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  • Petco Foundation surprises PACC with $250,000 grant

    Dec 07, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima Animal Care Center received a surprise $250,000 grant from the Petco Foundation this past Saturday, Dec. 2 following the premiere episode of the PBS film series Shelter Me at The Loft Cinema.  This episode, which will air on PBS in early 2018, featured PACC’s innovative foster care program that pairs at-risk kittens with Alzheimer patients who give them the love and around-the-clock feeding and care they need to survive and eventually be adopted. 

    PACC gets grant from PetcoFollowing the screening, Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut, who was in attendance, called all PACC staff members up to stage and presented them with the $250,000 check to support the expansion of this program and the development of new community-based initiatives to help Pima County pets and people.

    “With this investment from Petco Foundation, we’re going to continue grow our kitten memory care program and build new lifesaving partnerships. This is just the beginning of us bringing homeless pets to residential facilities, schools, and other community organizations,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. 

    In October of 2016, PACC launched this one-of-a-kind foster care program with residents and staff from Catalina Springs Memory Care, who bottle-fed three orphaned kittens until they were old enough for adoption. Since then, the shelter has expanded the effort to three local memory care facilities – Copper Canyon, Handmaker and the Hacienda at the River.  Now, with the support from the Petco Foundation, this will grow into a wider initiative that engages more groups and serves more pets in need. 

    “We are proud to support Pima Animal Care Center’s innovative, lifesaving work,” Kogut said. “We hope that this investment in Pima County Animal Care Center will help to save even more animal lives in their community and help to grow their creative foster care program.”

    PACC relies on hundreds of foster families and organizations to provide lifesaving care for the 18,000 pets that enter PACC’s doors each year. If you’re a residential facility or other organization interested in fostering for PACC, email PACC.foster@pima.gov to learn more.