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The Town of Oro Valley steps up to address pet overpopulation

Nov 01, 2013 | Read More News
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With Pima Animal Care Center facilities straining to care for more than 22,000 homeless pets annually, the Town of Oro Valley has agreed to immediately begin funding additional spay/neuter services to begin ratcheting down the numbers of unwanted litters.none

 In a letter to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, Town Manager Greg Caton said the Town had been considering for the next budget cycle the County’s request to funnel $3 of every $15 dog licensing fee paid by Town residents to support additional low- and no-cost spay neuter services.

“However, due to the recent discovery that PACC facilities have reached maximum capacity for their animal populations, the Town has decided to expedite its plan in supporting PACC’s program,” Caton wrote in his Nov. 1 letter. The Town will begin dedicating $3 of every license effective immediately.

During fiscal year 2012-13, Oro Valley residents procured approximately 5,400 licenses, which would have meant an additional $16,000 for spay/neuter.

The Oro Valley announcement comes as the Board of Supervisors takes up the question Tuesday about whether to invest $400,000 in temporary shelters and additional staff.

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry applauded Oro Valley’s decision. “Ultimately, it’s not the smart choice to just continue to construct larger and larger facilities to care for more and more unwanted animals,” he said. “At some point, we have to turn off the faucet, so we laud this decision by Oro Valley leaders. We collectively own this problem but we can collectively help solve it as well.”

Oro Valley paid approximately $94.50 per pet for the 275 pets from Oro Valley that were sheltered at Pima Animal Care Center in fiscal year 2012-13. The cost of an average spay/neuter surgery is approximately $75.