Phoenix-area shelters overflowing with animals

Posted at 1:14 PM, May 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-28 10:12:05-04

If you're looking to rescue a new best friend or looking for your missing furbaby, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says now is the time to take action.

In the last five days alone, MCACC shelters have received 580 stray and unwanted pets.

The shelters are currently taking care of more than 800 animals in Mesa and Phoenix and the busiest time of year, around July 4th, is still ahead. 

MCACC is working to continue lowering euthanasia rates, but overcrowded kennels can make such a goal difficult. 

If you're looking to adopt, you can browse all adoptable pets online.

If you're searching for a lost dog or cat, click here for helpful tips. Additionally, MCACC suggests using the "SAVE" method.

"SAVE" stands for:

  • Search for your lost pet at both Maricopa County shelters.
  • Adopt or foster an animal currently at the shelter to free up space in the shelter for other homeless or lost animals.
  • Verify that your pet is microchipped, has a collar and a current identification at all time so they can be returned to you in the event they get lost.
  • Educate others about the importance of pet identification, pet homelessness and how they can help too.