5 Common Claims about East Shelter Plans

About the East Valley, Rio Salado Animal Shelter

Claim #1: Fewer people will drive to the West Valley to turn in lost dogs and dogs will either be kept or turned loose back on the streets.

Experienced professionals in the industry have found that once people are in the frame of mind to turn an animal into a shelter environment, distance is not a factor and they will drive to an assigned location. When MCACC began a managed intake system, people raised similar concerns about animals being abandoned.  There has been no evidence of this.  In addition, we have not seen an increase of lost/stray animals brought in by field officers.

Claim #2: Fewer people will be able to go to that location to look for their animals.

Having one centralized location means people will know exactly where to begin their search for their lost pet. Instead of wondering which shelter to try first, people will just head to one location and begin their search there.  We are hopeful there will be an increase of owners being reunited with their lost pets.

Claim #3: The distance will be prohibitive to adopters and will drive them to backyard breeders. 

People will drive to any location where a potential pet will be. Adopters are currently searching sites like pets.maricopa.gov and petharbor.com and driving to the location where their potential pet is housed. With a state-of-the-art facility, people will come to see the centralized location as the best option to not only adopt but also to get training and medical needs met for their new pet.

Claim #4: Animal Control Officers will spend a majority of their shift driving and less time in the field picking up animals.

Animal control officers will continue to pick up lost/stray animals and respond to calls from the community, including in the East Valley.  We will also consider the following: increasing the number of officers to ensure there are adequate resources to respond to homeless animals; remote sites to park trucks so that officers are in better position to respond quickly to calls within a designated area; and new programs such as “Shelter in Place,” where people who find strays can voluntarily keep the animal in their home while attempts are made to find the owner.

Claim #5: There will be a loss of volunteers from the East Valley, which will be detrimental to the organization.

We know volunteers care about the well-being of animals and we’re so appreciative of the time and energy they give to our shelters.  That’s why we want to build a state-of-the-art facility.  We believe it will be better place for animals as well as for employees and volunteers. While some volunteers may choose to pursue other opportunities, we believe many volunteers will want to serve in this new environment and will drive the distance necessary to work at the renovated central shelter.