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Maricopa County animal shelters offering free adoptions, give safety tips

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Animal Care is offering free adoptions and also urging pet owners to exercise caution leading up to the Fourth of July.

“The Fourth of July holiday is filled with fireworks and fun festivities, but it can be dangerous for family pets and is the busiest time of the year for Maricopa County Animal Care shelters,” they wrote in a statement.

Maricopa County Animal Care said it took in 635 strays last year between July 1 and July 7 alone, many of which had run loose during July 4 fireworks.

To make room, the agency said it will waive adoption fees on July 1 and 2. The free adoptions apply to cats and dogs over six months old.

Additionally, shelters will offer $5 microchips during the two-day event.

Maricopa County Animal Care also reminds pet-owners to be careful with your pets on July 4. They said to not take pets to fireworks displays (so as to not scare animals), keep pets indoors during fireworks, make sure your pet has current identification (like a license tag and a microchip) and — if you do lose your pet — visit a Maricopa County Shelter.

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