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  • In the Dog House with Fig

    Jan 30, 2020 | Read More News
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    Michele and a dogPIMA COUNTY – Valentine’s Day is almost here, and Pima Animal Care Center has a special event planned for the holiday. Michele Figueroa, Internal Operations Manager, will be spending a week in one of the shelter’s kennels with one of the pets who has been at PACC the longest.

    Figueroa has worked at the shelter for 15 years. She volunteered for the gig.

    “The hope is to highlight how important fostering is for a pet’s well-being,” she said. “While we work very hard to provide a safe, comfortable environment, we can’t deny that it is still stressful and often noisy.”

    There will be a special kickoff on Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the shelter. Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, the official nonprofit partner to PACC, is sponsoring the event and will have snacks and giveaways. Figueroa will go into the kennel with a pup at 5 o’clock. There, she will hand out free adoption coupons to the public until closing. Figueroa will stay in the kennel every night through Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

    Kristen Hassen, Director of Animal Services, said this shows just how dedicated the staffers and volunteers are at PACC.
    “We are so lucky to have such a dedicated crew here!” Hassen said. “They do their best and work so hard, but the best place for a pet is in a home with a loving person.”

    Figueroa will have an air mattress, a phone, and a laptop so that she can document her experiences. The public is encouraged to watch the live streams on the PACC Facebook page during the week because there will be prize drawings for those who donate $14 or more to the Friends of PACC between Feb. 10 and Feb. 14.

    The shelter is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. Anyone interested in adopted can stop by or take a look at PACC’s website. The adoption price covers a microchip, spay or neuter surgery, and up-to-date vaccinations. There is a $20 licensing fee per dog.