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    Looking for a pet that has good history with kids/cats/dogs? Head to pima.gov/adopt or click image above!

    If you see a stray kitten, it is most likely NOT abandoned. Click this image to find out why you should leave them where they are found.

    The shelter is in need of adopters and fosters for medium to large sized dogs. Stop by during open hours!

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    PACC's Kennel Space Crisis

    Pima Animal Care Center is  currently experiencing an increase in intake, specifically of medium to large sized dogs. Because more pets are coming in than are getting adopted or fostered each day, the shelter is running out of available dog kennels. PACC is currently in code red status.

    To read about how the kennel space capacity meter works, please read about it here.

    Find your new best friend at PACC!

    As our community's only open-admission shelter, we have the largest selection of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens waiting to meet you. You can find your new best friend at our shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. All our adopted pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and come with a free vet visit, too. 

    Here is a coupon for a FREE adoption on any PACC pet! (Licensing fees may apply. This coupon also doesn't apply to reservation fees.)

    What should I do about...?

    • Stray Pet: If you find a stray pet, please text "FOUND" to (833) 552-0591 to file a found report. Please try to help the pet find its owner by knocking on doors, placing up flyers, and looking for open gates. Click the "Lost and Found" section below for more tips.
    • Lost Pet: File a lost report as soon as the pet goes missing by texting "LOST" to (833) 552-0591. Click the "Lost and Found" section below for more tips.
    • Kittens: If you find kittens, please leave them alone unless they are sick, injured or in immediate danger. Check out our page on kittens here.
    • Help Needed: If you need resources for your pet or need to rehome a pet, please contact our Pet Support Center

    About Us

    Our Commitment

    Pima Animal Care Center is committed to providing timely service to residents and compassionate care to animals, while working to support public safety, find homes for homeless animals and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. The Silverbell facility is open from noon until 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekends. 

    Here are some of the ways we approach our mission:

    • Protecting public health and safety by enforcing laws and ordinances;
    • Responding and investigating complaints of animal abuse and cruelty;
    • Providing shelter for abandoned pets, none of which are turned away;
    • Working with more than five dozen rescue and animal welfare partners to find loving homes for homeless animals;
    • Picking up stray dogs to increase safety for the animals and your neighborhood, while providing an opportunity for lost pets to be reunited with their owners;
    • Promoting and supporting low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination and licensing services;
    • Encouraging volunteers and donors to assist in our mission.

    Pima Animal Care Center is a Division of the Pima County Health Department and is organized into four major sections: Enforcement, Animal Shelter, Licensing and Public Outreach/Education. The Pima Animal Care Center is located in Tucson, with a substation in Ajo.

    Your Pima County Pets and COVID-19 FAQ

    For a list of FAQ's about COVID-19 and pets, please head to this page.

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    Animal Care Center

    4000 N. Silverbell Rd.
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    (520) 724-5900
    FAX: (520) 724-5960


    Monday to Friday
    noon to 7 p.m.*

    Saturday & Sunday
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

    *Must be checked in to wait list 45 minutes before close to be seen in adoption and admission department.

    Ajo Substation

    1249 N Well Rd
    Ajo, AZ 85321
    (520) 387-7502


    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Wednesday: 4:30pm-6:30pm
    Friday:  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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