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  • Lost and found season is here

    Jun 02, 2021 | Read More News
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    woman with a puppyPIMA COUNTY, June 2, 2021 – In hopes of clearing out space to make room for incoming homeless pets, Pima Animal Care Center is offering $0 adoptions for pets 4 months or older. Kittens and puppies will cost $50 each, and a $20 licensing fee per adopted dog will apply during the promotion, which will last through July 16.

    PACC has taken in 623 pets in the last seven days, many of them lost or strays. 

    “We’ve had several days in the last week where we took in almost 100 pets,” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “We are working hard to get that many out as well, but we aren’t always able to break even during these high-intake summer days.”

If adopting a pet full-time is not doable, PACC is also looking for folks who can help foster pets to clear out some kennels, even if it’s only for a couple weeks. Petco Love has deemed June “National Foster a Pet Month.” PACC has an urgent need for kitten fosters and people who can foster mother dogs along with their puppies. People who are interested in fostering can head to pima.gov/foster or just come by the shelter. 

    “We’ve had several days in the last week where we took in almost 100 pets,” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “We are working hard to get that many out as well, but we aren’t always able to break even during these high-intake summer days.”

    If adopting a pet full-time is not doable, PACC is also looking for folks who can help foster pets to clear out some kennels, even if it’s only for a couple weeks. Petco Love has deemed June “National Foster a Pet Month.” PACC has an urgent need for kitten fosters and people who can foster mother dogs along with their puppies. People who are interested in fostering can head to pima.gov/foster or just come by the shelter. 

    “We’ve had several days in the last week where we took in almost 100 pets,” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “We are working hard to get that many out as well, but we aren’t always able to break even during these high-intake summer days.”

If adopting a pet full-time is not doable, PACC is also looking for folks who can help foster pets to clear out some kennels, even if it’s only for a couple weeks. Petco Love has deemed June “National Foster a Pet Month.” PACC has an urgent need for kitten fosters and people who can foster mother dogs along with their puppies. People who are interested in fostering can head to pima.gov/foster or just come by the shelter. 
    For those who cannot adopt or foster, another way to help is by making a donation to PACC’s official nonprofit partner, Friends of Pima Animal Care Center. These funds help the foster care system, the Pet Support System, and much more. 

    Most of the animals making their way into the shelter right now are stray pets. PACC typically sees an increase in strays throughout the warmer months, and this spring has seen 75 to 100 pets arriving daily. 

    “It’s always busy during the summer, but we are seeing so many lost pets that likely have owners looking for them,” Dangler said. “Our hearts always break when we see a dog or cat that clearly has been taken care of and probably just wandered out of its loving home.”

    PACC has some tips to help pet owners find their pet quickly if it becomes lost:

    • Get your pet microchipped and make sure the information is up to date: https://www.freepetchipregistry.com/  
    • Make sure your pet has a secure collar with a tag that is up to date. Collar tags in our Central Pet Lobby store are FREE right now with the purchase of a collar! This sale will run through July 3. 
    • Make a Lost report as SOON as the pet goes missing.
    • Upload your pet to PetcoLoveLost.com. They will use facial recognition to match up lost and found reports.
    • Post your pet on social media sites like Facebook, Nextdoor and Pawboost.
    • More lost and found tips can be found on the lost and found site.

    PACC is also waiving redemption fees for lost pets who find themselves in a kennel. To see if your pet is at the shelter, check the intake hourly, as it changes throughout the day.

 Another way people can help the shelter is by hanging onto those friendly stray pets that they find roaming in their neighborhood. Chances are that pet likely belongs to one of their neighbors. Pets that stay in the area where they are found also have an 80 percent chance of making it home versus the 20 percent when they are brought to the shelter.

    PACC is also waiving redemption fees for lost pets who find themselves in a kennel. To see if your pet is at the shelter, check the intake hourly, as it changes throughout the day.

Another way people can help the shelter is by hanging onto those friendly stray pets that they find roaming in their neighborhood. Chances are that pet likely belongs to one of their neighbors. Pets that stay in the area where they are found also have an 80 percent chance of making it home versus the 20 percent when they are brought to the shelter.

    Pima Animal Care Center is open Monday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m., and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To see a list of available pets and services, head to pima.gov/animalcare.