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.

Supporting pets and people: Pets are family, and MCACC is committed to helping both our four- and two-legged friends who have been impacted by COVID-19. We have partnered with the top animal welfare organizations in the Valley to provide information, resources and a community rehoming/temporary foster network for struggling pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 housing crisis. Visit Pet Housing Help AZ for more information.

Adoptions: 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 Shelter and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our East Valley Shelter. Visit our adoption page for details.

Dog_fireworks Image_EngFireworks and pets: Most animals are extremely frightened by the sound of fireworks, and shelters see a 30-60% increase in lost pets every year around July 4th. Here are a few ways to keep your pet safe and reduce their stress this fourth of July:

  • Keep pets indoors and create a place to hide
  • Only allow your pet to go outside when absolutely necessary, and keep them on a leash
  • If you can’t keep your pet indoors, ensure fences are secure and provide an outside place to hide
  • Make sure your pet is wearing current ID tags 
  • Update your pet's microchip with your current contact information
  • Play calm music to help mask the noise outside
  • Distract your pet by offering their favorite toys, treats, and/or chews
  • Talk to your neighbors about moving fireworks or noise makers away from houses

Please note that fireworks might start as early as Friday, July 2nd and continue throughout the weekend. If your pet is lost, visit our Lost and Found page or call 602-372-4598.



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.