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  • Maddie’s Fund awards $573,536 grant to PACC

    Oct 13, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center has received a $573,536 grant from Maddie’s Fund® to create a large-scale, high volume foster program. With this grant, PACC plans to expand its foster program, so that more pets’ lives can be saved in Pima County and PACC can serve as a nationwide model for other large municipal shelters wishing to replicate its lifesaving success.

    “Our existing foster program targets very young animals as well as pets recovering from illnesses in injuries,” said Kristen Auerbach, Director of Animal Care Services at PACC. “This grant will allow us to help a population which isn’t typically considered for foster – healthy, adult dogs and cats.”

    The 3-year-long grant from Maddie’s Fund®, a family foundation based in California that’s dedicated to creating a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat, will fund three new critically needed positions at PACC, as well as program supplies. 

    “Our permanent foster coordinator will continue to dedicate her time to medically vulnerable populations while grant-funded coordinators will aim to save healthy, adult pets through placing them in loving foster homes,” Auerbach said.

    Through this expanded foster care program – called “A Foster Home for Every Pet” in the grant proposal – PACC aims to not only save the lives of more pets, but ultimately also decrease the length-of-stay for adult cats and dogs, reduce the overall number of pets housed at PACC, and providing a lifesaving pathway for pets who experience emotional decline due to the stress of living in the shelter environment. 

    In Fiscal Year 2017, 1,225 pets went through the foster program at PACC. The vast majority of these were kittens and puppies, and pets with treatable medical conditions. Auerbach expects that number to increase significantly with the increased support from Maddie’s Fund.

    “This is a game changing project for shelter pets,” said Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, Director of Research at Maddie’s Fund. “PACC, under Kristen Auerbach’s leadership, was our first choice for implementing this project because she has a history of implementing and sustaining ground-breaking programs to save dog and cat lives. PACC is a leading municipal shelter and serves as a model for other municipal shelters around the country.”

    PACC will soon post the positions for the program, expected to commence later this year. To sign up as a PACC foster parent, visit

    To read Maddie’s release on this award click here

    Pima Animal Care Center is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie’s Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.

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