Why consolidate shelter services now?

Animal intake in Maricopa County has declined 13% every year for the last five years, creating the possibility for a different approach to animal welfare that emphasizes service and prevention, not just sheltering. A center designed with residents and their pets in mind will: increase the quality of care we provide; reduce the length of stay for animals; improve the experience for customers who want to adopt; provide more resources to reunite people with their pets; and, address the challenges that lead people to give up their pets in the first place.

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1. How can Maricopa County best care for homeless, abandoned, or lost animals?
2. Why consolidate shelter services now?
3. What specific services will be offered at a renovated central location?
4. How much will the new, expanded central shelter cost?
5. How will a consolidated shelter impact the mission of trying to save animal lives?
6. Is it possible for a single shelter to effectively serve a county of more than four million people?
7. How will the county continue to serve the needs of animals in the East Valley?
8. How will staff and volunteers be impacted by the change?