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  • Save #9: Meet Skeeter and Lorde, who work for their food

    Dec 23, 2016 | Read More News
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    skeetPima Animal Care Center always hopes its adopted cats go on to enjoy lives of indoor luxury that include plenty of petting, tuna treats and sitting in sunbeams. 
     
    But for a much smaller number of PACC cats -- such as Skeeter, Lorde and other cats PACC saves from hoarding situations -- this simply isn't possible. In past years, PACC didn't have the resources it needed to save these cats, who are feral, unsocialized and don't seek out human companionship. For the first time ever in 2016, Skeeter, Lorde and nearly 100 of their friends were adopted through PACC's Working Cat Program. 
     
    Skeeter and Lorde were adopted by Chris and Doug Frost, who needed help with their rodent-overpopulation problem on their Benson ranch. After a careful acclimation period in which the cats were kept in an air-conditioned building, Skeeter and Lorde were given access to the outdoors and began to earn their keep. 

    skeetsProgress has been steep over the course of just a few short years for cats who enter the Pima County shelter. In 2014, PACC started its trap-neuter-return project with Best Friends Animal Society, which instantly helped PACC save thousands of community cats each year. In 2015, PACC started its offsite adoption program with PetSmart Charities, which led to more than 1,400 offsite cat adoptions in the program's first year. 

    The Working Cat Program, which has received support from Bonnie Kay and the Arizona Community Foundation, is helping PACC cross the next frontier in its goal to save every savable pet it possibly can. 
     
    And it's worked out well for Skeeter and Lorde -- although like most of PACC's working cats who patrol barns and warehouses across southern Arizona, they never let their people get too close. 

    "They're alive, they're free, and they have a purpose," Chris Frost said. "We're glad to have helped save their lives."

    Pima Animal Care Center’s annual Top 10 Saves series highlights ten remarkable pets who were saved at Pima County's shelter because of the community’s support. To help continue this progress, donations to PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, are being doubled, up to $20,000 through Dec. 31. Donations can be made here online, or by sending a check to "Friends of Pima Animal Care Center," P.O. Box 85370, Tucson, AZ 85745. If you have questions, call (520) 288-1151 or write karen@friendsofpacc.org.