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  • PACC asking for public’s help to save lives

    Mar 12, 2020 | Read More News
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    Picture of a dog  PIMA COUNTY –Pima Animal Care Center is asking people to avoid surrendering healthy pets, following the guidance provided by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). NACA is advising animal shelters to take extra measures to reduce shelter intake to mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19.

    Kristen Hassen, Director of Animal Services at PACC, said adoptions will continue, and Animal Protection Officers will continue to answer high priority and emergency calls. Those calls include injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, dangerous and aggressive dog complaints, and more.

    “The change will mostly impact the owner surrender appointments,” Hassen said. “About 40% of the pets who enter PACC are given up by their owners. We are asking owners who are not facing an immediate crisis to hold their pets for up to four weeks, and to surrender at a later date. For any pet owners who need to surrender immediately, we will still take their pets at their scheduled intake time.”

    Fosters needed: The shelter is also looking for around 200 “on call” emergency fosters, who can take home a pet if PACC reaches critical capacity. PACC will need fosters for all types of pets but housing for medium and large dogs and pets with medical issues will be most needed. PACC provides vet care, crates, supplies, and food. People can sign up to be an on-call emergency foster caregiver here.

    “Our main focus at this point is on reducing the overall number of animals housed at the shelter,” Hassen said. “We’ve had higher-than-usual intake and fewer outcomes for the past 10 days and we anticipate that trend worsening. It’s a predictable pattern that occurs any time people feel uncertain or worried. Because PACC operates at or near capacity, reducing intakes and maintaining outcomes is essential to avoid overcrowding in the shelter.”

    People who can’t adopt or foster can make a donation to PACC’s official nonprofit partner, Friends of PACC. They are currently working to raise $10,000 to bolster outreach efforts, stock fostering supplies, and prepare to help families in need with boarding of their pets if needed. Donations can be made at www.friendsofpacc.org/support-us.

    Critical items can also be purchased directly from the shelter’s Amazon Wish List and shipped directly to PACC. Most needed items are: large crates and 42” or larger exercise pens.

    Found a stray pet? PACC is also asking people who find friendly stray pets to consider fostering them until the shelter can resume normal operations. Pets typically stay pretty close to home when they go missing, so this helps get pets home much more quickly, without having to endure the stress of the shelter. Stray finders can take the pet to a vet clinic or to PACC to check for a microchip, file a found report, and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate it. 

    Plan ahead: Pet owners are encouraged to make plans for their pets in case someone in the home falls ill. People should stock up on two extra weeks of pet supplies and identify a pet sitter who can help out if the pet owner becomes hospitalized. 

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement saying there is no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. 

    For information about local impacts of coronavirus on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the Pima County Health Department website: www.pima.gov/covid19.

    For people who would like to adopt a pet, the shelter is holding an “O’Doptions Sale.” All pets four months and up have $17 adoption fees. There is an additional $20 licensing fee per each adopted dog. PACC is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, open Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.