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PACC looking to community for temporary foster homes for large dogs

(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
(Source: Pima Animal Care Center)
Published: Jul. 16, 2018 at 7:44 PM MST|Updated: Jul. 30, 2018 at 3:44 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Have space in your home and your heart to help foster a large dog?  Then the Pima Animal Care Center could use your help!

PACC is in need of fosters for their larger canines on a temporary basis.  According to PACC, as of Monday morning, July 16 there are 417 dogs in the shelter.

Max capacity means that several dogs are housed per kennel, with limited space to move around, this overcrowding forces staff to open additional rooms to house the dogs in pop-up crates. All makes for a difficult situation for the animals, staff, and volunteers.

PACC is hoping that the community will step forward and open their homes to a large or even medium sized dog.  Fostering these animals, even if it is just for a week, benefits them. Allowing them space to move around, something that many of the animals may have been used to.

In the shelter, pets are housed in a kennel, and although they do go out for a walk and get cuddling time, the environment can cause them to become depressed and shutdown, according to PACC.  Fostering helps pets feel a sense or normality. Any time spent outside of the kennel helps them heal mentally, physically and emotionally.

Interested in fostering? Visit PACC at 4000 North Silverbell Road anytime during normal business hours - noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Signing up is easy, all that is needed is an ID.  PACC will provide foster supplies, including food, in addition PACC offers counseling on how to manage dog introductions at home.

To meet dogs currently eligible for temporary foster homes, ask a PACC staff member during your visit.

Community members can also assist PACC in other ways, for instance if there is a lost pet in their neighborhood, if they are able to safely do so, consider fostering the pet in their home, while PACC staff work to reunite the animal with its owners. This not only keeps pets out of the shelter during busy times, but it can make it easier to reunite pets and their owners, if the animal remains in the community where they were found.

Pet owners can also help PACC with lost animals, by keeping their pets properly contained during stormy weather and/or have appropriate shelter from the summer heat. The safest way to ensure that a pet doesn't run off is to bring them inside during thunder and rain. And please remember to leash your pet!

If a pet goes missing, owners should visit Pima Animal Care Center's lost & found page to file a report. If you've found your pet on the PACC website, note the animal ID number and call us at (520) 724-7222. You may also want to check online and with our rescue partners in the community, including the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and public forums such as Craigslist and NextDoor.

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