Maricopa County Animal Care & Control - East Valley Animal Care Center

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2630 West 8th Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
(602) 506-PETS

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Animal Shelters

www.maricopa.gov/pets/

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Dogs:  YesLow-cost spay & neuter:  Yes
Dog behavior classes:  YesMicrochipping:  Yes
Low-cost vaccine:  Yes

“Animal shelter, lost and found, low cost clinic, licensing and vaccinations. ”

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3posted: November 13th, 2007

Maricopa County Animal Care & Control


I was picked up as a stray and taken to this shelter. Mommy has mixed feelings about this place. She is thankful to them for picking me up and getting me off the streets but she encountered a few rude staff members before and during the adoption process. The shelter itself is very large and there are many cages of dogs. They also have cats there. The cages are not exactly clean but I did not think they were filthy either. I had quite a bit of poop in mine that I was stepping on. This is a kill shelter, the county pound and they have a high euthanasia rate. It is very heart breaking to walk down the long aisles of cages. Mommy can never do it without crying because she wants to take all of the animals. There are a lot of great dogs/cats at this shelter. Many of them just need a second chance at life. Now, licensing through this place is another story all together. Mommy was late on my license renewal and the original form that she received said late fees were $3.00 for less than a year so mommy was late less than a year so she paid my license fee and the extra $3 late charge. So she gets a letter from the licensing dept. saying that she was charged more in late fees and the license fee is $4 more! So she called up and they told her the late fee policy changed in August 2007- now mind you, my renewal form was sent in November 2006 so mommy was charged $2 a month for every month she was late starting December 2006 even though the new policy did not take effect until August 2007. Mommy was not amused but paid it because she had no other choice.

 

 
2edited: March 10th, 2007

Visit County for Services but Adopt Elsewhere


Make no mistakes: this is "the pound" for the East Valley. The euthanasia rate is high, the facility is not terribly clean, the animals receive little socialization, and there are no guarantees about the health of the animals you find here. They're not all bad, though: they're up front about their policies, and they shelter lost animals for at least three days before euthanasia is considered. If your pet is lost, check here DAILY! Their low-cost programs are also highly useful if you can't afford a "regular" vets fees (which are often astronomical) for spaying and neutering. However, if you're looking to adopt, you're better off heading to one of the other shelters in the Phoenix area. Many of them obtain their animals from the euthanasia list at County, so the more animals that are adopted out of these shelters, the more at-risk animals can be whisked away from County. By patronizing local shelters, you can send a message that no-kill/low-kill is the way to go, and you also have a better guarantee of having a healthy animal pick you. There are fewer unpleasant surprises with no-kill/low-kill shelters.

posted: March 10th, 2007

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