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Maricopa County launches pet adoption special to ease overcrowding in shelter

by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on June 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 18 at 4:43 PM

PHOENIX -- Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says its shelters are overrun with cats and dogs -- more than 1,000 animals.

"Adoptable dogs and cats are stacked two-plus deep in every available space," said Aprille Hollis in a news release. Some of those animals have been at the shelter for several weeks.

MCACC says it finds homes for more than 60 percent of the adoptable animals that come through its doors. The organization desperately wants to maintain that and avoid euthanizing healthy, adoptable pets.

In order to help ease the overcrowding, MCACC is launching an adoption special. Normal adoption fees range from $50 to $150, depending on the animal, but MCACC is slashing that starting tomorrow.

This weekend through next weekend, the adoption fee for cats older than 6 months will be $10; kittens will be $20. Dogs older than 6 months will be $35; puppies will be $50.

That special adoption fee, available June 19-27, covers spay or neuter surgery and a rabies vaccination for pets older than 3 months.

“We ask all residents of Maricopa County to consider a shelter pet as the next addition to their household,” said Don Stapley, chairman of the Maricopa County board of Supervisors. “Get out there and save a life.”

"Dogs and cats have so much love to offer," Hollis said. "They make great companions. They love to play and are ready with a snuggle any time."

MCACC is one of the biggest animal shelters in the country, taking in more than 55,000 dogs and cats each year -- 100 to 200 per day.

There are two MCACC shelters: 2500 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix, and 2630 W. Eighth St., Mesa.

For more information on MCACC, visit Pets.Maricopa.gov or call 602-506-7387.

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