Contingency Funding

 noneAs you may know, at the Pima Animal Care Center we average nearly 60 pets per day at intake and only around 40 per day live releases.   We aim to do better, and want to eliminate euthanasia of treatable, rehabilitatable pets.

Our solution has been to hold pets longer, resulting in more per kennel. This has placed additional stress on animals and raises the risk of illness.

 As evidenced by the latest memorandum from the County Administrator to the Board of Supervisors, the County is again increasing its support to help the homeless pets in this county.   We are energized by this and will continue to do all we can to maximize this additional support.

With approval from the Board of Supervisors, an additional $242,000 will be allocated to hire four animal care technicians for the Shelter, one more for the clinic, one specialist to increase rescue/special needs/offsite adoption capacity and one specialist to research and manage grant funding to establish a larger treatment program and increase spay neuter support, especially for community feral cat trap-neuter-return programs.  

We will also increase the number of inmates to aid cleaning the additional kennel space. As the hoped-for funding to treat more pets increases, we will need more capacity to provide the place and the people to care for those pets. We need to explore establishing a broader-based foster program for our long term rescue animals and uri cats. We also need to strengthen efforts to find homes quicker for the pets in the shelter. Adding the rescue/special needs/offsite specialist to the rescue and adoption team is the first step in quickening our pace in rehoming pets.

The temporary tent to alleviate immediate and ongoing overcrowding will be placed on the hill and I hope to share a drawing soon. It will be in place until the County replaces it with a permanent more modern facility. 

I have other initiatives, including but not limited to cats, that I hope to launch soon but must clear with my boss before announcing further programs to aid the County in helping our Community with our homeless pet needs.  

These actions along with others in process and the great effort and service we- staff, volunteers, rescue partners, community partners, the media and citizens- are now able to invest in our pets will launch Pima County further and faster towards no more homeless pets. I am grateful to be serving with this wonderful team and appreciate your support and feedback as we continue to move through this exciting time.  

Gratefully, Kim
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Animal Care Center

4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 724-5900
FAX: (520) 724-5960


Monday to Friday
noon to 7 p.m.*

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

*Must be checked in to wait list 45 minutes before close to be seen in adoption and admission department.

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1249 N Well Rd
Ajo, AZ 85321
(520) 387-7502


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Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
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