's health.

For instance, did you know that corn is quite unhealthy for cats? Yet it's often the first ingredient found when reading a pet food label. That's because it's an inexpensive "food" that can be added as filler, in order to boost profits. Corn can irritate the bowel, spike insulin levels leading to diabetes, and cause allergies. What's more, often the ingredients used in your pet's food are considered unfit for human consumption. Many of the "meat" products found in pet food contain parts of the carcass that animals typically leave behind when eating their prey. Items such as heads, hooves, undeveloped eggs, and intestines, and these processed foods may even contain diseased and cancerous animal parts.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) provides definitions for all ingredients found on a pet food label.

Below are some articles worth looking into, including some of those AAFCO definitions:


Sunflower Pet Supply
Many ALF volunteers feed their pets natural or organic, premium foods from Sunflower Pet Supply. Healthier foods means healthier pets, resulting in fewer trips to the vet. Sunflower is also an ALF supporter, so please mention us when you shop. They are located at 4040 W. Ray Rd. in Chandler, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Sunflower-Pet-Supply-449071108479181, or on the web at Sunflower Pet Supply.

Pet Food Banks
PACC911 Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

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Drs. Andrew Marsh and Amy Jundt
Cobblestone Veterinary Care in Tempe. A full-service practice, personally recommended by ALF. They are our primary rescue vet, and also a primary vet of one of our Founders. Find them on the web at cobblestonevet.com. Phone 480-897-1888

Dr. Karen Lyons
Desert Mobile Veterinary Services. A housecall practice for the East Valley emphasizing holistic care, personally recommended by ALF, and the primary vet of one of our Founders. Phone 480-497-6362

Dr. Jamie Schmidt
LifeCare Animal Hospital in Chandler. A full-service practice, personally recommended by ALF, and the primary vet of one of our Founders. Find them on the web at lifecareah.com. Phone 480-895-7800

Emergency and Specialty Vets
Arizona Veterinary Specialists, in Gilbert.
http://www.azvs.com/ Call 480-635-1110 for appointments, or 480-497-0222 for 24-hr emergencies.

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona (ARECA), in Mesa.
http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/animal-referral-arizona 480-898-0001

Injured Strays
Many emergency animal clinics will allow you to relinquish an injured stray animal. Please call ahead to inquire. Check our emergency clinic listings above.

The Arizona Humane Society offers low-cost services, and also operates a fleet of "ambulances" for pets through their Emergency Animal Medical Techinician (EAMT) service. Phone 602-997-7585 ext. 2073 for emergencies for injured strays, or visit their website at http://azhumane.org/. See the Programs & Resources menu for the EAMT program, or For Pet Owners menu for low-cost services for your owned pets.

Arizona Veterinary Medical Association
For additional veterinary resources, including links for mobile vets, holistic and other specialties, visit http://www.azvma.org/

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There are many reasons to vaccinate your pets against disease. While baby animals receive nutrients and antibodies from their mother's milk, once they are weaned, they'll need protection. Dog parks are easy ways for your pet to pick up diseases from other dogs, and feces left on the ground. Cats who are allowed to roam outdoors may breed or fight with other cats who have the disease, or drink stagnant water which can cause intestinal distress.

It's important to realize that vaccinations do not provide immediate immunity. Vaccinations are given to protect the vaccinated animal, not others they're around. Some vaccinations may provide protection for many years, or may last a lifetime. The decision to continue vaccinations beyond the first year or two of life depends on local laws, and your pet's unsupervised outside activities or exposure to other animals. If your pets are boarded, they'll probably be required to be current on vaccinations. Vaccinations do not come without risk. ALF urges all pet owners to make educated decisions for each pet's needs.

Below are some great resources for obtaining low-cost vaccinations.

Vetco at Petco Stores

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
Please visit our Clinics page for more low-cost vaccination options.

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Saying Goodbye

In-Home Euthanasia
Saying goodbye at home offers your pet a less stressful transition, and can allow you to grieve privately. Check the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association site above to find a veterinarian who provides this service, or see the listing below.

Gentle Journey (Dr. Christina Home Euthanasia)
Choosing in-home euthanasia allows your pet to feel more relaxed and at peace. You will be more comfortable as well. Visit http://www.gentlejourneyaz.com/

Angel Vet At Home Pet Euthanasia
We believe that in home-euthanasia is very important because it provides Pet Euthanasia At homea peaceful passing for them and a less stressful situation for the family as well. Visit http://www.angelvet.com/

Finding a Dead Animal
Many emergency animal clinics will accept a deceased animal without charge. Please call ahead to inquire, or be prepared to pay a fee to surrender the animal. Check our emergency clinic listings above.

If you prefer, you may contact a local agency to pick up the animal's body. Be advised, that sometimes it can take days for them to remove the body, and it may never happen. Contact the city where the deceased animal was found and ask for the phone number of the appropriate agency to handle dead animal pickup.

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Animal Cruelty and Violence

Cruelty to Animals
Animal Cruelty may be reported to Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Or call 911 immediately if you witness an animal being harmed in any way!

Information about animal abuse in Maricopa County can be reported to Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS (480-948-6377).

If you suspect cruelty to an animal, we urge you to report it immediately, and insist on an investigation.

Bringing harm to feral cats, or subjecting any animal to neglect - including feral cats - is considered cruelty under Arizona law.

Az Revised Statute 13-2910 provides the protection, and violators can be found guilty of a Class 6 Felony or a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

This flyer from AzCATs contains information on the penalties, including jail time.

Read ARS 13-2910

In Maricopa County you should contact all of the following:

The Arizona Animal Welfare League Investigation Unit at 602-433-2000

The Sheriff's Animal Crimes Investigations Unit at 602-876-1681

Arizona Humane Society at 602-997-7585

and your city or local Police Department.

Visit The Arizona Humane Society for more information, including phone numbers for specific cities in Maricopa County.

Additional information at http://www.pet-abuse.com/.

For Domestic Violence Concerns Involving Animals
The following resources are available to help with domestic violence:

The Arizona Humane Society Project Safehouse 602-997-7585 x2156

States that Include Pets in Domestic Violence Orders, including links to the legislative Statutes.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) First Strike program 1-888-213-0956

Directory of Safe Havens for Animals Programs

Articles and Agencies for other states

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Good Dog Agility
A dog agility training and show club in the East Valley cities (Chandler, Mesa). www.gooddog.org

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ALF Animal Loving Friends
7650 S McClintock Dr
Suite 103-120
Tempe, AZ 85284

Contact Us

Email: alfrescue@hotmail.com