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  • PACC pushing for fosters and adopters

    Oct 09, 2019 | Read More News
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    Picture of puppiesThe number of dogs and cats living at Pima Animal Care Center has reached its busiest time of year, with 435 dogs and puppies and 233 cats and kittens on site today. PACC urgently seeks fosters and adopters to help make space for incoming dogs and cats. 

    “We urgently need the community’s help to get pets out now,” said Director of Animal Services, Kristen Hassen-Auerbach. “Most every pet is eligible for foster and even fostering for two weeks gives us time to make much-needed space for incoming cats and dogs who need our help.”

    On Tuesday, the shelter took in 88 pets. Last week, PACC took in 86 pets on Monday, 89 on Wednesday, 154 on Thursday and 81 on Friday. Last year the shelter took in a total of 17,000 animals. Of that number, around 10,000 were strays.

    There are several ways people can help. People can take dogs and cats home to foster. This could last for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months. Any time period helps. Those who are interested can email PACC.foster@pima.gov. Another way people can help is to adopt. Now until October 17, the shelter is offering $5 adoptions for all pets four months and up. There is a $20 licensing fee per dog. PACC is open seven days a week for foster and adopter drop-ins, and in most cases, pets can go home on the same day you come to visit. If adopting or fostering isn't possible, people can also make a donation to Friends of PACC

    PACC leaders aren’t exactly sure why this time of year is so busy, but the biggest factor seems to be that adoptions/foster decrease during this time because people are busy with fall plans and kids going back to school.

    “We haven’t had a week like this all year,” Hassen-Auerbach said. “This is the time when adopting and fostering are truly lifesaving. Every pet that gets out frees up critical kennel space to help us save another.” 

    All pets adopted from PACC will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. PACC is open Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.