How will a consolidated shelter impact the mission of trying to save animal lives?

Saving lives has been, and will continue to be, the primary mission of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.  In 2017, 94% of the animals that came into our shelters were adopted or relocated, up from 84% in 2016.    A single, state-of-the-art animal resource center will bring people together to resolve animal welfare issues; allow us to expand and enhance partnerships with animal rescue groups and individuals; and, provide services to underserved areas through outreach programs and additional patrols.  All of these steps will better enable us to save lives and serve the community.

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1. Is the east shelter definitely closing?
2. When would it close?
3. Will the east shelter stay open until the expansion of the central shelter is complete?
4. What will happen to the east building?
5. What will happen to homeless animals in the East Valley?
6. How much will the new, expanded central shelter cost?
7. How does this project fit with the county’s promise to be fiscally responsible?
8. Why now?
9. What else is being considered to address concerns about combining two shelters?
10. How will a consolidated shelter impact the mission of trying to save animal lives?
11. What about lost pets?
12. How will staff and volunteers be impacted by the change?
13. Why can’t you expand the east shelter instead?
14. How can you be sure there will be enough space for animals at one shelter?