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  • Summer months mean lots more cats at PACC

    
By Kristen Auerbach, Director of Animal Services
    By Kristen Auerbach, Director of Animal Services

    Warmer months are on the way, which is a sign that kitten season is almost here. Kristen AuerbachThat means things are about to get very busy at Pima Animal Care Center. In 2018, the shelter cared for about 6,000 cats and kittens. Unlike dogs, who come in relatively steady numbers throughout the year, the majority of cats and kittens that enter PACC do so in the months between late spring and early fall. 


    The new facility has dramatically increased our ability to care for kittens as well as special-needs cats. Unlike in the old shelter where there were no isolation spaces for sick and injured cats and orphaned kittens, the new PACC has special rooms for cats with upper respiratory illnesses, Calicivirus, ringworm and those recovering from other illnesses and injuries. We even have a feline ICU where cats can be monitored by the medical team morning to night. 

    This year, we’ve also made a number of changes to help more cats and kittens during the critically busy summer months. 
    This year, we’ve also made a number of changes to help more cats and kittens during the critically busy summer months. 

1. We’re asking the community to help us save more kittens. Tiny kittens are best cared for by their moms and one of the hardest-to-save groups are young kittens separated from their mothers. Many people in our community see a litter of kittens and thinks they should scoop them up and bring them to PACC, but we’re teaching people that the best thing to do in this case, as long as the kittens appear healthy and are in a safe location, is to leave the kittens alone and monitor them. In most cases, mom will be back shortly to care for her babies and she’s way better than humans at making sure they grow up happy and healthy! As usual, if community members find sick or injured kittens or those in immediate danger, they can be brought to PACC during operating hours. To learn more about this, check out our friends at Alley Cat Allies and their tips on how communities can help save more kittens. https://www.alleycat.org/five-tips-to-help-kittens-this-spring/ 
    1. We’re asking the community to help us save more kittens. Tiny kittens are best cared for by their moms and one of the hardest-to-save groups are young kittens separated from their mothers. Many people in our community see a litter of kittens and thinks they should scoop them up and bring them to PACC, but we’re teaching people that the best thing to do in this case, as long as the kittens appear healthy and are in a safe location, is to leave the kittens alone and monitor them. In most cases, mom will be back shortly to care for her babies and she’s way better than humans at making sure they grow up happy and healthy! As usual, if community members find sick or injured kittens or those in immediate danger, they can be brought to PACC during operating hours. To learn more about this, check out our friends at Alley Cat Allies and their tips on how communities can help save more kittens
    2. With support from the Friends of PACC and various grants, we have new staff helping make sure cats and kittens are receiving the very best care and TLC. We have hired a Critical Care Cat Specialist whose only focus is on cats
      cats with medical needs like illness or injury. We also have a dedicated cat foster coordinator and this year, we have two foster coordinators dedicated to fostering pets with medical issues as well as orphaned babies. For orphaned kittens, foster and rescue are the best lifesaving solutions because they offer round-the-clock support. To foster with PACC, simply e-mail pacc.foster@pima.gov or visit our website
    3. We’re expanding our partnership with the Hermitage No Kill Cat Sanctuary and Rescue to send orphaned kittens to them immediately, rather than having them wait at the shelter for a PACC foster. We’ll still need all hands on deck when it comes to our PACC kitten fosters, but thanks to this partnership, we’ll have a lot more help with kittens whose lives depend on getting to fosters where they can be bottle fed every couple of hours for their first weeks of life. Our lifesaving motto is ‘It takes a village,’ and with this expanded partnership, we’re going to be working together like never before. 
    4. Through Mission Pawsible, led entirely by our dedicated volunteers, we have been able to up our marketing and fundraising for special needs cats. They have DOUBLED the number of adoptions for these types of cats and are there to help the cats who need them the most. Their program is supported by the Friends of PACC. 
    5. We’re asking for your help. You might be surprised to know our cat and kitten volunteer program is relatively small compared to the dog volunteer program. This year, we’re going to be building a larger, more comprehensive volunteer program and we need your help to do it. When you volunteer to help PACC cats, you can do so many fun things, like provide TLC and clicker training to fearful felines, exercise and enrichment for our high energy kitties and medical care and support to cats and kittens with special medical needs. To volunteer with our cat program, visit our website at www.pima.gov/animalcare. Others ways you can help? Become a foster, adopt a PACC pets or donate to support PACC’s lifesaving programs. We couldn’t do it without you! 

We’re getting ready to enter the busiest time of the year at PACC, when the number of cats and kittens in our system at one time, in shelter and foster, will exceed a whopping 1,000 cats and kittens! The very best way you can help us get through the summer months is to spread the word about PACC pets and programs. Every time you share a post on social media or one of our news stories, you help a pet get a new home – it’s really that easy! Visit our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    We’re getting ready to enter the busiest time of the year at PACC, when the number of cats and kittens in our system at one time, in shelter and foster, will exceed a whopping 1,000 cats and kittens! The very best way you can help us get through the summer months is to spread the word about PACC pets and programs. Every time you share a post on social media or one of our news stories, you help a pet get a new home – it’s really that easy! Visit our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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