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  • PACC updates plan for kennel space crisis

    Sep 17, 2021 | Read More News
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    kitten in kennelPIMA COUNTY, Sept. 17, 2021 – Pima Animal Care Center is one of thousands of shelters across the country currently experiencing an increase in intake, specifically of medium to large sized dogs. To help prioritize and better communicate the urgency of its space issues, the shelter put together a color-coded plan for an increased shelter population.

    The shelter has operated in the orange and red zones since April, meaning adoptable pets had to be viewed in non-public areas, like conference rooms. Some had no kennels at all. Learn more about the color-coding system in County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s Sept. 16 memo.

    Shelters and rescue organizations across the country are also experiencing the same issues with a slowing of adoptions, which has decreased transfer of PACC pets. An overall decrease in adoptions and fostering have created the perfect storm for a space crisis.

    “PACC has seen intake go up month by month around 15 percent while adoptions and transfers decreased around 30 percent,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “We begin each day with only a couple of open kennels.”

    There are several factors causing the uptick including an active monsoon, an increase in people needing assistance due to difficulties because of the pandemic, a seasonal increase in Animal Protection cases, and more. 

    “We aren’t taking in many more pets than we did in 2019, but there are so many other factors that make it tough to find open kennels for all the pets,” Dangler said.

    The best ways to help the shelter stay in the Code Green category with an adequate number of publicly viewable kennels for pets:

    All pets in the shelter are vaccinated, microchipped and currently have $0 adoption fees. That adoption promotion includes puppies and kittens. There is a $20 licensing fee per adopted dog. The $50 reserve fees will not be waived.  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.