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  • Adopt Love, Adopt Local features PACC pets

    Mar 26, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center, as part of the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, is helping sponsor a first for Tucson: a pet adoption event so large it has to be held at the Tucson Expo Center.

    From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, pets from PACC, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and various rescue groups will be strutting their stuff at the Adopt Love, Adopt Local event in hopes of finding their forever home. More than 40 local rescue and non-profit groups will attend this free event, bringing pets of all breeds and ages for adoption so every person who comes can find their perfect pet-companion match. The Expo Center is at 3750 E. Irvington Road between Palo Verde Avenue and Alvernon Road.

    “We are really excited to be banding together with rescues and shelters across Southern Arizona to save hundreds of lives in one day,” said Kristin Barney, PACC’s chief of operations. “We encourage our community to adopt local!”

    Vendors will offer resources to help attendees thrive in their new role as pet owners, and throughout the day, family-friendly, pet focused entertainment will be provided on the central event stage.

    The event – Adopt Love, Adopt Local – is an activity organized by the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona formed in 2012 by persons concerned by the large number of pets being surrendered to PACC, the Humane Society and rescue organizations. PAAW’s goal is to have at least 200 pets find loving homes during the one-day event.

    “At the Adopt Love, Adopt Local event, there will be trainers, veterinarians and breed experts on hand to answer all of your questions,” said Barbara Brown, Chair of PAAW and vice president of program services and community initiatives at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which works in partnership with PAAW. “This event will be a great place to do one-stop shopping.”

    Because of noise and space constraints, Adopt Love, Adopt Local organizers do not recommend attendees bring their current pets with them to the Expo Center to meet a new prospect. Persons can speak with the pet’s rescue group to arrange a meet-and-greet with current pets sometime after the event.

    For more information, visit Adopt Love, Adopt Local for more information about this local adoption campaign.

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    About Pima Animal Care Center: As our community’s only open-admission shelter, PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, cares for about 24,000 pets each year and is the only shelter in the county that cares for every pet who is brought to its doors. PACC is also our community’s largest adoption agency, and has the largest selection of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. For more information about PACC, please visit our website.

    PAAW was formed in late 2012 when a small group of people got together to discuss the staggering number of companion animals ending up at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) and various rescue organizations.  Pledging to change the situation, the group includes representatives from the two shelters, several rescue groups, breeders, funders and veterinarians. Love, Adopt Local, is an activity of the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, an initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. To learn more about PAAW and about CFSA’s other community initiatives, visit the Community Foundation’s website.