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  • PACC successfully moves into new shelter

    Phase 1 and 2 of PACC’s shelter fully operational; tent no longer needed

    On June 23, Pima Animal Care Center staff and volunteers walked more than 100 dogs to their new kennel space inside Phase 2 of the new shelter, bringing an end to PACC’s circus-style tent and marking a new beginning for dogs at PACC.
    PACC Move In

    “This move was a significant day in PACC history,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “We are forever grateful to the tent for helping us save so many lives over the past four years.” 

    In 2014, Pima County installed a temporary tent at the shelter to relieve mass overcrowding and end the necessity of euthanasia due to lack of space. Throughout its duration, PACC officials estimate the tent saved an estimated 25,000 homeless dogs in Pima County. 

    Thanks to a bond approved by voters in November 2014, PACC no longer needs this temporary fixture. The shelter now operates from a state-of-the-art building equipped with an in-house veterinary clinic, admissions area, separate dog and cat housing areas and the newly opened dog housing runs, which replaced the function of the tent.  

    “This new facility is a game-changer for people and animals in Pima County. Our community can now be certain that if their pet ever ends up lost or homeless for any reason, it will be landing in one of the best, safest animal shelters in the entire country,” Auerbach said. 

    Although Phase 1 and 2 of PACC’s new shelter are now fully operational, contractors will remain on site for a few more months to work on landscaping, solar installation and removing the tent, which is slated to happen June 30. 

    Haven’t been to PACC in the last year? Stop by and see the improvements your tax dollars made toward improving the lives of homeless animals in Pima County. PACC’s shelter is open noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

    For additional information on PACC and the services it provides to pets and the community, please visit the shelter’s Facebook page or website at
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