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

Pima Animal Care Center is asking for help make space for strays as Memorial Day approaches.
Pima Animal Care Center is asking for help make space for strays as Memorial Day approaches.(Randy Metcalf | Pima Animal Care Center)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 1:02 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima Animal Care Center is asking for help clearing space for incoming dogs.

All kennels, including non-public ones, are being used to hold stray pets. The shelter is also placing pop-up kennels around the shelter to make room.

“We’ve been at capacity for a long time and we are now critical again,” said Monica Dangler, director of Animal Services.

On average, the shelter is taking in 10-15 more pets than are getting out each day. While large-breed dogs are the primary challenge, PACC also has many adult cats and kittens who need fostering.

People can help in several ways:

PACC is also offering Reclaim Forgiveness for stray pets. However, each case will be treated on an individual basis. To see if your pet is at the shelter, check the intake hourly, as it changes throughout the day.

“The majority of what’s coming into the shelter are large stray dogs,” Dangler said. “If you find a stray and can hang onto it, you would 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 urgency in the shelter, PACC is prioritizing adoptions, so non-emergency calls might be delayed.

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

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

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