Maricopa County Animal Care and Control wants to be clear -- the shelter is advocating a no-kill community and that is not the same as a no-kill shelter.
Director Mary Martin said rumblings about obtaining a no-kill shelter status are incorrect. Because the shelter accepts every pet, there will be some, Martin said, that cannot be saved.
"We know there will always be some that we are not able to help for all kinds of reasons whether it's advanced illness, sometimes advanced age, sometimes serious, serious behavior issues," Martin said.
A number of adoption advocates are meeting Wednesday night to discuss ways to improve pet placement, including correcting bad behaviors in pets to keep them in good homes or make them more adoptable.
The community action team includes Arizona Animal Rescue Mission, Citizens Animal Welfare Society, Lost Dogs Arizona, No Kill Maricopa County, PACC911, One Love Pit Bull Foundation and Phoenix Animal Care Coalition.
Agenda items include improving customer service, increasing the return-to-owner rate, improving care for shelter animals, recruiting and retaining volunteers, and increasing foster opportunities or transfers to other animal welfare groups.
The shelter will be identifying more ways it can help pet owners in need.
"People, by the time they get to our doors, have given up and very frequently they just need a very small investment, of sometimes time or money, to be able to keep that animal," Martin said. "There are people in the community who are willing to provide those funds."
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