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  • PACC sees big jump in number of cats at shelter

    Feb 12, 2021 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center has taken in nearly 150 cats and kittens this week alone and is expecting 100+ additional cats over the next week and a half.

    These cats come from several different types of situations including overwhelmed caregivers, people who have passed away, some Animal Protective Services investigations, and more.

    “This is quite a lot of pets within such a short period,’” said Monica Dangler, interim director of animal services. “We know that things are tough for pet owners out there, but it doesn’t have to get to this level. Our pet support team is here to discuss options and find solutions for these difficult situations.”

    People experiencing crisis can contact the Pet Support Center by visiting the website here. The team averages around 3,000 calls a month.

    “The Pet Support team was always an important part of PACC, but since the pandemic started we are seeing the needs of our community grow exponentially,” Dangler said. “We are here to help the pets and people of Pima County.”

    Right now, many of these cats are not yet available to adopt while PACC’s clinic is evaluating and treating them. However, currently 343 pets reside in the shelter who do need homes, along with 567 more in foster care who also need forever homes.

    Potential adopters can look through the lists at pima.gov/adopt, fill out the cat or dog survey, and then pick out an appointment time. 

     People must have an appointment to visit the shelter, unless it is an emergency. For emergencies, please call 724-5900 and press 4. To keep up with the ever-changing situation, bookmark the PACC website at pima.gov/animalcare and follow the PACC social media accounts.

    PACC is offering a special adoption promotion through Feb. 28. Anyone who spends at least $30 in the lobby store can get a free adoption for an adult pet. Details are here.

    For anyone who cannot foster or adopt, they can help by donating to Friends of Pima Animal Care Center. Friends of PACC is the official nonprofit partner to Pima Animal Care Center, and relies on grants and individual donations to support the life-saving work of the shelter. People can make their donations at friendsofpacc.org.