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  • Pets from hoarding cases in need of homes

    Jun 30, 2021 | Read More News
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    dogs from hoarding casePIMA COUNTY, June 30, 2021  – While dealing with the normally high summer intake, Pima Animal Care Center is working several cases involving hoarding and overwhelmed caregivers.

    Due to these cases, PACC has taken in 40 Chihuahuas, 27 larger mixed-breed dogs, 38 cats, dozens of ducks, chickens, goats, sheep, cows and more within the last two weeks. The livestock has been placed with rescue partners. Some of the pets aren’t available yet.

    “We always make time for calls like this because of the urgency, but it couldn’t have come at a busier time,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “We are already taking in 75 to 100 pets a day. Right now, we could really use your help with finding homes for these pets as we get ready for the seasonally high intake that comes with the Fourth of July holiday.”

    Many of the dogs and cats are under-socialized and need dedicated folks willing to work the animals through their fears and help them learn how to be pets. These pets are available for adoption and foster.

    “We need people who truly want to save a life or two,” Dangler said. “These pets are so fearful, but we know with the right person, they can blossom into the best versions of themselves.”

    If you or someone you know needs help or is becoming overwhelmed, please reach out to the Pet Support Team.

    “It’s always upsetting to see conditions like these,’” said Animal Protection Services Manager Christina Snow. “We want people to know that it doesn’t have to get this bad. We can help. Give us a call at 520-724-7222.”

    As a reminder, now through July 16, pets four months and older have $0 adoption fees. There is a $20 licensing fee that may apply to adopted dogs. 

    PACC is also holding a free pet microchip clinic at the shelter through July 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room at PACC, 4000 North Silverbell Road. It will be first come, first served until 50 pets are microchipped each day. The shelter is also reminding people that they need to start making plans for their pets for the Fourth of July. You can read the helpful list here.

    For anyone who cannot foster, volunteer, 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.

    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.