Working Together, Saving Lives

Animal Care and Control Improvements

Over the past few years, Maricopa County Animal & Control has made measurable progress in the overarching mission to save lives.  Now, we are taking the next step in our long-term plan to find permanent homes for more animals.

The current east shelter, located at Rio Salado and Loop 101, does not meet nationally-accepted standards of care nor our own high standards.  The shelter, as is, cannot meet the county’s long-term needs and expansion at the present location is not feasible.  As a result, the county explored the possibility of consolidating all shelter services at the centrally-located shelter near I-17 and Durango.  During the design process, it became clear that trying to expand the existing facility would present too many obstacles to be a viable long-term solution. 

In the end, county leaders believe a multiple-shelter solution—so long as it includes a replacement for the current east shelter—will be better for animal welfare and the customer experience.  Therefore, current plans call for building a new East Valley facility while improvements to the Durango shelter continue to be considered.  This approach will help us increase the quality of care we provide, reduce the length of stay for animals, and improve the experience for customers who want to adopt.

We invite you to look through the information below to learn more about the next step in Working Together and Saving Lives!

Plans & FAQs

Shelter FAQS

By the Numbers

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control's Shelter Numbers


What Maricopa County Animal Care & Control Animal Shelter Volunteers are Saying


Animal Care & Control Programs

East Valley Animal Shelter Answers

Shelter Plans & Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the county's plans to get more animals into permanent homes.

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Facts regarding the East Valley Animal Care & Control Shelter Consolidation

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) by the Numbers

Animal welfare trends are helping to drive changes at MCACC.  Fewer animals are coming into our shelters.  At the same time, we are providing good outcomes for more of the animals who do come in.

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What Our Volunteers Are SayingWhat Animal Care and Control Volunteers Are Saying

Volunteers are essential to our operation. Learn more about what they do and how they fit into our mission to save lives.

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Maricopa County Animal Shelter Near YouShelter Programs

MCACC strives to offer the highest standard of customer service with volunteers, support services, and programs like Pet Projects.  

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