There has been unexpected population explosion at the Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter. So much so, that the staff has placed a sign in front of the door telling people they are having a hard time accepting any more animals.

“We are approaching desperation mode,” said Animal Care and Control Director Audra Michael. “We have around 340 dogs and about 50 cats. We are hoping people can see it in their heart to come in and adopt a new family member or even foster one.”

Michael said that animal populations seem to drop from January through April, but this year, the amount of strays and drop-offs kept the staff at a frantic level during that time.

“We may have to start making some tough decisions, soon,” Michael said.

To help bring the population down, the staff at Animal Care and Control are offering all dogs over seven months of age for only $25.00 (that includes microchipping and shots). All cats over the age of seven months are offered for $25.00 (that includes microchipping and shots). 

The Pinal County Animal Care and Control Shelter is open T, Th and F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday’s and Wednesday’s 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturday’s 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.