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  • PACC receives $85k grant from PetSmart Charities to continue adoption program

    Mar 13, 2017 | Read More News
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    PACC van funded by PetSmart CharitiesAfter finding families for more than 2,300 homeless dogs and cats at area PetSmart stores since September 2015, Pima Animal Care Center has received a grant for more than $85,000 from PetSmart Charities – the leading funder of animal welfare in North America – to continue its lifesaving offsite adoption program.

    The grant will fund another full year of the program, which relies on a grant-funded offsite adoptions coordinator to facilitate dog and cat adoptions at local PetSmart stores. Since the program started on Sept. 7, 2015, more than 1,800 PACC cats and 500 PACC dogs have found families from area PetSmart stores. 

    “PetSmart Charities is a driving force behind every lifesaving initiative that’s happened at PACC,” said Karen Hollish, PACC director of development and marketing. “From feeding high-quality food to our dogs, to staffing our Pet Support Center, to sustaining our offsite adoption program, we wouldn’t be where we are today without PetSmart Charities’ investments in our community.”

    PACC officials said the program is having a deeply positive impact on the organization beyond the thousands of adoptions that have been conducted so far offsite. Due in large part to the high visibility PACC cats receive at PetSmart, they are finding homes faster than ever. In 2014, the average length of stay for a cat in PACC’s care was 19 days; in 2016, the average length of stay for a PACC cat was only 7 days. In most cases, PACC cats who go to PetSmart stores find homes even more quickly than the average, with kittens often leaving the store within hours or even minutes of their arrival. 

    Since PACC cats are finding homes more quickly and their stay in the shelter is less crowded, they are also less likely to experience stress and common shelter illnesses such as upper-respiratory infection (URI). In 2016, 32 percent fewer cats required treatment for URI at PACC compared to 2014. 

    “This program not only saves lives through adoptions, it saves our resources for other pets, as we do not have to care for as many sick cats,” Hollish said. “We can’t thank PetSmart Charities enough for what they’ve done for PACC.”

    “Pima Animal Care Center has been a long-time partner of PetSmart Charities and continues to do incredible work to save the lives of pets in the Tucson community,” said Jenny Aho, regional relationship manager at Phoenix-based PetSmart Charities. “We are excited to partner with them in 2017 in an effort to find lifelong, loving forever homes for even more pets and reduce pet homelessness in our home state.”

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