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  • PACC resumes pet adoptions Nov. 16

    Nov 15, 2016 | Read More News
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    adopt from PACCPima Animal Care Center officials announced Nov. 15 that they will resume pet adoptions at their shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, starting Nov. 16 at noon. To celebrate its restored adoptions, the shelter will waive the adoption fee for all pets, including puppies and kittens, through Nov. 20. 

    On Nov. 9, PACC officials decided to halt pet admissions and adoptions to combat two canine-related illnesses, Distemper and Strep zoo, that could be deadly if not quickly treated. While only 13 dogs tested positive for either disease, shelter staff reduced services as an extra precaution to prevent these diseases from spreading into the community. 

    Since the announcement last week, PACC officials successfully isolated all of the possibly exposed dogs into the main shelter to continue their prophylactic antibiotic treatment. They also cleared and disinfected the tent to house healthy dogs, which PACC’s law enforcement officers may have brought in since Nov. 9 as part of the center’s mandated services.

    The shelter’s medical staff said all of the dogs have responded well to the treatment and they have not had any new cases of Distemper or Strep zoo. In addition, they affirmed that during this process all of PACC’s shelter cats and kittens remained healthy and unaffected by the diseases, which primarily impact only canines. 

    The shelter will resume adoptions on Nov. 16 with the new group of healthy dogs living in the tent and its existing cat population. The dogs living at the main shelter will not be available for adoption until they finish their antibiotic treatment. 

    Pima Animal Care’s free adoption special will apply to all pets, including puppies and kittens who normally carry a $50 adoption fee. In addition to the waived adoption fee, all adopted pets will come spayed or neutered, with up-to-date vaccinations, microchipped, and a free vet visit. This special applies to pets adopted from PACC’s main shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road and will extend to those at five participating PetSmart locations. A $17 licensing fee may apply to adult dogs.

    While the shelter has restored adoptions, its voluntary pet surrenders from owners will remain on hold until a later time. Those who need to surrender a pet during this time can call PACC’s Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222. Staff and volunteers will work with individuals who find strays to place them with partner welfare agencies or assist them with rehoming those pets to their appropriate owners. 

    To see the pets available for adoption and for more information about the shelter, please visit PACC’s website.  

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