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  • PACC proud participant in 48-hour MASH Clinic

    Oct 14, 2015 | Read More News
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    spay neuter surgeryPima Animal Care Center participated in a free 48-hour spay/neuter MASH clinic held at Los Ranchitos Elementary School Oct. 9-11. Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, the shelter’s lead veterinarian, and a group of PACC staff and volunteers completed a nine-hour surgery shift on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. PACC also loaned event organizers an autoclave and sonic bath, which was used for sterilizing and cleaning instruments. 

    Clara Lee Arnold, one of the event’s main organizers and a staff member from Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic, said they had planned on altering 500 pets, but in the end fixed 800. The event was staffed by volunteers from schools, vet clinics and animal welfare organizations across the community, including PACC.

    PACC volunteerAdditionally, PACC had licensing staff on site to help dog owners get their pets’ licenses up to date. Supporting the spirit of the free clinic, PACC waived all late licensing fees – and for the next 30 days, PACC will continue to waive any late licensing fees for dogs whose owners bring proof that they were fixed at the 48-hour clinic. 

    “We want to give individuals in the community every opportunity to license their pets,” said Kristin Barney, PACC’s Chief of Operations. “We know that sometimes when fees add up it can become a deterrent, so we want to remove those barriers.”

    As the only shelter in Southern Arizona that never turns away a pet in need, PACC is constantly taking in more animals than it can adopt out. Through creative fostering, help from rescue partners, and support from Tucson’s caring community, most pets do eventually find their loving homes. However, one of the simplest ways to reduce high intake numbers is to prevent the birth of unwanted pets. To that end, PACC is investing $600,000 this year into low-cost spay/neuter programs for Pima County residents.  

    For more information on reduced or free spay and neuter for your pet, visit PACC's partners at the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona