Avoiding Impound Fees


Recently I spoke about the importance of identification tags and microchips for your pets. Aside from being able to reconnect with your lost pet because of ID tags, it may also save you money if your pet ever ends up at a shelter. Here in Payson, if an animal is brought in on an impound, there are fees you are required to pay before your companion animal can be returned to you.

Animal control officers, police officers and sheriff’s officers can all bring in an animal to HSCAZ and have it placed on an impound. The fees required will vary depending on the jurisdiction in which the animal was picked up and whether it was brought in by county or town officers. Fees will include the initial impound fee, license fee, rabies deposit fee and boarding, depending on how long the animal stays.

Town and county licenses are required by state and county law, as well as town ordinances. In order to obtain a town or county license, you must have proof of a current rabies vaccination. If you live in the Town of Payson, you can obtain a license by going to Town Hall located at 303 N. Beeline Highway. License fees are $7 if spayed/neutered or $20 if unaltered.

If you live in Gila County, you can obtain a license by going to the Health Department located at 107 W. Frontier St., Suite A. License fees are $7 if spayed/neutered or $15 if unaltered.

If you live in the Town of Star Valley, you can obtain a license by going to Town Hall located at 3675 E Highway 260 in Star Valley. License fees are $5 if spayed/neutered and $7 if unaltered.

Licenses are good for one year or until the rabies certificate expires (look at your license).

Proof of current rabies vaccination is important for a few reasons. Like stated above, you must have it in order to obtain a license. Also, if your pet was to ever bite someone, they could be quarantined at home, rather than being quarantined for 10 days at a shelter. Rabies vaccines must be given by a licensed vet. Even if you are able to purchase a rabies vaccine over the counter and administer it yourself, it will not be accepted as proper proof of a current rabies vaccination.

Not only will proper identification save you money if your animal is impounded, get him/her back home faster, but there are also laws about rabies vaccinations and licensing. Please make sure you take the proper steps to keep your pets current on vaccines, licensing and current ID tags.

Now it’s time to meet some of the many wonderful animals currently available for adoption from the Humane Society of Central Arizona. All pets have been spayed or neutered, are current on their vaccinations and will be microchipped. To learn more, visit the shelter on McLane Road just south of Main Street (enter at the dirt driveway between the dip and Kyle’s Auto), open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call us at (928) 474-5590 or visit us online at humanesocietycentralaz.org.


Chewey is a 10-month-old Border Collie/Terrier mix. He was brought to HSCAZ as a stray. He is very friendly and outgoing. Chewey loves to play and will need an active home that will give him plenty of exercise and attention. He gets along with most other dogs and loves people.


Floyd is a 2-year-old American Bulldog mix. He was brought in with his buddy, Mojo, who is also available for adoption. Floyd is a sweet boy who loves people. He gets along with other dogs and children. Floyd loves to play out in the yard and enjoys napping in the warm sun.


Deena is a 6-month-old who came to us as a tiny, 6-week-old kitten. She has surprisingly been here for a few months and we don’t understand why. Deena is one of the sweetest cats ever! She is super affectionate and will crawl into your lap for attention. Deena loves other cats, children and is even OK with dogs.


Jake is a 2-year-old Aussie/Rottie mix. He is an amazing dog! Super sweet, easygoing and loves people. He has lived with kids and other dogs all his life. Jake will make a great companion for a loving, active family who wants a dog to join in on all their family fun.


Kermit is a 4-month-old kitten. He can be a little shy with people, but he warms up quickly. He loves other cats and would do best in a home where he has a feline companion. Kermit is a sweet boy who is easygoing, but he still loves to play with kitty toys like fake mice.


Mesmerize is a gorgeous, blue-eyed beauty. She gets along fine with the other cats, but does not like dogs at all. She is easygoing, affectionate and keeps a clean and tidy area. Mesmerize has a cute, heart-shaped patch of coloring on her coat that matches her charming personality and stunning eyes.


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