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  • Letter from our COO: Thank you for the best year ever for PACC pets!

    Aug 06, 2015 | Read More News
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    Kristin Barney, COO
    Pima Animal Care

    We just ended our fiscal year, and looking back, we found that 2014/15 was the best one ever for our pets! What made it so great? We have continued to implement best practices from other highly successful shelters, we have seen our live-release rate steadily climb, and we have continued to garner huge support from our rescue partners, our community and an army of volunteers. AND we moved forward with our shelter design-process (learn more here)!

    But we could not have done it without all of YOU! Here are some of our favorite highlights:

    In the Shelter
    • We hit an average annual 84 percent live-release rate; that's up from the previous year by 11 percent! In May and June, our save rates were higher than ever: We hit nearly 90 percent. Thank YOU!
    • We are lowering the length of time a pet has to stay in our in shelter. Currently, our pets average an 18-day stay, but we already saw that drop in May and June to 11 days. Yahoo!
    • We hired another amazing vet, Dr. Sarah Rios, who complements the work of Dr. Wilcox, both continuing to find ways to save lives, like Nugget -- the pooch pictured here who came in hit by a car. Dr. Wilcox was able to successfully remove his inoperable leg, and he is being successfully fostered by one of our staff members. 
    • We started our foster program and have signed up over 400 individuals; this has enabled us to save even more pets.
    • Our Development Director, Karen Hollish, continues to build public support in the community for our pets, raising more donations this past fiscal year than ever before!
    • You all have heard about Sunny the Shepherd mix, and how our very own Animal Care Officer, Chris Meeks, helped save her when she was found hanging from a tree. But we also have 21 other highly dedicated Animal Care Officers in the field! These officers follow up on thousands of calls every year, and they save hundreds more abused and neglected pets like Sunny.
    In the Community
    • Your generosity was outstanding! We had individuals, volunteers, rescue groups and local business donate their time, talents and treasures.
    • Over $800,000 was donated to support the needs of our homeless pets -- thank YOU!
    • Volunteer hours equaled over 45,000! With the value of a volunteer hour at $22.37 in Arizona*, that means people like YOU donated over $1 million worth of your time to our pets. Thank you!
    • Countless other donations flooded in because of the need -- such as kitten formula during litter season, towels for our pets to sleep on, and medical supplies worth tens of thousands of dollars. Thank you!
    Our Partners
    • Among some of our hundreds of worthy partnerships, we wanted to highlight the creation of the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, which is a project fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. Since the Friends formed in October of 2014, they have raised nearly $250,000 to support our pets' medical and behavioral needs! Thanks to a generous gift from Bonnie Kay, they hired four part-time staff members when the county went into a hiring freeze.
    • Another great partner to give our humble thanks to is PetSmart Charities. Not only did our friends from Phoenix support multiple adoption events last fiscal year, they are the major funder behind our amazing Community Cats Project with Best Friends Animal Society. We are so excited to partner more with PetSmart Charities in 2016!
    • Speaking of Best Friends, do you know what a HUGE difference our trap-neuter-return (TNR) project with them has made? Since the Community Cats Project started last fall, they have sterilized nearly 3,800 community cats, a success that will prevent thousands of unwanted kittens from being born in the years to come. AND we have reached a no-kill status for our shelter cat friends. Isn't that amazing?! If you need help getting free-roaming cats in YOUR neighborhood fixed, please write our partners from Best Friends at -- and go learn more about a FREE spay/neuter clinic for cats happening on Saturday, Aug. 8!

    From all of us at Pima Animal Care Center: Thank YOU for caring so much about our homeless pets while they wait for loving adoptive homes. We could not do what we do without the continued support of our caring community. Adopt, Volunteer, Donate -- and know that together we are saving lives!


    Kristin Barney, Chief of Operations