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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control: Working Together, Saving Lives

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control knows the lives of our four-legged friends are precious, so they’re working harder than ever to give them a second chance.

For the past eight months, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has consistently placed more than 90 percent of the animals that come through their shelters' doors in better situations.

The work to accomplish that has been happening since 2014 when, at the direction of the Board of Supervisors, a task force was formed to review the service level of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC). While MCACC immediately met many of the task force recommendations, we are now seeing the most important results – hundreds more animals are bAnimal Care and Control graphiceing saved each month.

After receiving feedback from the task force and community, our shelter has invested more resources in rehabilitating shy, or scared dogs; increased playtime for pets; increased the number of adoption events; and expanded partnerships with organizations that provide food, equipment, shelter or adopt animals. As a result, we are saving more of the dogs and cats that come in, giving them a second chance at life and a shot at a forever home.

“As a board we knew improvements needed to be made at our shelter,” said Chairman Denny Barney, District 1. “Forming the task force was the first step. We are now saving more than 90 percent of the animals that come in. We are definitely moving in the right direction thanks to our community partners and individuals who have attended the adoption events and helped saved lives.”

“People have been working their tails off,” said Mary Martin, Director of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. “Volunteers are amazing. It’s spectacular what they do for this organization, and it’s because of them and because of our more than 100 partners, both new and old, that we've been able to save more lives.”

View the task force's final report.

Watch this video on MCACC: Working Together, Saving Lives

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