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  • Road work hurting adoption rates at PACC; fees lowered

    Aug 18, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center’s Pup Tent dogs have been feeling Tucson’s extreme heat, and all of the shelter’s pets are struggling to find homes because of the Silverbell Road construction. To help attract caring adopters during this particularly challenging time, PACC officials announced Tuesday they will be offering $5 adoptions on all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens through the rest of the month.

    Dog“We are caring for more than 800 pets at our shelter who would love nothing more than to relax with you in the A/C, or your swamped-cooled living room,” PACC’s Chief of Operations, Kristin Barney, said. “For an adoption fee of just five cool dollars, you can find your new best friend from us.”

    PACC has been working closely with Pima County Facilities to keep its tent as cool as possible, but a tent can only get so cool when temperatures reach 109 degrees, Barney said. The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved erecting the tent in November of 2013 as an emergency effort to ease severe overcrowding in the shelter, which had been housing up to five large dogs in a single kennel.

    “The tent has undoubtedly helped us save thousands of dog lives, but during the summer it is very challenging to keep this space cool,” Barney said.

    The tent typically houses only stray dogs who are waiting to be reclaimed by their owners or placed up for adoption. PACC’s Medical Team has been closely monitoring every Pup Tent dog and moving those who are elderly, obese or otherwise infirm to the cooler temperatures inside the main shelter.

    At the same time the shelter is battling the heat, it is facing decreased visitor traffic because of the ongoing construction efforts to improve Silverbell Road. The construction is expected to last about six weeks.

    “The road to PACC is going to be better than ever when this project is done,” Barney said. “In the meantime, our pets desperately need you to brave the traffic and come out to adopt.”

    As always, members of PACC’s Silver Whiskers Club (that’s all pets who are 5 years old and up), are free. Pima County’s standard $16 licensing fee applies to all adult dogs. 

    To see PACC’s adoptable pets, go to our adoptable pets webpage.