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  • PACC receives two generous gifts

    Sep 15, 2015 | Read More News
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    surgeryPIMA COUNTY – The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the Pima Animal Care Center to accept gifts totaling more than $1.3 million from the estates of two animal lovers.

    Ella-Jane Burson and Marilynn Rasmussen named PACC as the beneficiary to portions of their estates.  The Northern Trust Company delivered a check for more than $1.3 million to the county on Aug. 17 on behalf of Burson’s estate. Rasmussen also left her home and a generous life insurance policy to the pets.

    “These very generous gifts demonstrate the high degree of confidence that the community has in the new and life-saving approach the Pima Animal Care Center continues to pursue,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, Director of the Pima County Health Department.  “With the direction and approval of the Board of Supervisors, we hope to use these resources to implement truly innovative, evidence-based and life-saving approaches to address the needs of pets and people in Pima County. Clearly we are committed to grow our spay and neuter investment in Pima County, and we hope to meet the needs of some of the pets who have serious behavioral issues,” Garcia added.

    District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías and District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll expressed their appreciation to the trusts for their generosity.

    When the private sector invests in public infrastructure, “good things happen,” Carroll said.

    “I’m just delighted that this $1.3 million is now going to go toward better care of our stray, unwanted and neglected animals in Pima County and God bless their efforts,” Carroll said.