We have altered both our field and shelter operations to minimize human contact for residents while remaining committed to public safety and lifesaving during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help us save lives while practicing social distancing. Read more at: Updates. Here’s a look at some of our changes:

Only our West Shelter is open. East Shelter is temporarily closed.

Adoptions and fosters: Visit our adoption page for details and to sign up for an appointment! Our regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends at the West Valley animal shelter. We are offering special adoption event at our East shelter. Visit our adoption page for details.  We are utilizing appointment-only adoptions through online signups and a revamped adoption web page during the health crisis. Sign up here for adoptions and here for fostering. Please check through the day for available slots as appointments do open up.

In-person services: During the COVID-19 pandemic, services are limited to stray dog intakes, stray dog bite intakes, stray cat bite intakes and lost dogs returned to owners at our West Valley animal shelter only. Owner surrenders are appointment-based only, learn more about the process and how to schedule an appointment here.

Temporary closures: East Valley Shelter, 2630 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, ended adoption appointments April 5 and temporarily closed for repairs and cleaning while it is vacant. No services will be offered there and no strays admitted. All dogs have been transferred to our West Shelter, 2500 S. 27th Ave. Phoenix, or other boarding facilities.

Volunteer program: After temporarily suspending the volunteer program in April, MCACC has begun bringing our existing volunteers back to the shelter on an extremely limited basis. Visit our volunteer page for more details. 

Field services: Response times to requests for field services may be longer than normal. Please allow up to 72 hours for stray dog pickups. Call 602-506-7387 for information on stray dog pickups. Residents may bring stray dogs to West Valley animal shelter only. We do not accept nor pick up stray cats.

Stray dogs: Those who find stray dogs are asked to file a report with the shelter, try to find the dog’s owner and if they aren’t successful may bring the dog to the West Valley Shelter, 9-6 weekdays and 9-5 weekends or call 602-506-7387. People are encouraged to list the dog missing on the shelter’s Lost and Found website. Our Lost and Found Department is adding staff and hours in an effort to return more lost pets to their owners.

Licensing: Residents are asked to license their dogs online or call 602-506-7387 for any questions regarding licensing. Due to the difficulty in obtaining rabies vaccinations at this time, fees will be adjusted as appropriate.

Donations: To make a donation of our most-needed supplies, visit our Amazon Shelter Wish List. To make a direct donation, click here.
Mission Statement: Working together to serve the animals and people of Maricopa County. Vision Statement: We envision a community in which all pets are part of a family, provided with compassionate care and companionship. We strive to be an innovative and trusted resource for the community.


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  1. Wed, Nov 11

    Veteran's Day We are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adoptions o...
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  2. Thu, Nov 26

    Thanksgiving Day We are closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, T...
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  3. Fri, Nov 27

    Black Friday We are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adoptions o...
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  1. Thu, Dec 24

    Christmas Eve All services are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...
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  2. Fri, Dec 25

    Christmas Day We are closed to the public on Christmas Day, Frid...
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  3. Thu, Dec 31

    New Year's Eve All services are available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ...
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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control employees are committed to animal welfare, and we are always looking to add talented individuals to our team, either at our West or East Valley Animal Care Centers. As one of the nation’s largest open-admission shelters, we work with our community to serve the animals and people of Maricopa County. Our adoptions, foster, kennel, behavior and animal control teams learn first-hand about proper care of homeless, stray and neglected animals and work hard to find them new homes.