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  • PACC rescues 38 emaciated cats from central Tucson home

    Jul 19, 2017 | Read More News
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    On July 18, team members from Pima Animal Care Center’s Field Services Unit rescued 38 cats and kittens from a home in central Tucson. PACC officials said the cats had been living amongst feet-high piles of garbage, bugs, and waste.

    “These cats will need lifesavers. Despite the conditions they’ve been living under, they’re all friendly, beautiful and highly adoptable, and even as they were being removed from the home, they were seeking affection from our officers,” said new PACC director, Kristen Auerbach.

    PACC rescues catsThe case is still under investigation and the cats will require intensive medical care, as they are emaciated, anemic and suffering with severe upper respiratory infections. Two have been hospitalized and they are being monitored for both ringworm and herpes. 

    “These cats exemplify the incredible resilience of animals. They’re all eating and drinking and eager for human affection. With the community’s help, we will place every one in a loving, permanent home once they become available for adoption,” Auerbach said.

    Auerbach encourages community members who cannot adopt, to can help PACC save these pets by fostering, or by making a tax-deductible donation to PACC’s Medical Fund, which helps provide lifesaving care to pets like these cats. Funds are needed to provide much-needed dental work, to treat ear and respiratory infections, and to provide surgeries, including eye surgery, tumor removals, and sterilizations.

    PACC staff will provide an update when the cats become available for adoption. Currently, the shelter has nearly 600 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens waiting for new homes. 

    “This is one of the most critical times of the year, as we are completely full and relying on our adopters and rescue partners to step up and save lives,” Auerbach stated. 

    PACC’s shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., is open for adoptions from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Additionally, PACC cats are available at five PetSmart Adoption Centers

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