How can I order a pet-friendly plate?
This license plate is available through the Motor Vehicle Division
of the Arizona Department of Transportation. The easiest way to order
the plate is on line at www.servicearizona.com ,
and click on personalized / specialized plate, or call the MVD
office nearest you. To locate an office or for information, call:
- Phoenix area – (602) 255-0072
- Tucson area – (520) 629-9808
- Elsewhere in AZ – (800) 251-5866
How much does the pet-friendly license plate cost?
The annual fee is $25, and the renewal fee each year is $25.00.
What does the fee pay for?
Of the $25, $17 is transferred to a “spay/neuter fund” that
funds surgical sterilization of dogs and cats throughout Arizona. The
remaining $8 is collected by ADOT for administrative purposes. Then
each year thereafter, when you renew the plate for $25.00, an additional
$17.00 is deposited in the the spay neuter fund.
if I want my plate personalized?
The pet-friendly plate is a "specialized" plate. Letter /
number characters will be assigned randomly unless you indicate you
wish to also have a" personalized" plate. Personalized plates cost
an additional $25.00 per year. You are limited to a maximum of five
characters to personalize a pet-friendly plate. Note: No portion
of the fee for personalization will be allocated to the spay neuter
oversees the spay/neuter fund?
The governor-appointed Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Committee
oversees the fund.
Rodrigo Silva, MVZ, MPH; Director – Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
Guy Collison – AHS Executive Director
Amy Eades, President/CEO – Humane Society of Southern Arizona
Victoria Cowper, Executive Director – Western Arizona Humane Society (Lake Havasu City)
Emily Kane, Executive Director – Arizona Veterinary Medicine Association
Teri White, Volunteer
Tammie Pineda - Sierra Vista Animal Control
How are the funds allocated and who can receive them?
Funds will be allocated as grants to qualified agencies that apply.
Under state law, a qualified applicant must be a municipal animal-control
agency or a non-profit 501-c-3 agency (such as a humane society or
other animal-welfare shelter) that provides spay or neuter services
for dogs and cats in Arizona.
The date when the application becomes available may change from year to year. All those who have applied for funding will receive notice of the grant process being open for applications.
When will distribution of the funds begin?
Applications are due by August 31, 2012. Awards will be announced and distributed before the end of the year. The proceeds from the Pet Friendly License Plate sales accumulated from 7/1/11 to 6/30/12 will fund spay/neuter efforts throughout the state.
FYI: The date when the application becomes available may change from year to year. All those who have applied for funding will receive notice of the grant process being open for applications.
Why do we need to spay and neuter dogs and cats in Arizona?
Sadly, Arizona has one of the most serious pet-overpopulation problems
in the United States, with tens of thousands of homeless and unwanted
animals. Arizona’s problem is serious for many reasons, but two
primary reasons stand out:
- Mild climate: Warm temperatures prompt dogs and cats to breed
instinctively. Throughout much of our state, the weather is conducive
to year-round breeding of dogs and cats.
- Population dynamics: Arizona’s population is large and mobile.
More and more people equate to more and more pets … but as
people move around, pets are frequently left behind.
What is the effect of spaying or neutering a dog or cat and
why is it so important?
Spaying and neutering dogs and cats -- surgically sterilizing
them so they cannot reproduce -- is one of the key ways to reduce
the number of unwanted and homeless puppies and kittens that are
born – and thereby reduce pet overpopulation. Simply put, there
are not enough loving homes for all the dogs and cats that are
born every day, every month, every year!
More than 150,000 unwanted, abused, sick, injured and stray
dogs and cats end up in shelters and animal-control agencies in our
state annually. Fewer than 50 percent are placed with new families.
Many of these companion animals suffer from health or temperament/behavioral
problems which render them “un-adoptable.” Thousands more
pets are humanely euthanized simply because the shelters run out of
space as they wait for adoption. Countless other dogs and cats roam
the streets of our communities as strays – and most strays suffer
and die needlessly from hunger, dehydration, exposure and disease or
as the result of an accident, injury or abuse. No one is certain how
many “stray” dogs and cats live in Arizona, but the number
is surely in the tens of thousands.
Who designed the artwork for the pet-friendly license plate?
The artwork was created for free by renowned animal artist Ron Burns.
Ron, a Scottsdale resident, is well known for using his amazing talent
to support a variety of animal-related causes; and, he is the artist
in residence for the Humane Society of the United States. To learn
more about Ron Burns, visit www.ronburns.com.
In addition to buying a pet-friendly license plate, are there
other ways to help animals in need?
YES! When you are ready for the many responsibilities of having a
pet, adopt one from a shelter; become a shelter volunteer; and/or make
a donation to a shelter in your community. If you already have a dog
or cat, be sure he or she is spayed or neutered so he or she is not
part of the pet overpopulation problem. And, make a lifetime commitment
to your dog or cat – that means keeping him or her for the duration
of his or her natural life. Pets rely on their human companions for
long and happy lives.
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