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  • Local ‘catvocate’ matching $10K in donations to new TNR project

    Sep 11, 2014 | Read More News
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    feral catLocal “catvocate” Bonnie Kay is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations to Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) so that the organization’s new Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project can have a trailer home of its own.

    “As our community’s only open-admission shelter, we take in nearly 8,000 homeless cats each year,” PACC’s development director, Karen Hollish, said. “By making a fully tax-deductible gift to this matching campaign now, you can double your impact.”

    Last month, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a nearly $1.5 million partnership between PACC, Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities®. Under the three-year project, Best Friends and PACC will trap free-roaming community cats in nine central Pima County ZIP codes, spay or neuter them, provide treatment if needed, and then return them to their outdoor homes. The program anticipates sterilizing 15,000 community cats over three years and reducing PACC’s cat-euthanasia rate by 25 percent after the first year alone.

    Best Friends staffers arrived at PACC last week and have been working out of a cramped and crowded corner in the 46-year-old shelter. PACC intends to install a free-standing trailer so there is room for Best Friends to coordinate the project, store traps and house up to 40 cats pre-and post-surgery. 

    PACC has already raised $33,000 in private donations to fund the $55,000 trailer project; with Bonnie’s Kay’s offer of up to a $10,000 match, the center hopes to close the gap so that the trailer can be fully funded and installed. 

    To make a tax-deductible gift online, visit PACC's donation page. Please choose “General Fund” and write “Cat Match” in the text box.

    You can also write a check to “Pima Animal Care” and mail it to 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745. Please write “Cat Match” in the memo line. You can also call PACC’s Development Office at (520) 243-5984 to make your gift.