Phoenix animal shelters running low on space

Maricopa Animal Care and Control extending $20 dog adoption fee thru the end of October.

PHOENIX - Animal shelters in Phoenix and Mesa need your help.

Melissa Gable with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said the organization opened its Phoenix shelter Wednesday with more than 500 animals and no empty kennels.

“They’re doubled up. Our smaller dogs are quadrupled up to try to make space,” Gable said.

She says animals are staying longer, fewer are getting euthanized, and not as many are getting adopted.

For this reason, MCACC has extended its $20 dog adoption special through Oct. 31.

Even if you don’t have enough space to adopt another pet, “something as simple as making sure your dog is licensed can make a big difference,” Gable said. “Most of the animals that come to us have no form of identification.”

Another issue in the county is feral cats, living on the street and not getting treated or fed in homes or at the shelter.

Two organizations working to help curb that situation are the Animal Defense League of Arizona and Trap Neuter Return.

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