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Maricopa County animal shelters get huge food donation

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PHOENIX — Just one day after saying its shelters were completely full, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control received a huge donation to ensure all its critters would not go hungry.

In a press release, the agency said it expected nearly 41,000 pounds of food to arrive at its west shelter near 27th Avenue and Durango Street in Phoenix.

“With both of our shelters at more than double capacity, and our east shelter unable to accommodate any other animals, this delivery of much needed food could not come at a better time,” spokesman Jose Santiago said.

The Rescue Bank of Houston donated the food and the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission paid for the shipping costs.

Earlier this week, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said all adoptions at its east shelter — located near Rio Salado Parkway and the Loop 101 in Tempe — would be free through Friday.

The shelter also reminded the public that if you care to help but can’t adopt, the shelter needs supplies, such as newspapers, food, toys, collars and leashes. It can use volunteers to help socialize and clean up after the animals.

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