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  • PACC receives grants to help with COVID-19 response

    May 05, 2020 | Read More News
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    taking care of a petPIMA COUNTY –Banfield Foundation and South Fork Foundation have awarded Pima Animal Care Center and Friends of PACC two generous COVID-19 Response Grants. Together, it’s $15,000 to cover veterinary expenses for pets whose families qualify for PACC’s assistance program.

    The grant will cover a variety of needs to a pet that lives in a home facing hardship because of COVID-19. This can be due to illness, job loss, financial insecurity, or any other challenges related to the pandemic. As services are extremely limited, appointments are made on a referral basis from social services agencies and PACC partner groups. PACC hopes to expand this pilot program over the coming months as more funding becomes available. 
    “PACC now has an opportunity to help people and pets impacted by COVID,” says PACC Director, Kristen Hassen. “We are here to help pets owned by people who have gotten sick or faced financial distress in this unprecedented event.” 

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, there is currently no evidence that people can get COVID-19 from pets. The best place for a pet is in the home they know and love. Now is the time for pet owners to start making plans for their pets in case they get sick. PACC recently sent a news release with details on how to make the best plan.

    The shelter is currently taking in 20 to 40 pets each day. Because of this, PACC is asking the public for help regarding healthy, friendly stray pets. Finders are encouraged to file a found report and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate their pet and reduce the number of pets coming into the shelter. Keeping area shelters free of long-term care animals allows them to be better prepared for the onset of kitten season as well as the ongoing need to respond to cruelty, neglect and other animals who are in immediate danger or have emergency needs. 

    PACC has also changed their day-to-day operations. People must now have an appointment in order to come to the shelter. To make an appointment, read up on the current procedure at pima.gov/animalcare and on the PACC social media accounts to stay on top of the ever-changing situation. 

    Pet owners can apply for the program here. Please note, this program is for non-surgical medical issues like ear infections, allergies, and urinary tract infections. Things like cancer treatments, surgeries, and dental care is not covered by this program.

    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.