Thanksgiving week will be quiet for construction on a new 120 x 60 foot tent that will help relieve overcrowded conditions at Pima Animal Care Center.
The slab that was poured this week will need time to cure for at least a week to develop strength in the concrete.
The rain we’re seeing now is actually beneficial to developing strength in the concrete, by slowing down the curing process.
Anchors to hold the large structure securely in place will be drilled into the concrete the following week.
The tent itself arrived in Tucson from California last week. It likely will be installed over a two-day period sometime in the first week of December.
Once the tent is erected, work will proceed on finalizing utility connections to allow for electricity, running water and heating and cooling. A perimeter fence also will be installed to increase the safety of the dogs.
The new kennels are tentatively scheduled to arrive sometime between Dec. 25 and Jan. 8.
Manager Kim Janes said the new space will be critical in reducing stress for the pets and keeping them healthier.
“Ultimately, the problem of homeless pets is going to require more discussion and a longer-term solution, but this was the most cost-effective and immediate solution to ongoing overcrowding in our kennels,” Janes said. “We’re looking forward to being able to share the progress with the community.”