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  • PACC and two local animal shelters partner to rescue 25 dogs

    Jan 25, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center, The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and Hope Animal Shelter partnered up this week to rescue and rehome 25 German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever-mix dogs whose owner passed away in December.

    On Thursday morning, PACC Animal Protection Officers, accompanied by shelter staff from all three organizations, arrived at the home where the dogs were located, in an unincorporated neighborhood in Pima County near Marana. The dogs are medium and large-sized-dogs, who have spent their entire lives in a backyard on the property with little interaction from humans. A family member has been providing food and water for the dogs since the owner passed away. In addition, PACC visited the home two weeks ago and took in eight of the 25 dogs.

    Adam Ricci and dogs“We knew the dogs were in a safe situation, receiving food and water, but ultimately, the family needs to find homes for them and they asked for our help,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach, who was on scene Thursday to assist in the rescue effort. “We took eight of the dogs a couple of weeks ago, focusing on those with medical issues and went back today to get the rest of them.”

    The dogs will be divided up among the three organizations and will receive vaccinations, spay or neuter surgeries and behavioral support.

    “This is a team effort, and HSSA is proud to be part of it,” said Brandy Burke, Chief Operations Officer at The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, who was also on scene Thursday. “Our community has made real strides in the past few years, funding the bond for PACC and donating to local animal welfare groups, so that when situations like this occur, we have the ability to step in and assist. So, this is not only a team effort on the part of the three organizations here today, it is really a community effort.”

    These dogs have lived with other dogs, but are fearful of humans and shy. Some can walk on a leash while others still have to be carried.

    “They’re shy and scared because they’re being taken away from the only home they’ve ever known,” said Rory Adams, Shelter Director for Hope Animal Shelter. “Ultimately, the thing that will help them the most is to go to foster and adoptive homes. We will need the community’s help to make that happen.”

    If you’re interested in adopting or fostering one of these rescued dogs, please visit each organization’s social media outlets and pet listing websites to find out when the dogs become available. PACC currently needs immediate fosters for at least eight of the dogs. To foster one of these pets, please email PACC’s foster coordinator at pacc.foster@pima.gov.