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  • July 4 pet safety tips and adoption event at PACC

    Jun 28, 2016 | Read More News
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    dog wearing ThunderShirtEach year, the Pima Animal Care Center gets slammed with lost and injured pets who were frightened by Fourth of July fireworks. With the holiday right around the corner, PACC offers tips to keep pets from becoming startled and hosts a free – Clear the Shelter – adoption event July 1 – 3 to make room for the anticipated lost pet influx. 

    The days following the Fourth of July holiday have become a busy time of year for PACC and other shelters across the nation. During July 4 – 8 of 2015, PACC had an average daily intake of 109 pets each day taking in a total of 407 dogs and 140 cats.
    To cut down on the number of pets who become lost during this time, PACC recommends pet owners follow these tips:
    • Keep your pets inside during the fireworks.
    • Make sure your pet wears proper up-to-date identification in case he becomes lost.
    • Provide your pet with calming and distracting items, such as classical music, a ThunderShirt, or enrichment toys like a KONG filled with peanut butter.
    In addition to offering tips to keep pets safe, PACC officials have taken steps to handle a heavy influx of pets post-Fourth of July. 

    Starting July 1, PACC will host a three-day Clear the Shelter adoption event waiving the adoption fee and reservation fee, which is normally $50, for all pets. The waived adoption fee will include the pet’s spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, and a free vet visit. PACC will honor the adoption event special at its shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, and all four offsite PetSmart adoption centers

    “Our goal is to adopt out as many pets as possible before July 4 to prevent us from becoming overcrowded and reaching shelter capacity,” said Justin Gallick, PACC’s director of community engagement.

    Visit PACC’s website to find out more about PACC and view all its adoptable pets.

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