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  • PACC prepares for high temps in the tent

    Jun 15, 2017 | Read More News
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    PACC tentWith temperatures expected to top 110 degrees this weekend and lasting through Wednesday, Pima Animal Care Center officials will take multiple emergency measures, including offering fee-waived adoptions for all adult dogs, to safeguard the health of the dogs housed in PACC’s tent. 

    “With a triple-digit heat wave on its way, we really need the community’s help to keep our tent dogs healthy and safe,” Karen Hollish, director of development and marketing, said. “If you’ve thought about adopting, fostering, or donating, now is the time.”

    PACC will offer a Heat Wave Adoption Special on adult dogs starting today through Wednesday, June 21. Adoption fees will be waived on all dogs 6 months old and up. Adopters will only have to pay a standard $17 license fee. 

    Additionally, the PACC team of staff and volunteers caring for more than 540 pets at the shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, will take the following steps to ensure pets housed in the tent facility receive the best care possible:
    • Installing extra fans, air-conditioning units and electrical capacity in the tent.
    • Limiting access to the tent facility by the general public, staff and volunteers to maximize the existing cooling system.
    • Housing dogs susceptible to heat exhaustion -- such as dogs who are overweight, elderly, heavy coated, and short nosed –inside the main shelter building.  
    • Making cooling and enrichment treats for the dogs in the tent. 
    “We want to optimize the health and safety of the pets in our custody as well as protect the volunteers and staff who support them,” said Justin Gallick, director of community engagement. “We ask for the public’s patience and collaboration as we tackle this summer season.”  

    PACC will also use its Pet Support Center, which is dedicated to keeping people with their pets, as an additional resource to reduce the number of new surrenders to the shelter. The Center will provide dog owners with alternatives to surrendering their dog to the shelter, and resources to keep their dogs in their homes. Pet owners who must surrender their healthy pet will be asked to wait for an appointment. The Pet Support Center can be reached at (520) 724-PACC.

    During this time, PACC also encourages pet owners to bring their pets indoors and ensure water is available at all times. 

    For more information on how to help PACC’s pets overcome the dire summer temperatures, visit PACC’s webpage. In particular, officials said the shelter needs foster parents and donations

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