Once again, the shelters at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control are overcrowded with cats and dogs who need new homes.
On Tuesday, the shelter received 155 new animals, 50 more than its average daily intake for September, causing the number of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies to spike to more than 500 that now are available for adoption, including four pit bull mix puppies (one female, three males) thrown out of a tow truck in the 5200 block of West McDowell Road in Phoenix on Sept. 1, the shelter announced on Wednesday.
The influx of animals triggered Animal Care and Control to launch its inaugural “Massive Paws” program this Wednesday, a special adoption event that will run through Sunday, Sept. 9.
All adoptable dogs and puppies are $17, with cats and kittens free. The adoption price will include spaying or neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, and dog licenses for dogs 3 months or older. Microchips, heartworm tests, and FELV tests are also available at time of adoption for an additional fee.
“We’re way overcrowded,” said Audie Greybear, a Maricopa County Animal Care and Control spokesman. “This made us decide to start the program to see if we could find good homes for these animals.”
The county shelter is receiving more than 100 animals a day, a large increase over the average of 90 to 100 animals it usually sees, Greybear said.
The spike in animal intake could be because pets usually are spooked by fireworks around July 4 and also by the thunderstorms brought on by the monsoon — and they run off, according to Greybear.
At least one county official suggested that now would be the time to adopt an animal that has had all of its medical and behavioral checkups.
“Now that kids have returned to school wouldn’t it be nice to bring someone special into your home?” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Max Wilson said in a statement issued by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Adoptable pets are available seven days a week at two adoption centers — “Under One Woof” located inside the Metrocenter Mall in north central Phoenix, or at the MCACC’s Petsmart Charities Adoption Center located inside the Scottsdale PetSmart, 4380 North Miller Road.
The center’s two full-service shelters are open six days a week. The West Valley shelter is located at 2500 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix. The East Valley shelter is located at 2630 W. 8th St., Mesa.
For more information, call (602) 506–7387 or visit www.pets.maricopa.gov. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control also is on Twitter (@MCACCaz1 and @NoLostPetsMC) and has a Facebook page.
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