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How we are Funded
MCACC is a part of Maricopa County but we receive minimal funding from the County. We are responsible for obtaining the majority of our own funds. MCACC raises the money we need to shelter and save the lives of thousands of animals in several ways – donations, dog licenses, service contracts and certain fees.
Donations – Generous donations allow MCACC to continuously improve our animal welfare programs. Donations have funded the construction of two spay/neuter clinics and an adoption center, a mobile adoption vehicle and our foster care program for injured and orphaned animals. Whether it’s one dollar, a toy, a bag of food, or a major gift, donations go a long way.
Dog Licenses – Dog licenses and vaccinations ensure the safety and welfare of pets. License fees are used to help pay for the care of animals that come into our Centers. For information on how to license your dog, see Licensing.
Service Contracts – MCACC contracts with 14 cities and towns in Maricopa County to provide field services. The services include picking up injured and lost dogs, handling dangerous animals and ensuring the overall safety of people and animals in the community. Revenue from these contracts fund the services provided to each city and town. Extra field services such as animal rescue and cruelty investigations are partially funded by donations. For more information, see Field Services.
Fees – The costs needed to operate our Animal Care Centers comes from certain service fees. Kennel and adoption fees make up most of this revenue. For more information, see Services and Fees.