How can you be sure there will be enough space for animals at one shelter?

As mentioned above, animal intake in Maricopa County has declined 13% every year for the past five years, and the county is meticulous in tracking intake and adoption rates.  We are also listening to experts in the field who will evaluate current trends and data and consider the specific needs of our community to help us plan accordingly.  The renovated central shelter will be designed to handle current and projected animal populations.

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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?