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    Find your new best friend As our community's only open-admission shelter, we have the largest selection of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens waiting to meet you. You can find your new best friend at our shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., and our PetSmart stores, too. All our adopted pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and come with a free vet visit, too. Learn more and see our pets!

    Did you lose your pet?

    If you or someone you know has recently lost a pet, please visit our shelter or contact our Pet Support Center at 520-724-7222. We've made it easier – and more affordable – than ever before to recover lost pets. As long as owners agree to have their unaltered pet spayed or neutered, we will waive the redemption fees and owners will pay no extra charge for the surgery. See our lost and found pets webpage for more details.

    Need help with your pet? Call the Pet Support Center

    The Pet Support Center is a phone-based resource for our community that strives to help people keep their pets. In addition to providing resources, information and counseling, support staff will schedule admission appointments for pet owners who decide they need to surrender their pets to PACC. Call us at (520) 724-7222 or visit the Pet Support Center webpage to learn more.

    Marana & Sahuarita Residents

    Starting July 1, the towns of Marana and Sahuarita assumed, for their residents, many animal care services previously handled by PACC. If you are a Marana or Sahuarita resident, go here for frequently asked questions -- and please know we still always welcome to you to adopt a pet in need from our shelter, volunteer to help save them, or give to support their care.

    About Us

    Our Commitment

    Pima Animal Care Center's mission is to rescue pets in need, protect the community and save lives.

    Piggy with Dr. WilcoxHere are some of the ways we approach our mission:

    • Providing shelter and second chances for abandoned pets, none of whom are turned away;
    • Protecting public health and safety by enforcing laws and ordinances;
    • Responding to and investigating complaints of animal abuse and cruelty;
    • Working with more than five dozen rescue and animal welfare partners to find loving homes for homeless animals;
    • Picking up stray dogs to increase safety for the animals and your neighborhood, while providing an opportunity for lost pets to be reunited with their owners;
    • Promoting and supporting low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination and licensing services;
    • Encouraging volunteers and donors to assist in our mission.

    Pima Animal Care Center is a Division of the Pima County Health Department and is organized into four major sections: Shelter, Enforcement, Licensing and Community Outreach. The Pima Animal Care Center is located in Tucson, with a substation in Ajo.

    See  our Annual Statistics.

    PACC would like to thank the following foundations, organizations, and companies for their support of our lifesaving programs.

    aspcaASPCA has generously invested in PACC's Keeping Families Together Fund which allows us to offer resources to pet owners in need. ASPCA also contributed to  the treatment to sick pets effected by a distemper and strep zoo outbreak in the fall of 2016, allowing us to save hundreds of lives.

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    Best Friends Animal Society invested in our first three years of a Trap-Neuter-Return program, as well as many other lifesaving programs.

    Bonnie Kay Charitable Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has invested in so many lifesaving programs, including the Working Cat Program and our Help Desk.

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    Thank you to Chapman Honda for partnering with us on Adopt a Pet day.

    John M. Simpson Foundation has steadily supported PACC for years.

    maddies fund

    Maddie's Fund has supported PACC by allowing staff members to participate in invaluable apprenticeship programs and has invested in our innovative foster program. 

    petco foundation
    Petco Foundation has invested in lifesaving medical equipment for our vets and our pets, as well as supporting adoption events and many other lifesaving efforts.

    Thank you to Petfinder Foundation for their support during the fall of 2016's strep zoo outbreak.

    PetSmart Charities has invested in so many programs at PACC, including our pet support center, off-site adoption program, hoarding response program, and much more.

    Tucson Electric Power is a valued supporter of PACC and partners with us for our annual Santa Adoption Party.


    Thank you to Tucson Medical Center for their steady support over the years.


    Thank you to the Jackson Galaxy Project for selecting PACC to participate in its Cat Pawsitive Pro program, which is giving us the tools we need to help cats and people save more lives.

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    Animal Care Center

    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    (520) 724-5900

    Weekdays: Noon - 7 p.m.
    Weekends: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Ajo Substation:
    1259 Well Road
    Ajo, AZ 85321

    (520) 387-7502

    Ajo Substation Hours:
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. MWF
    4:30-6:30 p.m. W

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