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  • PACC makes plans for Bighorn Fire evacuation order

    Jun 11, 2020 | Read More News
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    Picture of dogsPIMA COUNTY– Emergency officials put an evacuation order and pre-evacuation advisory in place for people living near the Bighorn Fire, which is burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Pima Animal Care Center has a plan in place to board pets for the evacuated residents. 

    “When you are in the middle of an emergency it can be overwhelming to figure out the best way to take care of your family and pets,” said Kristen Hassen, Director of Animal Services. “We want to put folks at ease by helping them with their pets so that they can focus on other things like taking care of the humans in their family.”  

    If you need to make an arrangement with the shelter to take your pet, please call (520) 724-5961. The after hours number is (520) 724-5900 and press 4. PACC will be making room for these pets in the kennels throughout the shelter. Fortunately, there are many pets in foster care so the shelter already had some immediately available space for these dogs and cats. 

    “Pets are family,” Hassen said. “The shelter is already working hard to make sure these evacuated pets get plenty of enrichment in our care.”

    The shelter is equipped to care for dogs, cats, birds, and pocket pets like gerbils, hamsters, rats, etc. PACC is also working with the Pima County Fairgrounds if additional space is needed. People with livestock can contact Martina Gonzales at (520) 419-2369.

    If you would like to make a donation to help provide care for these pets, please head to the Friends of PACC website at friendsofpacc.org and choose “Greatest Need” as your donation category. You can also purchase items from the Amazon Wish List at http://bit.ly/ShopPACCPets.

    For information about the Bighorn Fire, please head to: http://www.pima.gov/Bighorn 
    You can sign up for Pima County Emergency Alert information here:  https://emergencyalerts.pima.gov/
    Find out more about the Ready, Set, Go program here:  https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go