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East Valley animal shelter desperately needs pet food; community coming through

by Catherine Holland

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 2:47 PM

Map: MCACC East Valley shelter
2630 W. 8th St., Mesa

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MESA, Ariz. -- The community is stepping up to help the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control's East Valley shelter in its time of desperate need.

On Saturday, the shelter reportedly was down to just two bags of dog food and they were completely out of cat food. Staff had resorted to feeding the cats dry dog food.

Since then, the community has come through, including one man who generously donated 600 pounds of dog and cat food.

The need, however, is far from over, especially because MCACC has taken in more pets. The more animals they have, the more food they need.

The shelter houses at least 400 animals, and all of the food they eat is donated.

MCACC staff estimate that their current food supply will get them through the coming month.

"Animals owners, pet lovers, they were able to come by and drop off a huge amount of donations for us, and we greatly appreciate that," said MCCAC spokesman Audie Greybear. "But again, we're still looking for more dog food, still looking for more cat litter, and we're still looking for more puppy food."

The shelter will happily accept whatever you care to provide -- dog or cat food, puppy or kitten food, wet or dry.

"The animals have no choice and I know they don't get a lot of donations here, probably," said Kathy Koffman, who dropped off some much-needed dog food Tuesday morning after seeing Javier Soto's first report. "I just think it's important to help and share when you have extra."

If you can't drop off a donation in person, you can make a tax-deductible monetary donation online.

The MCACC Easy Valley Shelter is located at 2630 W. Eighth St. (northeast of Rio Salado Parkway and South Price Road intersection) in Mesa. For more information, call 602-506-PETS (7387) or visit Maricopa.gov/Pets.

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