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  • Meet the new Shelter Manager at Pima Animal Care Center

    Jan 20, 2014 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center is pleased to announce that Jose Ocaño has accepted the position of Shelter Manager, overseeing shelter operations for a facility that cares for nearly 25,000 pets each year.none

    Ocaño, who came on board as volunteer coordinator in January 2013, helped grow our volunteer base from roughly 95 to nearly 700 during his tenure.

    “Jose’s passion is pets and people, which makes him the perfect person for this role. He’s a natural leader, who inspires others and brings energy, compassion and creativity to the role,” said Kim Janes, Manager of Pima Animal Care Center.

    We caught up with Jose for five questions:

    1) What is your vision for the shelter?

    I will really be looking to find out if there is a way to restructure our existing shelter operations to better serve animals, staff, volunteers and the community. Ultimately, I want to have a shelter that has very few dogs and cats because we’ll be able to do more education to help people keep their pets - and when they can’t, do everything we can to make sure that animal gets into a forever home. I would love to work myself out of a job.

    2) What did you learn as volunteer coordinator that helped prepare you for this larger role? Working with our nearly 700 volunteers, who come from all walks of life, really helped me understand and gauge the community expectation of our shelter. And what that really showed me is that I’m not in this alone. I have a huge support system that I can tap into.

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    4000 N. Silverbell Road Tucson, AZ 85745 520-243-5900 www.pima.gov/animalcare Rhonda.Bodfield@pima.gov; 724-37403) You have called 2014 a transformational year for Pima Animal Care Center. Why?

    This is the first time in many years that we’ve dedicated a position solely to manage the shelter. We’ll be bringing on a fund coordinator who can help us gain the resources we need to do more for our animals. And now, with a dedicated shelter vet, we’ll be able to treat more of our animals in-house and reduce the burden on our rescue partners. With very visible support from the Board of Supervisors in providing additional staff and a temporary facility to reduce overcrowding, the stars are aligning to really make 2014 a record breaking year.

    4) What is the community’s role in helping to support those changes?

    Over the last 9 months to a year, we’ve really been engaging the community and they are seeing all of the changes we are making here. Having that support is fundamental because collectively, this is our problem to solve. We can use any help people can give, whether that means donating, adopting, volunteering or just sharing information about us with friends who are looking for pets. It’s going to take all of us.

    5) How is it possible you don’t have 500 dogs and cats at home? You must be very disciplined.

    I have 500 pets at work that need my love, attention and time!