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We made it: 12,000 animals saved - and counting!

Jun 24, 2013 | Read More News
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The staff at Pima Animal Care Center wants to send a big shout out to the community for helping us reach ourPACC goal of saving 12,000 animals by July 1. With your help, we were able to top last year, when we were able to save 11,364 animals.

Newlyweds Robert and Rachel Jentoft, both 26, had been talking about getting a dog for the past few months. Robert, a Tucson native whose grandfather adopted a German Shepherd from Pima Animal Care Center earlier this year, thought he would stop in and have a look. Raised with malamutes, he was interested in a similar dog.

It just so happened that 2-year-old Siberian Husky, Samurai, “Sam” for short, was looking for a new home after his owners relinquished him following a foreclosure.

The trio hit it off and soon, the couple was already talking about buying a kiddie pool for the back yard and introducing Sam to bacon. Staff at the adoption center gave them a round of applause and a gift basket filled with treats and toys.

Asked for her reaction to landing on 12,000, Rachel said, “I think it’s awesome. That’s a big number.” Robert added that the two had talked about the importance of rescuing a dog, if possible. “We had that in our minds for some time because there are just too many dogs out there that need homes.”

Pima Animal Care Center Manager Kim Janes said he was thrilled to reach the goal, but wished every single adoption could have been celebrated to the same degree. “The first adoption of the year, and every one after that, was no less significant. We appreciate every single person and every single rescue partner who has helped us save a life this year. And while we’re grateful to have reached our goal, I don’t see why we should stop there! We have plenty more animals like Sam that are looking for loving families.”

Adoption fees for the rest of June are $12 for dogs. Cats over the age of four months are free.