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  • New PACC campus fully operational starting Dec. 26

    Dec 22, 2017 | Read More News
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    PACCHoliday wishes will soon come true for Pima County’s animal-loving community. On Dec. 26, Pima Animal Care Center will have the first half of its state-of-the-art animal care facility fully operational. 

    County voters approved bond funding for this new facility in 2014 through Proposition 415. The proposition authorized the county to borrow up to $22 million to improve the original shelter. PACC’s new building, which is located just east of the old facility, marks the completion of Phase 1 of construction. Contractors will go to work on Phase 2, which involves the remodel and partial demolition of the existing 1968 shelter, before end of year.

    Led by Pima County Facilities Management, Phase 1 of construction came in ahead of schedule and under budget. PACC staff and pets completed their long-awaited transition to the new building on Dec. 18, and opened the doors to the public on Dec. 19. The Pima County project team, together with Sundt Construction contractors and the design team at Line and Space, made it possible for PACC staff to get in a week ahead of schedule to unpack and pilot the new building while they worked on finishing touches.

    In comparison to the old facility, PACC’s new shelter includes welcoming public spaces and stress-reducing features for pets, such as indoor/outdoor housing for dogs and group rooms for cats. In addition, the facility offers fresh air and natural lighting, well-designed plumbing and cleaning systems, separation of species from arrival to adoption, and a large, multi-purpose room for orientations, classes and animal-related programming. 

    Additionally, the new building includes these non-public areas crucial to shelter operations:
    • An advanced medical suite, designed to provide routine and emergency care;
    • An animal protection services and dispatch area; and
    • A community support services center. 
    While architects, in consultation with national sheltering experts from Animal Arts Design and Koret Shelter Program at UC Davis, designed all aspects of Phase 1 to the highest animal welfare standard possible, the top-notch veterinary suite, in particular, offers amenities that will contribute significantly to PACC’s lifesaving efforts. Enhanced with a medical-grade operating room, dental exam room, and medical isolation spaces for cats and dogs, the clinic will handle PACC’s high-volume spay and neuter surgeries and day-to-day routine care, while also providing optimized disease control.

    Community members interested in visiting the new PACC building can stop by anytime during normal business hours, from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be maps of the new facility and greeters to help visitors find their way through the shelter’s public spaces, which include the admissions, adoptions and clinic lobbies, and the cat and dog housing areas. 

    To learn more about PACC’s modern animal care campus, visit the Phase 1 webpage