Highway Hounds: PACC taking dogs to Utah pet sanctuary

Highway Hounds: PACC taking dogs to Utah pet sanctuary

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - In an effort to help overcrowding at the Silverbell shelter, Pima Animal Care Center is taking a few canines to Kanab, Utah.

According to PACC about 12 dogs will be hitting the road on Wednesday to travel to Kanab and the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, which houses nearly 1,600 homeless animals.

Friends of PACC, is paying for the trip. The group is covering the cost of renting the van, gas, and hotel stay.

The idea of transporting animals there came from a staffer’s recent training with Maddie’s Fund. Liz Cardarelli, PACC’s Rescue Coordinator, recently attended the Hands Up Hub and Spoke Transport Model Apprenticeship at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, to work on creating a network of partners and a transport program for PACC.

PACC officials hope to create a transport program and schedule future trips as the shelter starts to get crowded. The warmer months tend to be the busiest at PACC so the staff is preparing for the increase.

Anyone who would like to help the shelter clear space for incoming pets can do so by adopting or fostering. Those interested in fostering can sign up online or visit the shelter in person.

Through April 30, PACC is waiving adoption fees for all “Volunteer Favorites.” Look for signs on the kennel that say “I’m a PACC Volunteer Pick!”

PACC is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, open Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

All pets adopted will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. A $19 licensing fee will apply to dogs.

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