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Shelters at capacity on International Dog Day. Here’s how to adopt

The variety of pets in animal shelters throughout the nation, together with Maricopa County, has elevated dramatically this summer season. Now shelters have extra canine than kennels to assist incoming rescues.

Counting each shelters that the county operates, roughly 766 animals have been of their possession in July, that quantity now topping 824. Kimberley Powell, communications officer with Maricopa County, stated shelters have solely 755 canine kennels and 80 cat cages.

The county manages the West Valley Animal Care Center off twenty seventh Avenue and Durango and the East Valley Animal Care Center off Rio Salado Parkway and Loop 101. These websites are open seven days every week from midday to 6 p.m. on weekdays and midday to 5 p.m. on weekends.

“We are still in the summer season which is typically at critical capacity, but a big reason why we are seeing more dogs being brought into the shelter is because of the high cost of living here in Arizona,” she explains.

Pet homeowners could really feel like they don’t have any different choice however to give up their pets due to larger lease and meals costs and different financial hardships.

Jackson, sports reporter Jason Wolf's dog, is an aggressive snuggler.

Powell stated if you’re in a position the place you might want to give up a pet, there are resources available.

“We are determined so that pets can stay with their owners. When they come in with that tough decision we try to work with them to connect them to resources and anything we can do as an animal shelter to help,” she stated. “We also have a return to owner program.”

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