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Animal Care & Control seeks community’s help for the holidays


PHOENIX – With kennel space still scarce, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is searching for ways to bring people to its shelters in hopes of increasing adoptions for the holiday season. There are currently more than 650 dogs and cats being cared for at MCACC shelters.

The community can help homeless pets in multiple ways this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 22, MCACC will host a luminaria “Light Their Way Home” event at both its Mesa and Phoenix locations. The two-hour event takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature waived adoption fees for all adoptable pets.

For those who cannot make it to the Dec. 22 event, MCACC is currently running $20 adoption fees for all dogs and kittens (six months or younger). Cats over six months of age have a waived adoption fee. The adoption fee includes spay/neuter surgery. Dogs over three months of age also receive a County dog license and rabies vaccination. The special runs through Dec. 31.

And for those pets who don’t find a home in time for the holiday, The Santa Paws Project is lending its help with a Christmas toy drive. Created by Rob and Marcie Reichstein, The Santa Paws Project aims to give every shelter pet a present for Christmas. Collection boxes for new cat or dog toys can be found at MCACC shelters and Maricopa County libraries.

For a list of County libraries, visit For more information on these events or shelter locations, visit