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Urgent plea to address overcrowding at Pima Animal Care Center

Jul 16, 2013 | Read More News
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Pima Animal Care Center is asking for your help in addressing a serious issue of overcrowding at our shelter. Urgent Need

Since July 1, nearly 1,040 animals have been turned in for sheltering – more than 69 each day!

The influx is a disturbing trend that reverses a year-long decline in animals needing shelter.

“Staff remains committed to helping every pet, but the occupancy at this time is way over capacity,” said Kim Janes, the manager of the Pima Animal Care Center. “The situation is such that there is no rehabilitation space or isolation space for the next pet that presents with an illness, injury or treatable behavior challenge.”

Pima Animal Care Center plea to the community; tours for the media
Date: Wednesday, July 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: PACC Adoption Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road

Currently 516 dogs are being sheltered in 233 kennels and cages. That puts more animals into kennels than is optimum, adding stress for animals already in an unsettling situation.

Janes cautioned that although the adoption center has been able to save 83 more animals so far than it did last year, the overcrowding may impact the shelter’s ability to keep rehabilitatable and treatable animals as long as it could in the past.

To help more pets find homes, Janes said the fee for the rest of the month will be a flat $13 across-the-board for any pet within the adoption center. Animals with special needs are free, as long as the owner pledges to provide appropriate treatment, which may include veterinary care.

Conditions are critical at Pima Animal Care Center and we need your help to get these animals adopted as soon as possible. Please join us Wednesday for tours and a first-hand look at this urgent situation.