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MCACC Makes Way for Pets


By Gerry Hamberg

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control assists the community to put dogs and cats into caring homes.  MCACC devotes themselves to adoption with micro- chipping, animal control, vaccination and raising awareness on animal cruelty.

MCACC is the second largest municipal animal shelter in the country (second only to Los Angeles). There are four shelters: one in the West Valley, East Valley, a PetSmart Charities Adoption Center, and their Under One Woof Center. To find a location nearby check out the website http://www.marciopa.gov.

Photo credit to Gerry Hamberg.

West shelter welcomes the community. Photo credit to Gerry Hamberg.

The main cause of the shelters is to give food, water, medical care and attention to more than 46,000 dogs and cats. Their mission is “to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of people and pets in Maricopa County.” This mission includes a vision to diminish dangers and nuisances caused by irresponsible pet ownership and to keep pets from abuse, neglect and homelessness.

To manage the pets, MCACC makes it affordable to treat and to keep dogs and cats healthy. MCACC West Center is exclusively partnered with HALO, an animal rescue, to bring more folks in for adoptions.

Moreover, MCCAC provides pro-active approaches to the community with the innovative program Uno por Uno. This program increases needed spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations as well as increased licensing compliance. Uno por Uno also offers free rabies vaccinations and spray/neuter clinics. Other programs such as Neuter Scooter and the Spray and Neuter Assistance offers low-cost surgeries for low-income families.

Photo credit to Gerry Hamberg.

Walking the dogs for a morning stretch. Photo credit to Gerry Hamberg.

With the increase of pet overpopulation, the demand for volunteers and public aid is necessary for the health of the animals. Statistically, the subtotal of the live release rate is 50,000. Samantha Spinelli, the Community Outreach Supervisor, says “it’s my goal to close down these doors,” and diminish the startlingly number of animals without homes.

Upcoming events include Uno por Uno who will be hosting a reduced-price vaccination clinic on June 19th. MCACC services the communities multiple number of ways and always bringing a brighter future for animals and their owners.

Reach the reporter at gerlyham@gmail.com or via Twitter @gerlyham


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