High-Intake Arizona Animal Shelter Seriously Over-Crowded

A busy, open-intake animal shelter in Arizona, is seriously over-crowded. According 12 News, the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility is bursting at the seams with hundreds of homeless cats and dogs currently being cared for at the shelter.

Despite lowered adoption fees and social media marketing of homeless pets, the number of intakes continues to greatly outpace the number of adoptions.  MCACC spokesperson Melisa Gable told 12 News, “At this point, we don’t know what else to do. We’re just begging people to come in and help.”

The county does its utmost to keep the homeless pets for as long as possible – the shelter staff does its utmost to adopt out all of the healthy animals, but space constraints can, and do, come into play. Gable told 12 News, “Nobody wants to euthanize a dog that has done nothing wrong and doesn’t deserve to be here. It’s irresponsible pet owners.” She added, “We get to the point where we’re at right now, where we’re crowded and don’t have enough room, and we have to make some really tough decisions.”

The animal control agency continues to promote homeless pets for adoption to Facebook followers – homeless pets are frequently featured (as are heartwarming updates about pets who have been adopted!), and this month, an adoption special is also available to help encourage adoptions. MCACC reminded area residents:

Don’t forget that during December, all dogs any age can go home to forever for just $20.

If you live in the Maricopa County area, and are considering a new companion, please remember to adopt – please visit the shelter to see if one of the dozens of homeless pets might be the perfect fit for your household.

Find the website for MCACC here.

MCACC operates two full service animal care centers and one off‑site pet adoption center. The full service animal care centers in Mesa and Phoenix provide shelter for lost and stray animals, adoption services, pet surrender, dog licensing, rabies vaccinations, and microchips.

(Photos via MCACC Facebook page)

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.