Crowded Maricopa County animal shelter offering adoption deals after busy July 4th holiday

Posted at 10:32 AM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 10:08:11-04

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.

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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.

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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