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Pima Animal Care Center needs to open up 25 to 50 kennels right away due to a large intake of animals involving an overwhelmed caregiver. So far, PACC Animal Protection officers have taken in 19 cats and 2 dogs from the home. The officers are still checking to make sure all pets have been removed and aren’t in hiding.
There are no welfare violations and all the animals appear healthy, so no criminal charges will be issued at this time. PACC veterinarians are examining all these pets, so they won’t be available to foster or adopt for a couple of days. However, there was an immediate need to make room for these pets, so fosters and adopters are needed.
“We need to open some kennel spaces for these pets, so we need families who can foster or adopt cats or large dogs,” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “The shelter is still uncomfortably full for this time of year.”
Currently, PACC has 652 pets in search of foster or adoptive homes, and 1,138 pets in foster care that also need homes. The high intake is caused by a combination of factors, including healthy strays being brought directly to the shelter when found, an increase in calls to Pet Support, dogs that prefer to be solo in the kennel, and an influx of animals that are part of Animal Protection Services’ investigations.
“Each day PACC opens with a handful of available kennels, and most days the shelter is taking in more pets than are getting out of the shelter,” Dangler said.
If you or someone you know needs help with the number of pets in their home, please contact our Pet Support Center.
For anyone who cannot foster 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.
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