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Pima Animal Care Center open for adoptions, urgent intake

Jul 18, 2013 | Read More News
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Pima Animal Care Center is open Thursday for adoptions, as well as helping owners find lost pets or license their dogs.

The facility, at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, will be able to take strays and owner-relinquished animals Thursday on a limited basis for those with urgent needs.

Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Staff members remain deeply affected by the apparent suicide of Patrick Hoppes, a Department of Corrections inmate who was part of a work crew assigned to the shelter and had been working at the site since January.

Pima Animal Care Center is seeking the community’s assistance during this difficult time. For those finding strays, please consider bringing the animal to a nearby veterinarian to see if a microchip might provide information on its owner. You may also check online at http://www.petharbor.comand http://www.found-pets.org/, which are clearinghouses for found pets throughout Pima County. Another option includes visiting the Lost and Found Pets of Pima County Facebook page, as well as checking Craigslist.

For owners seeking to surrender a pet to the shelter, we ask that you consider reaching out to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, other shelters or a local rescue group. Our rescue partners are listed on the Pima Animal Care Center website at http://webcms.pima.gov/government/pima_animal_care_center/

“Our sympathies and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this tragedy,” said Kim Janes, the manager of the Pima Animal Care Center. “This was an isolated incident and we deeply appreciate the community’s support at this time.”

Volunteers have stepped in to help with the shelter cleaning and other shelter needs until inmate crews resume work on site following a full assessment of the program by the Department of Corrections.

As part of their rehabilitation, non-violent prison inmates have been working at the shelter for the past four years, earning 50 cents an hour for their efforts.