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  • PACC waives redemption fees for lost pets

    May 26, 2017 | Read More News
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    Starting Memorial Day weekend, Pima Animal Care Center will waive the redemption fee for all pets to encourage owners to claim their four-legged friends and help the shelter’s continuing overcrowding crisis. 

    PACC lost petsSince May 1, PACC has taken in 1,264 pets. Of those, 764 came in as strays, which includes 461 dogs and 303 cats. While some of them have a microchip, the registration information is often outdated and shelter staff cannot contact the respective pet owners. 

    “We want to simplify the process for reuniting pets with their families,” said Karen Hollish, director of development and marketing. “It’s evident many of the pets we find have owners because they’re healthy and well taken care of. Some even have a collar, but because they have no license tags, we can’t contact their families.”

    To ease the burden on families, PACC will waive the redemption fees, which are normally an average of $120, if owners agree to have their unaltered pets spayed or neutered. In addition, the shelter will not charge owners for the surgery. A $17 licensing fee, however, will apply to all previously unlicensed dogs. 

    This redemption special will continue through the end of summer, which is the busiest season of the year for shelter staff and a time when many pets become lost, particularly during the firework celebrations on July 4. Shelter staff may extend the special further if it’s successful in returning more pets their owners.

    If you or someone you know has recently lost a pet, visit PACC’s shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road or contact the Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222 for help reuniting with your pet. 

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