County shelters postponing euthanizations after community push, ask for more to adopt or rescue

Posted at 9:23 AM, Sep 09, 2016

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control listened to the community in terms of postponing euthanizations, but the shelter needs your help to make it work.

According to MCACC, on September 1, staff was instructed to not put animals on the euthanasia list until at least 24 hours after the mandatory stray holding period.

The change was due to a large number of requests to house animals for longer periods in order to get them adopted or placed in rescues.

In doing so, MCACC is reporting that they are at critical capacity levels -- more than 550 animals are at just one of their locations right now.

"We need the same community to step up and help adopt or rescue these pets. It's easy to sit back and criticize, but what we need is for these folks to now take action and support the shelter," MCACC said in a media release.

To make it a little easier for the community to adopt from their shelters, MCACC is offering $20 adoption fees for any dog at both Phoenix and Mesa locations. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, county licensing and rabies vaccines.

See adoptable pets and locations here.