Arizona ranks as one of the top states for adopting a dog.

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Arizona is a leading state in the nation for adopting dogs into your home. With a variety of shelters available, you have a high likelihood of finding the ideal furry companion to welcome into your family. temporarily shifted focus from reporting on Arizona sports betting to analyze the number of dog rescue groups and adoption agencies in each state using data from We then evaluated and ranked each state based on the concentration of rescue organizations per square mile.

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States with the highest number of dog rescues per square mile

RankState# Dog Rescue GroupsRescues per Sq. Mile
1Rhode Island920.059551165
3New Jersey3480.039896453
7New Hampshire1090.011658801
11North Carolina4580.00850998
16New York4050.007423704
17South Carolina2340.007307821
23West Virginia1120.004622361

There are many places in Arizona where you can find a new dog.

Arizona is the 25th ranked state in the country for dog rescue groups per square mile, with a total of 420. What sets Arizona apart from other states is its unique population distribution, with 65 percent of residents living in Maricopa County, which includes the Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler metro area. Despite being the sixth-largest state in terms of area, Arizona’s population is concentrated in this region.

Best Things Arizona compiled a list of the best seven dog adoption centers in the state, with the majority of them situated in one metropolitan area. However, there are still plenty of excellent options for adoption all over Arizona.

The adoption fees for dogs vary based on their location, size, and age. For instance, HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix has adoption fees that range from $0 to $605, the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA in Phoenix charges up to $300, and Chandler’s Underdog Rescue of Arizona lists fees of up to $200.

Home Fur Good in Phoenix was recently named one of Yelp’s top 15 places in the country to adopt a dog. It’s unfortunate that Arizona doesn’t have a comparable standout choice for betting apps.

It is recommended to compare prices at different locations as costs can vary. Some shelters provide discounts for military veterans and have special programs for seniors adopting older dogs. Most shelters are not government funded and depend on revenue from sales and donations.

According to, Arizona is working towards becoming a no-kill shelter state by 2025. The website’s information reveals that 91,531 dogs and cats have been saved, resulting in an 85.9% save rate, with only 6,441 animals euthanized.

When adopting a pet in Arizona, it is necessary to bring all household members to the shelter to meet the potential pet. A counselor will help with training and provide care tips. Make sure your living situation permits pets, as Arizona requires dog licensing to prevent rabies. Check with your local government for additional regulations.


Roberts Usher

With 30 years of experience, seasoned sports journalist Roberts Usher has contributed to prestigious publications including the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News, and Newsday in Texas, Arkansas, and New York. Additionally, he held the position of head of the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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