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  • Save #6: Carl keeps spirits high

    Dec 26, 2017 | Read More News
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    CarlCarl didn’t know it at the time, but after he'd been saved by Pima Animal Care Center, he would help save other animals at the shelter, too.

    He was brought in last April. His owner dropped him off at the counter and left without a word. But Carl had a place at PACC.

    He was brought to Thamzen, PACC’s Training and Behavior Coordinator, to be used as an enrichment rat.

    Many animals that spend time at PACC—whether they are rescued off the streets or surrendered by owners—have a difficult time in their new environment. Carl, however, helps ease their stress while being sheltered.

    As an enrichment rat, Carl’s soiled bedding is collected and put inside or soaked with the toys and bedding of other animals at PACC. These items are then placed in kennels with cats and dogs.

    Thanks to Carl, these items help reinforce the dogs and cats’ natural hunting and scenting instincts while in a kennel environment, which wouldn’t normally be possible.

    Why is this important? Allowing these animals to act out their natural behaviors helps reduce anxiety, which increases their likelihood of finding their forever homes.

    Carl is the gift that keeps on giving for animals at PACC. Plus, Carl is stress-free himself. He spends his days hanging out in Thamzen’s office, often riding on her shoulder as her official assistant.