If you've ever thought about adopting a new four-legged friend, now's the time.
The two Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) shelters are packed to a critical capacity, with 1,000 animals being housed at the two locations.
"As of this morning when we checked the numbers, we had a thousand animals between our two shelters," said Jose Santiago with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Right now we are as spread thin as we can be."
Staffers say packed conditions like this can lead to disease and aggression among the animals, which makes them unadoptable.
The animals started coming in following the July 4 holiday and didn’t stop because of the monsoon storms. The shelters are being forced to house some animals off-site in order to make room for all the animals coming into the shelter.
If you can't adopt, you can still help. The shelters are in desperate need of supplies.
"We're running out of supplies such as food, toys. We're running out of newspapers, puppy pads, things that line the kennels," said Santiago.
You can bring donations directly to the west shelter at 27th Avenue and Durango.
Folks can also make monetary donations on our website at pets.maricopa.gov.
Thanks to a grant, MCACC is offering a FREE adoption event for adult animals on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Adults dogs and cats, 7 months old and older, will be free on Saturday. On that day, adopters will get a license, vaccines, alteration surgery and microchip for absolutely FREE for these adult animals.
Staffers are extending the hours of BOTH shelter locations on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to try and save the lives of as many animals as possible. Puppies and kittens will not be included in the free special.
"Adoption is not only saving the life of the animal that's currently in the shelter, it's providing space for that animal that's still on the street that needs shelter."
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For more information on MCACC, go to their website or call 602-506-2759.
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