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  • PACC offering free pet vaccination and microchip clinic July 17

    Jul 13, 2021 | Read More News
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    pet vaccinesPIMA COUNTY, July 14, 2021  – Pima Animal Care Center is holding a free pet vaccination and microchip clinic for 400 pets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  July 17 in PACC’s Multi-Purpose Room, 4000 North Silverbell Rd. Pet owners will need to sign up for a virtual spot in line for the day of the event in order to get the free vaccines or microchip for their pet(s).

    “Vaccinations are so important,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “Every year, thousands of dogs and cats in Pima County die from infectious diseases that are preventable with safe, inexpensive vaccines.”

    This clinic will operate differently than ones that were offered in May and June. Using feedback about long lines and wait times, PACC is using a new system called “Wait While.” Starting at 8 a.m. on July 16, pet owners can visit the link to request a virtual “spot in line” and the time when they should come to PACC. As the first block of registrants are processed, “Wait While” will text the next block of patrons to start making their way to PACC. (Please note: the gates at PACC will not open until 7:30 a.m.) 

    Depending on attendance, pet owners who arrive at the shelter without pre-registering may be allowed to sign up for spots later in the day.

    “We don’t want people and their pets waiting in the heat any longer than absolutely necessary,” Dangler said. “We know how much the public wants free clinics, so we are trying this new system to coordinate care for hundreds of animals so that pets don’t overheat and their owners are able to stay socially distanced.”

    Dogs will need to be on leashes. Cats will need to be in carriers. Pet owners should bring water for their pets and themselves.

    Dangler hopes pet owners take advantage of the microchips as well as the vaccines.

    “Microchips are great, but if they are not up-to-date then they are essentially worthless,” she said. For some tips on how to update the chip and what you can do if your pet is lost, please check out this recent news release.

    Right now, PACC is taking in about 20 more pets than are leaving the facility each day, so if you want to help, you can adopt, foster, volunteer or donate 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.