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  • PACC places cats rescued from hoarding up for adoption

    Feb 03, 2017 | Read More News
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    On Friday morning, Pima Animal Care Center officials announced dozens of the 57 cats and kittens recently rescued from a small mobile home are ready for adoption and in great need of caring families.

    Families who adopt these cats will pay no fee. They will also receive a gift of toys or treats for their new best friend, made possible by donations to PACC. 

    kitten rescued from hoarding PACC’s Field Services Unit rescued the cats Jan. 19 from a northwest Tucson residence. They rushed them back to the shelter, where staff, volunteers and Pima County JTED students worked together to weigh, vaccinate and deworm them. PACC’s medical team provided the cats with continued care, including treatment for conditions such as dehydration, ear infections, tumors and dental disease. Now that the cats have received the medical attention they desperately needed, they are ready to go home.  

    PACC officials always recommend adopters slowly and carefully introduce their new family member to resident pets -- and Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Jennifer Wilcox said it’s especially important in this case. Because of the rescued cats’ stressful former living conditions, they were exposed to Calicivirus, which is an upper-respiratory infection that can cause mild to severe illness.

    Wilcox said that since their rescue, all of the cats have recovered rapidly and appear healthy. However, because they may still be shedding the virus, adopters will be counseled to first keep their new cat in a separate room from any resident cats and to consult their veterinarian about the right time to introduce them. 

    “It’s really progressive for a county shelter to treat and save these cats, and now we need our community to please step up and help them finish their healing,” Jose Ocaño, director of operations, said. 

    PACC’s Field Services Manager, Adam Ricci, said he hopes all the adoptable hoarded cats will have found homes by Monday. His team has responded to two more hoarding situations since this case and PACC desperately needs kennel space to care for all the newly rescued pets.

    “After a rough beginning, they deserve to live out their lives in comfort,” Ricci said. 

    If you can’t adopt, consider donating to PACC’s Medical Fund to help the shelter keep saving lives of rescued pets like these and many others who pass through its doors each year.