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  • PACC holding pet supply distribution event

    Feb 23, 2021 | Read More News
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    outreach foodPima Animal Care Center is planning a pet supply distribution event at Mission Manor Elementary School Feb. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. or until supplies run out. Pet owners won’t need to have a pet with them in order to pick up supplies.

    “Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have been asking us for help so that they can keep their pet,’” said Michele Figueroa, Director of Human Animal Support Services, “If we are able to keep a pet in a loving home all for the cost of some food or leashes, we absolutely want to make that happen.”

    PACC has served 2,000 families through this program, distributing 1.3 million meals, and 36,180 pounds of supplies to vulnerable pet owners. This program is funded through the Friends of PACC and food is provided by local donors and by Amazon and Greater Good. PACC distributed goods at 31 sites across the County.

    “We are part of a change in animal welfare, where we try to find solutions to the problems that typically lead to pets ending up in shelters,” Figueroa said.

    There will be a variety of items available including collars, food, leashes, bowls, treats, toys, pet stairs, kitty litter, and much more. There will also be some human-related items too, like laundry detergent, blankets, hygiene products, and more.
    Attendees will enter in the bus lane off Santa Clara.

    Pima County Supervisor Adelita Grijalva will be attending the event, as well.

    “This pandemic has hit many in our community,” Supervisor Grijalva said. “I'm glad to be able to support the PACC in this effort. Thank you for helping pet owners in need keep their pets.”

    This outreach is all part of the Human Animal Support Services program. PACC received an average of 3,000 calls per month from people who need assistance to keep their pet, are seeking to rehome their pet, or who need information or guidance. The Friends of PACC Keeping Families Together fund provided support for 529 owners to keep their pets.  Friends of PACC is continually working to raise more funds to support these efforts. For anyone who would like to help, they can donate at friendsofpacc.org.

    "Friends of PACC's goal is to help create great outcomes for all the pets that PACC serves," stated Laura O'Brien, Friends of PACC Board Chair. "There is no better outcome than keeping a loving family together, and our supporters have helped us make that a reality for hundreds of families."

    The shelter is open for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. All non-emergency appointments will require an appointment. People can make their appointments and keep up with the operational changes at pima.gov/animalcare.