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Save #7: Meet Harlow, who was lost, found and home for the holidays!

Dec 25, 2016 | Read More News
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harlowSometimes, despite adopters' very best efforts to keep them safe, their treasured pets become lost. Such was the case with Harlow, an 8-year-old Mastiff who in June escaped from his home, after a delivery person did not latch a gate and a monsoon microburst frightened the gentle giant into running away. 
 
Poor Harlow ran through the hot desert without any food or water for several days until a good Samaritan spotted him and called Pima Animal Care Center. One of PACC's animal care officers rushed to the scene, picked up Harlow, and took him right to PACC's medical clinic. He was suffering from severe heat stroke, and Dr. Sarah Rios and her team jumped into action to save his life. They administered IV fluids, put cooling ice packs around his body, and monitored him closely to help him through the crisis. 

Meanwhile, Harlow's owner, John Leavitt, had been desperately searching for him the whole time, using several tanks of gas and visiting local shelters multiple times a day. He and his family were so grateful PACC had the staff and medical resources needed to save Harlow's life. 

The Leavitt family wasn't alone: Already this year, PACC has reunited over 1,700 lost pets with their grateful families. It's a huge part of PACC's mission, and because of community support, PACC is able to go the extra mile for the thousands of injured stray pets it takes in each year like Harlow. 
 
"It's only because people before me paid it forward that the infrastructure was there when Harlow needed it," Leavitt said. "Thank God it was."

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.