Despite the warnings and helpful tips to the public, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is still overflowing with pets -- even more than last year.
MCACC officials say from July 4th to July 6th, 376 stray animals were taken in by the shelter -- 97 more animals than the same time period in 2015.
A majority of those animals are dogs, most likely spooked by July 4th fireworks. The holiday marks their busiest time of year for intakes.
To help people looking for their lost pets, MCACC is waiving daily boarding fees through July 10. As a reminder, owners may only have a matter of days to claim their pet before they are put up for adoption or euthanized.
If you're not looking for a missing pet, but interested in adopting or fostering one, MCACC is making that process easier as well.
The Foster Fast-Track program helps Maricopa County residents take in a dog or cat, generally for a time period of less than a couple weeks, until they get adopted or kennels get less crowded. Mandatory orientation meetings will be held on Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 at 3 p.m. at both shelter locations.
Adoptable dogs and puppies remain available at low adoption fees of $20 through July 10. Kittens (under six months old) are $20, and cats above that age are free to adopt. Adoption prices include spay/neuter surgery, a microchip and if applicable, vaccines and county licenses.
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- East Valley Animal Care Center, 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, 85201; 602-506-7387; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
- West Valley Animal Care Center, 2500 S. 27th Avenue, Phoenix, 85009; 602-506-7387; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday