Maricopa County scrambles to house more surrendered pets

County information reveals there’s been a 33% enhance in pets being surrendered in 2022 in contrast to the earlier year.

PHOENIX — Maricopa County’s animal shelters have had more animals of their care than they’ve space to accommodate them in current weeks. 

At the beginning of September, 50 momentary kennels had to be used to maintain the pets within the shelter.

One issue shelter employees say is contributing to so many animals of their care is more folks surrendering their pets this year.

“So far this year, we’ve had more than 2,000 animals surrendered into our care. That’s a 33% increase compared to last year,” stated Kim Powell, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control’s communications officer.

County information reveals each month this year has had more pets given up to the shelter than in 2021. August 2022 had probably the most surrenders with 401 pets given up to MCACC’s care.

“People are facing financial hardships, maybe they gotta move apartments and apartment prices are sky high, and people are turning to the shelter saying ‘I just can’t afford to have my pet anymore,’ which is heartbreaking,” Powell stated.

The shelter might be including a brand new position geared toward serving to residents hold their pets. The shelter diversion specialist might be working with those that are planning to give up their pets. No one has been employed for the position but.

“They can work with them, help them pay that pet deposit, maybe find a different housing option for them. And they’ll be able to work with them so they can keep their pet,” Powell stated.

Still, there are resources for people who find themselves struggling to hold their pet. MCACC has an inventory of resources on its website and assist is accessible by Pet Housing Help AZ for folks struggling to care for his or her pet.

But the additional animals are placing more stress on the county’s shelter.

“It’s been a really challenging summer for us,” Powell stated.

Powell stated the coverage isn’t to euthanize animals for space, and the shelter has maintained it is 95.95% save rate regardless of the 14,000 animals they’ve had enter the shelter in 2022.

MCACC has 755 kennels, and several other days in September had them housing more than 800 animals. That means everybody who works for the shelter, together with finance and IT workers, have been compelled to assist take care of the animals, Powell stated.

“We just had so many, (we) were out numbered,” Powell stated.

Help from rescue companions and more adoptions has meant canines aren’t in momentary kennels exterior proper now.

Starting Saturday, Oct. 1, the Bissell Pet Foundation might be sponsoring adoption fees for pets by Oct. 8 at MCACC shelters.

The hope is with these charges being waived and the vacation season approaching, the shelter will not be dwelling for animals for too lengthy.

“We don’t want the dogs to come here. We’re a last resort. We want to make sure that they’re in a comfortable space and able to be home,” Powell stated.

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