TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Animal shelters across the United States are getting ready for an influx of animals as the days following the Fourth of July are typically busy.
Many animals run away and get lost because they become frightened by the fireworks.
The Pima Animal Care Center said Independence Day and New Years Eve are their busiest times of the year.
The shelter has increased staff this week to accommodate the massive intake. Animal control officers are working around the clock to pick up lost and sometimes injured pets.
"It's one animal right after another. Our lobbies are full. Our animal protection officers are out in the field picking up those injured animals. So, it's a constant flow. Our clinic is busy. Our intake staff is busy also," said Michele Figueroa, who has worked at PACC for 15 years.
While they are hard at work rescuing the animals, they ask owners to do their part. Last year around this time, the shelter took in about 170 animals. However, only about 30 were claimed.
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They are urging owners to pick up their pets to free up space at the shelter. They have waived some of the redemption fees, hoping it helps. The shelter is also running an adoption special.
Figueroa she said thanks to the new building, purchased by Pima County voters, they can deal with the influx better than last year.
"We just start looking for different outlets," she said. We have a brand-new building. We've increased our capacity. We can d rop the dividers and create more room. Of course, that's our last resort, but if we have to pop up kennels, put animals in our offices, then we do that also. So, we have the room we just gotta think outside the box."