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  • PACC & Friends of PACC Awarded $50,000 Grant

    Dec 03, 2020 | Read More News
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    picture of a catPIMA COUNTY –Pedigree Foundation has awarded Pima Animal Care Center a $50,000 Model Shelter grant through Friends of PACC for PACC’s work to build innovative strategies to better serve pets and people in Pima County. The grant is in response to the ramping up of the Pet Support Services that started as COVID-19 began affecting the community. 

    “As soon as we started seeing the COVID-19 numbers for Pima County, we started preparing,’” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “We knew that people might have to make some difficult decisions due to losing their job, housing, taking care of a sick family member, or even getting sick themselves.”

    In addition to already operating a Pet Support Center, PACC has been handing out one-gallon bags of food to pet owners in need and providing minor veterinary medical expenses for pets with ailments like allergies, ear infections, and urinary tract infections. The medical program has been quite successful, and there currently is a waitlist because of the immense number of applications. Both programs started in May. To date, the shelter has distributed over 55,000 pounds of food and treated hundreds of pets. 

    PACC has also served as one of the pilot shelters for the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) program. Animal shelter leaders across the country created the group in response to the pandemic to keep pets with the people that love them. 

    “Keeping pets in loving homes, whether that’s with their owners or in supported foster homes is key to saving more lives. We’re proud to support PACC’s efforts to reach more of our community,” said Torre Chisholm, Friends of PACC Development Director.  

    The Pet Support Center (PSC) is funded entirely through donations to the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, the shelter’s official nonprofit partner. The PSC offers information and resources for low-cost veterinary services, spay neuter options, low-cost vaccinations, rescue options, housing options, training and behavioral information, domestic violence services, military deployment services, trap-neuter-return services, as well as the humane euthanasia services provided here at people. People in need of help for their pet can reach out to the Pet Support Center via this link. They can also visit pima.gov/petsupport. If you would like to make a financial donation to help these programs, please head to friendsofpacc.org.

    While this pandemic continues, the shelter urges pet owners to make a plan for their pets in case they get sick with COVID-19. Those who would like to help the shelter can check out this list here. For information about local impacts of coronavirus on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow the dedicated page on the Pima County Health Department website: www.pima.gov/covid19.