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PACC resumes pet adoptions

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 9:46 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM MST
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(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima Animal Care Center announced it will resume pet adoptions at the main shelter (4000 North Silverbell Road) on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at noon.

In celebration of resumed adoptions, PACC is waiving the adoption fee for all pets, including puppies and kittens through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Adoptions were stopped at the main shelter on Nov. 9 due to two canine-related illnesses, distemper and strep zoo, that are deadly if not treated quickly. Only 13 dogs tested positive for either disease, and shelter staff reduced services as a precaution to keep it from possibly spreading to the community.

According to a PACC news release, staff were able to isolate all of the possibly exposed dogs for treatment, of which all have responded well and there are no new cases. The cat and kitten population at PACC remained healthy during the quarantine, according to PACC staff.

PACC will resume adoptions on Nov. 16 with the new group of healthy dogs living in the tent and its existing cat population. Dogs that are housed in the main building will not be available for adoption until they are finished with the antibiotic treatment.

All adopted animals will come spayed/neutered, with up-to-date vaccinations, microchipped and with a free vet visit. For dogs three months and older there is still the $17 licensing fee.

The waived adoption fee will include all healthy pets at the Silverbell shelter and the five PetSmart off-site adoption locations.

Voluntary pet surrenders by owners are still on hold, according to PACC officials, until the week of Nov. 21-25.

Those who need to surrender a pet before that time are encouraged to call the PACC Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222.  Staff and volunteers will work with those who find strays to place them with partner welfare agencies or will assist them with re-homing pets to their appropriate owners.

To see the pets available for adoption and for more information about the shelter, please visit PACC's website.

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