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  • PACC hosts Redemption Week July 5-10 to reunite lost pets with their owners

    Jun 30, 2016 | Read More News
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    Lopez and her dog, NenaAfter two years of successfully reuniting lost pets with their owners, the Pima Animal Care Center will again host Redemption Week July 5-10. 

    The event comes as a result of the hundreds of pets who become lost every year due to the Fourth of July fireworks celebrations that take place around town. During July 4 – 8, 2015, PACC took in 407 dogs and 140 cats for an average daily intake of 109 pets each day. Anticipating that many pets will once again find refuge at PACC, shelter officials want to make it as easy as possible for owners to get their pets back.

    During Redemption Week, PACC will waive all related boarding fees for people whose pets arrived at the shelter between July 3-10, provided they allow PACC to spay or neuter their pet. Those pet owners will then “redeem” their pet from the shelter already fixed, micro chipped, vaccinated and licensed, at no additional cost. The only fee owners may still pay is a $16 licensing fee for dogs three months and older. 

    “Our goal is to reunite more pets with their owners, but also make sure that as our community’s animal shelter, we’re taking the necessary steps to control our pet population by spaying or neutering them before they go home,” said Justin Gallick, PACC’s director of community engagement. 

    The added microchip will also offer pet owners a better chance of reuniting with their pets should they become separated again in the future. That was the case for Herlinda Lopez and her beloved Boxer, Nena, who reunited at PACC on Thursday after nearly four years, thanks to Nena’s microchip. 

    When Nena went missing, she wasn’t wearing a collar or an ID, which made it impossible for anyone to know she belonged to Lopez. The family’s other dog had chewed it off a week prior and Lopez hadn’t gotten around to replacing it. After one year of searching, Lopez lost hope of ever reuniting with Nena again. Then she received an email from the microchip company that her dog was at PACC. Shelter staff tried calling the number on record for Nena, but it was not up to date. Fortunately, the microchip company had her email on file.

    With Fourth of July fireworks around the corner, Lopez encourages everyone to not only microchip their pets, but also keep their pets’ identification up-to-date. 

    “Don’t wait,” she said. “I could have spent those four years with her.”

    Given the anticipated influx of strays expected during this time and ongoing pre-construction work for the new facility, PACC will reduce its intake of owner-surrendered pets from July 5 to 8 only to those in need of medical attention. 

    The average redemption fee for an unlicensed, unaltered pet could run from $200 to $300. This fee includes the pet’s boarding, licensing, and impounding fees. Boarding fees alone start at $15 and can go up to $60 per day depending on if the pet is licensed and altered. 

    Visit PACC’s website to view the shelter's lost and found pets and to obtain more information about the benefits of having your pet micro chipped and spayed or neutered. 


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