Pima Animal Care Center over capacity, asking for help as holiday weekend approaches


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The Pima Animal Care Center is asking for help clearing space for incoming dogs.

All kennels, including those that are not public, are used to house stray animals. The refuge also places pop-up doghouses around the refuge to make room.

“We’ve been at full capacity for a long time and we’re critical again,” said Monica Dangler, director of animal services.

On average, the shelter welcomes 10 to 15 more pets than it leaves each day. While large breed dogs are the main challenge, PACC also has many adult cats and kittens that need to be placed.

People can help in several ways:

PACC also offers Reclaim Forgiveness for stray animals. However, each case will be handled on an individual basis. To see if your pet is at the shelter, check the consumption every hour, as it changes throughout the day.

“The majority of what comes into the shelter are large strays,” Dangler said. “If you find a stray dog ​​and you can hold on to it, you will be helping that dog and the dog that will likely take its place in a kennel at PACC.”

Due to the volume of calls and the emergency in the shelter, PACC is prioritizing adoptions, so non-emergency calls may be delayed.

For specific questions about pets at PACC, adoptions, or foster homes, people should drop by the shelter in person. For emergency calls, people can call the dispatch line at (520) 724-5900 and press 4.

Pima Animal Care Center is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. To see a list of available pets and services, go to pima.gov/animalcare.

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