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  • PACC's Empty the Shelter adoption event beats goal

    Oct 21, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Pima Animal Care Center found homes for 231 animals this past weekend at its Empty The Shelter adoption event.

    Pima Animal Care CenterPetSmart Charities gave PACC $8,000 to host the event after learning that PACC was caring for 1,000 animals in a shelter built for less than half that number.

    Besides free adoptions at PACC on Silverbell Road, PetSmart hosted free adoption events at its four metro stores. The goal was to adopt out 200 animals. Dozens of volunteers and PACC and PetSmart employees helped exceed that goal.

    The 46-year-old shelter is not yet empty, but this event helped create some much-needed space and a little breathing room for the only place in Pima County that never turns away a pet in need.

    “We’re so grateful that our friends from PetSmart Charities stepped up to help our pets in their time of need,” PACC’s Chief of Operations, Kristin Barney, said. “If you didn’t find your new family member this weekend, please come out to see us – we have hundreds of adorable dogs and cats waiting for you!”

    About Pima Animal Care Center: As our community’s only open-admission shelter, PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, cares for about 24,000 pets each year and is the only shelter in the County that cares for every pet that is brought to its doors. PACC is also our community’s largest adoption agency, and has the largest selection of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. For more information about PACC, please visit

    About PetSmart Charities: PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 400,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, separate from PetSmart, Inc.