Pets & Animal

Adopt or foster a pet from a crowded Phoenix animal shelter

Animal shelters across metro Phoenix are at capacity or nearly full with pets needing homes.

This is typical for summer months in Arizona due in part to people finding stray dogs and bringing them in. It’s also kitten season: “the time of year, usually March until November, when shelters and rescue organizations are flooded with homeless litters from unaltered cats,” according to the Arizona Humane Society.

There are ways you can help.

The Humane Society is looking for “foster heroes” to house pets that are temporarily separated from their owners as well as people who can provide forever homes to adoptable pets.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is at capacity and also encouraging Valley residents to open their homes to adoptable pets. Both MCACC and AHS are offering adoption events with reduced or waived fees.