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  • Foster a Pet through Pima Animal Care

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    Be A PACC Foster Hero!

    As Pima County’s only open-admissions shelter, we never turn away a pet in need. Foster caregivers save lives of orphaned puppies and kittens as well as pets who are recovering from illness or injury and need extra TLC to heal and become ready for adoption. Most all PACC pets are available for foster and we welcome fosters who can take pets for any length of time.

    Meet PACC's foster coordinators in this Holiday Foster PSA!

    We need fosters the most for

    • Orphaned puppies and kittens and for moms with litters. There is simply nothing cuter than tiny kittens and puppies. Foster is the perfect way to help them survive until they’re old enough to be adopted.
    • Pets recovering from sickness or injury
    • Adult pets who have spent more than 30 days in the shelter. Most of our pets are adopted quickly, but some dogs and cats, through no fault of their own, are passed over time and time again and sometimes wait months to find a home. These ‘hidden gems’ often just need to get out of the shelter and their foster caregivers even help find them adopters!

    How to foster

    1. First fill out the online application right here    


    1. Take the kitten foster orientation here
    2. Email pacc.foster@pima.gov to schedule an appointment!

    For ADULT CAT foster

    1. Schedule a cat foster pickup time right here OR
    2. Email the cat foster coordinator for questions: katie.pappenhagen@pima.gov

    For ADULT DOG foster

    1. Take the online orientation right here
    2. Schedule a dog foster pickup time right here OR
    3. Email the dog foster coordinator for questions: rachel.jones@pima.gov
    You can also come to PACC during our open hours of operation to speak with a foster coordinator and possibly take a pet home the same day (wait times will vary significantly without an appointment) !

    For the DAY TRIP and PAWJAMA PARTY program, all you need to do is come up to the front adoptions counter any time during our open hours and an adoptions counselor will assist you.

    What you need

    Foster a PACC dog
    • For some pets, you just need to be ready to open your home to a foster pet. For pets with special medical or behavioral needs, you will receive training.
    • Fosters provide food and treats for their foster pets. Depending on the pet, we may send you home with toys, food, treats and/or a kennel.
    • If you have other pets or children at home, your foster coordinator will tell you how to safely do introductions. We have foster pets for just about every home so come meet some of the pets who need you the most.

    Maddie's Fund LogoBe part of making history! In 2017, PACC received a grant from Maddie’s Fund Foundation to build the largest shelter pet foster program anywhere in the world. Read about the grant here and become part of our foster family.


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