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Animal Shelter is full

April 14, 2010

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Dogs and cats are everywhere. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) is seeing something it rarely sees this time of year, a full shelter, especially at the west valley shelter. Right now, the adoption area has more than 150 dogs in 78 kennels. Some kennels have four dogs in them.  There are also cats everywhere. So many animals in small spaces can lead to illness and stress. MCACC is doing everything possible to save more lives.  The live release rate is over 60% and we need to maintain that!  Maricopa County is at a critical crossroads in relation to eliminating the senseless euthanasia of adoptable pets. 

In order to move forward, we need the community to step up and help us by adopting pets from our shelters.  We cannot do it alone.  We have many adorable, healthy pets in our shelters. Some have been here for weeks.  Our adoption fees range from $50 to $150. The price includes spay/neuter surgery and a rabies vaccination (if they are old enough) and a dog license for dogs over three months of age.

Don Stapley, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors encourages individuals and families to adopt an animal this week.  “We ask all residents of Maricopa County to consider a shelter pet as the next addition to their household,” he said. “Get out there and save a life.”

Dogs and cats have so much love to offer. They make great companions. They love to play and are ready with a snuggle any time. So hurry in today and add a new member to your household. For more information on MCACC, visit or call 602-506-7387.