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  • Your votes are in: Meet Oliver, Pima County’s poster dog

    May 07, 2013 | Read More News
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    In May 2009, Pima Animal Care Center picked up a little dog at a busy intersection, with no tag and no microchip,Superdog Oliver and then helped him find a home that would give him all the love he could want.

    Now that the community has voted for a favorite in a field of five worthy and adorable finalists, Oliver is returning the favor as the new face of responsible pet ownership for Pima Animal Care Center. A bit of a ham already, the ever-exuberant Oliver will beon posters in the community, encouraging owners to license their dogs.

    Licensing is the law, but it also helps ensure our staff members can reunite you with your dog if he or she ever gets lost. Meanwhile, the $15 fee for a spayed or neutered dog helps us shelter abandoned animals and protect neighborhoods. And since rabies vaccinations are required for licensing, it helps ensure the whole community is safer.

    Oliver will be enjoying a free photo session with pet photographerAnn-Eve Cunningham. And while poster dogs don’t have quite the dietary demandsof other cover models, Oliver nevertheless will be donating his treats back tothe shelter pets at Pima Animal Care Center.

    Oliver is no stranger to high-profile roles. Since being adopted, Oliver has become a Certified Pet Therapy dog, making regular visits to local hospitals and assisted living homes. He also raises awareness about pet adoption and rescue as an ambassador for, a national public service adoption and rescue campaign. To learn more about Oliver, check out

    “It is such an honor and joy every day to share my little rescue dog with his giant spirit,” said Oliver’s petmom, Laurie Gaetano. “It means so much that Oliver gets to represent shelterpets as part of this campaign!”

    Of course, there are many great dogs just like Oliver waiting for love, so if you’re looking for a pet, please visit our adoption center at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, or visit

    Photos: Scott Rich Photography