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  • Dog surrenders spike over the holidays at PACC

    Dec 27, 2017 | Read More News
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    PACC dogsWith nearly 400 dogs and puppies in the shelter, Pima Animal Care Center needs the community’s help to make room in the shelter. 

    “This is a truly urgent situation,” PACC Director Kristen Auerbach said. “Every year, following Christmas, we see a high number of pets surrendered to the shelter and this year is no different.”

    In 2016, PACC took in a whopping 209 puppies and dogs in the week following Christmas and anticipates just as many coming in this year. 

    “After Christmas, people are more likely to give up their unwanted pets. It’s always a sad time for the shelter and this year, we won’t be able to save all these animals without the community’s help,” Auerbach said. 

    PACC officials have started reaching out to local rescue partners to bring immediate relief to the shelter. Groups who can assist should email Auerbach directly at kristen.auerbach@pima.gov. Community members can also help PACC through this crisis by adopting, fostering, or simply spreading the word to their families and friends. 

    Fostering a dog for just two weeks will give PACC much-needed time to make space. To foster, simply visit PACC during normal business hours and let staff know you can foster a dog. 

    Those ready for a life-long commitment should visit PACC’s shelter to see the variety of dogs and puppies of all breeds, sizes and ages available. Through Jan. 2, PACC will give adopters the opportunity to name their own adoption fee.

    “We pride ourselves in never turning away a pet in need, but it’s not something we do singlehandedly,” Auerbach said. “It takes a village to save lives and, in moments like these, we need everyone to step up and help.”

    To learn more about the Pima County’s only open-admission shelter, please visit PACC’s website.