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  • PACC is a winner in ASPCA 100K Challenge

    Oct 08, 2014 | Read More News
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    The official ASPCA 100K Challenge rankings are in and Pima Animal Care Center is a winner in more ways than one. PACC ended the competition ranked 1st overall in Arizona in its year-over-year increase in total lives saved, and 6th in its division nationwide out of a field of 50 competitors. This secures PACC’s status as the region’s #1 adoption agency and the only local open admission shelter that accepts every pet in need. It also means PACC will receive $5,000 in prize money from the ASPCA.  

    ASPCA 100K ChallengePACC competed in the largest of five divisions, those that take in more than 10,000 pets per year. Four shelters in Arizona competed in the Challenge and of those, PACC ranked highest in the state. The other Arizona competitors were the Arizona Humane Society (Phoenix), Pinal County Animal Care (Casa Grande) and Halo Animal Rescue (Phoenix). Complete results can be found at challenge.aspcapro.org.

     “We were up against some very stiff competition, and we’re thrilled to have placed sixth in the nation,” Kristin Barney, PACC’s Chief of Operations, said. “Thank you to the volunteers, donors and adopters who made this summer a huge success for our pets!”

    Between June 1 and Aug. 31, PACC adopted out more pets than ever and shattered its live-release record in August. PACC adopted out 3,015 dogs and cats during those three months – and that’s 835 more adoptions than last year, the most in a 3-month period. During August, PACC’s average live-release rate hit a record high 84 percent! ASPCA cites the number of lives saved as 636 because it calculates the number of lives saved differently than at the local level. The ASPCA counts pets sent to rescue partners as ½ a life saved. When that pet is finally adopted, the number changes to be counted as one whole life saved. Locally, PACC counts a pet sent to a rescue partner as one whole life saved immediately. Either way, PACC increased its year-over-year adoptions significantly.

    During the Challenge, PACC also sent 459 dogs and cats out to rescue partners and returned 483 lost pets to their grateful families. And it broke more records, too. It exceeded the number of adoptions done during a single weekend when it sent 230 pets home during the Cat’s Pajamas Adoption Party Aug. 29-31, and it tripled its number of foster families from 50 to 200 during the three-month period.

    The shelter, which was overcrowded all summer with nearly 1,000 animals, held several events and specials to send more pets home. From an early-morning Zumbathon, to Christmas in July, to the center’s first-ever Pride event, the staff and volunteers stopped at nothing to get new adopters to come out.