"Our goal has and will always be the care and comfort of our animals within our facility," says Maricopa County Animal Care and Control Executive Director Mary Martin. "The current East shelter simply does not meet industry standards. A new facility will help keep animals there comfortable, healthy and adoptable and give ample coverage to that community as well."
Maricopa County is also considering improvements to the centrally-located shelter near I-17 and Durango.
"Maricopa County's East Valley campus offers an ideal location because there's no land cost and the infrastructure is already there," said Deputy County Manager Reid Spaulding. "That means a greater percentage of our money can go toward our primary mission of caring for animals and finding more of them permanent homes."
A timeline for the projects has not been determined.