Animal Care and Control

The City’s 12,500 square-foot Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center has greatly increased the City’s ability to provide the highest standard of care to the community’s stray and abandoned animals. The facility includes 55 dog and 32 cat kennels, is climate controlled for the animals’ comfort, and features commercial cleaning equipment for sanitation.

The center was made possible partly through a $1 million bequest from the estate of Nancy J. Brua, a former Army nurse who was stationed at Fort Huachuca early in her career—a career that included 13 months as a front-line surgical nurse in Vietnam.

Pet Adoptions and Licenses

Please consider adoption and make the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center your first stop.  There are always dogs and cats waiting for a new home, and sometimes even rabbits, pigs, gerbils, birds and snakes.  Every one of them deserves a loving, lifetime home. Adoption fees include sterilization, the first set of vaccinations, a complete physical exam, City pet license, and a microchip implant.

Adoption fee schedule

  • Cat and ferret adoptions $50 (cat adoptions are just $25 for the month of November, 2018)
  • Dog adoptions $75
  • Other small animals $5

Click here to view pets online, or come by for a visit!

Arizona state law and city code require that all dogs maintained within city limits be licensed annually. Proof of rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license. If your dog is spayed or neutered, proof of sterilization is also required.

Licenses are issued based on your dog’s rabies vaccination status and can be issued for up to a maximum of three years. A reduced license fee is applied when you renew your dog’s license for multiple years.

Annual Dog Licensing Fees:

  • Intact $20 per dog
  • Spayed/Neutered $5 per dog

* There is a $2.00 discount per animal for pet owners 62 years of age or older.


Lost, Stray, Unwanted, or Problem Animals

Lost Pets

Our primary goal is to reunite the pet with its owner. The best way to do this is to ensure that your pet has some type of identification, such as dog license, ID tag, tattoo or microchip. If your pet is missing, contact local animal control agencies, the media, your veterinarian, and your neighbors.

When a pet is brought to the shelter, we make every possible effort to notify the owner as quickly as possible.   Animals wearing identification are held for at least seven days in the hopes they can be reunited with their owner.  There are minimal fees incurred when an animal is redeemed from the shelter.

If you have lost your pet, call or come by.

Unwanted Pets

The Sierra Vista Animal Shelter is obligated to accept all unwanted pets from within the City limits. Pets can be brought to our facility during normal business hours. We will accept the animal at no charge. Please bring vaccination history, photo identification, and proof of residency.

The Sierra Vista Animal Shelter accepts all unwanted pets from Fort Huachuca residents for a fee of $75.00 per animal.  Pets can be brought to our facility during normal business hours, along with the vaccination history, photo identification, and proof of residency.

Relinquishing your pet to an animal shelter should be your last resort. Remember, owning a pet should be a life-long commitment and we are happy to provide you with tips and assistance to help you keep your pet.

Problem Animals

If you have a problem involving animals, please contact our office to express your concerns. Our staff will work with you to resolve any situation or issues that concern you.

Some of the issues we routinely handle are barking and nuisance dogs, dogs running at large, and deceased and stray animals for pick up.

Read the Sierra Vista City Code on animals.

If you have a problem after normal business hours, call the Sierra Vista Police Department at 458-3311.

Euthanizing your Pet

If the time comes for your pet to be euthanized, the Animal Care Center can help. Click here for an Owner Request Euthanasia form.

Want to help?

Click here to learn about volunteer opportunities at the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center and how to support the shelter with recyclable cans or donations.

You can also purchase an Arizona Pet Friendly license plate. The statewide program reallocated $17 of the $25 purchase to a spay and neuter program, providing no-cost or low-cost sterilization surgery for dogs and cats.
AZ Pet Plates

Donations can also be made during tax season, right on your Arizona tax form 140. Just enter the amount you’d like to contribute on line 73. Your donation will automatically be deducted from your refund or added to the balance of any taxes you owe. Find out more here.
Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center
6799 E Highway 90
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(520) 458-4151

Open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday, Monday, and holidays.