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  • PACC looks to community to adopt, foster tent dogs

    Apr 20, 2018 | Read More News
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    PACC petsPima Animal Care Center looks to community for help adopting and fostering dogs housed in its circus-style tent, which as of Thursday afternoon was completely full with two dogs to a kennel. Starting immediately through Sunday, April 22, PACC will offer a name-your-own adoption fee on dogs living in its tent to ease overcrowding and make room for new pets. 

    “We’re in desperate need of adopters and foster caregivers to help us clear kennels,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “In less than a month we’ll enter our busiest time of year, where we can take in as many as 1,500 pets a month, and need the community’s support to help us clear the tent to make room for incoming pets.” 

    Introduced a few years ago as an interim pet-housing solution, the tent has saved many lives at PACC by providing additional housing space for dogs, but right now, it’s filled to capacity. As of Thursday morning, PACC had over 350 dogs in its care with about half of them living in this temporary housing area, which is in its last ten weeks of operation. 

    By giving adopters the opportunity to name their own adoption fee, PACC hopes to incentivize individuals to adopt a pup. Dogs will come spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and with a vet visit voucher, too.  An additional $18 dog license fee will apply to adult dogs.

    Community members who may not be ready to adopt but want to help PACC’s overcrowding situation might consider fostering a dog instead. Fostering is a temporary commitment that not only gives pets a break from the shelter, but also makes them more adoptable upon their return.

    “Fostering is so easy and is truly lifesaving. Come to the shelter, sign up to foster, select a dog and take it home the same day. Many of our first-time fosters choose to help senior dogs, who really struggle in the shelter environment and are used to living in a home,” Auerbach said.

    Community members interested in adopting or fostering a PACC dog can visit the shelter tent at 4000 N. Silverbell Road between noon and 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Those who would like to foster can get a jump start on the application process online at pima.gov/foster. For more ways to help, visit PACC's website.