How can Maricopa County best care for homeless, abandoned, or lost animals?

It is the mission of this Board and the experienced professionals at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to not only save the lives of more animals at our shelters, but also to ensure their well-being while they are there.  The current east shelter falls short of our (and your) high standards for animal care, and does not meet ASPCA standards.  Our money and resources have limits.  Current plans call for the eventual closing of the East Shelter and construction of a state-of-the-art, centralized shelter at the current 27th Avenue and Durango location, which is the county-owned site best suited for expansion.  This should be seen as an advancement, not a reversal, of the progress we have made over the past several years in prioritizing animal welfare.  Additional investments or changes may be needed down the road, and those will be considered when appropriate.

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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?