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  • After holiday, PACC at critical capacity, housing 597 pets

    Jul 05, 2017 | Read More News
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    In the face of critical overcrowding and an expected influx of lost pets frightened by the holiday fireworks, Pima Animal Care Center will offer a Meowt of Room Sale starting immediately and lasting through Sunday, July 9. Shelter officials will waive adoption fees on all dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, and also waive redemption fees for pet owners who lost their pets and want to get them back. 

    “Our team has only two empty kennels for incoming cats, and five empty kennels for incoming dogs,” said Karen Hollish, PACC director of development and marketing. “We are in a critical space crisis and need our community’s help.”

    kittensBetween the morning of July 4 and 4 p.m. on July 5, the shelter took in 50 pets, and its Pet Support Center fielded dozens of lost and found reports from members of the public. Currently PACC is caring for 597 pets, including 335 dogs and 262 cats. Historically, during the days after July 4, the shelter takes in more than 100 pets, many of whom escaped during the fireworks and were injured by cars. Beyond the pets housed at its 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. location, PACC has several dozen cats and kittens waiting for adoption at local PetSmart stores, as well as hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in foster care. 

    To make room for more pets, PACC officials have offered to waive the adoption fee on all pets located at the shelter and five local PetSmart adoption locations. Additionally, staff will waive the redemption fees for pet owners whose pets became lost and ended up at PACC. The only fee that may apply to those who adopt a pet or redeem their lost pet is a $17 licensing fee for adult dogs. 

    PACC’s shelter is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. 

    PACC encourages individuals looking for a new pet to visit its main shelter. Likewise, those who have lost their pet, should call PACC’s Pet Support Center at 520-724-7222 and also check PACC’s Lost and Found Pets webpage and its Lost Pets Pima County Twitter feed frequently, as new pets arrive each day. Pet owners should visit local shelters daily, as well. 

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