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Forget-Me-Not Special: Help us adopt 72 longtimers in 72 hours

Aug 21, 2013 | Read More News
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Butters, a 5-year-old Sharpei mix, has been a guest at the Pima Animal Care Center longer than any other pet at 72 for 72the adoption center.

The mellow and affectionate guy was picked up on May 18 at the Reid Park golf course.

Butters gets along great with other dogs, but he has seen many of his shelter friends find new homes and we’re hoping it’s his turn soon.

Pima Animal Care Center is running a Forget-Me-Not Special to help 72 of our longest-staying guests, like Butters, find homes within 72 hours.

Every one of the 72 pets on the list will be FREE this weekend, Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 25. License fees, which are $15 for spayed or neutered dogs, still apply.

Assignment editors: Volunteers will help gussy up some of the longtimers with a Thursday dog wash, beginning at 10 a.m. so they’re ready to impress for their big weekend.

It’s hard to say why some dogs get overlooked at the shelter, although there are a variety of reasons it happens. Sometimes, they’re shy and frightened, so their personalities don’t shine through. Conversely, sometimes they’re a little too excited about the prospect of going home. They’re usually adults and usually mixed breeds (or what we like to call Sonoran purebreds) and they don’t get the attention that some of the puppies or purebreds do.

But the amount of time they stay with us is no reflection of the type of family member they’ll be once they are exposed to love and attention.

It was Henry David Thoreau who wrote that the forget-me-not was all “the more beautiful for being small and unpretending; even flowers must be modest.”

Like those little blue flowers, our longtimers are ready to share unexpected beauty.

See if you have space in your home and heart for one of them. And if not, we have plenty more to choose from. We’re open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekends and from noon until 7 p.m. on weekdays.