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Pima Animal Care Center is teaming up with local shelters and rescues to hold a county-wide adoption event at each participating rescue organization’s sites on April 15-16.
Local shelters and rescues, like PACC, are experiencing unusually high census numbers. For example, PACC has been in Code red or code orange since July 2021, which means the shelter has run out of room to put pets.
Monica Dangler, director of animal services at the Pima Animal Care Center, hopes to point out that Pima County is full of pets in need of foster homes and/or adoptive homes.
“Every day, PACC has approximately 600 pets at the shelter, as well as 1,200 in foster care,” she said. “In addition, the shelter welcomes between 50 and 100 pets every day. This doesn’t even include the number of people who adopt their pets. Pima County is full of pets in need of homes.
Among the participating groups:
The Green Valley Animal League
1600 Duval Mine Road West, Green Valley
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary
5278 E. 21st St.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Southern Arizona Humane Society
635 Roger Road West
noon to 7 p.m.
Southern Arizona Cat Rescue
PetSmart at 4374 N. Oracle Rd.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pima Animal Care Center
4000 Silverbell Road North
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People can stop at any location to participate.
Thousands of animals will be up for adoption. Adoption prices and times vary from location to location. The goal is to find homes for 400 pets over the weekend.
At PACC, all pets will have a $0 adoption fee. A $20 license fee may apply to adopted dogs.
For the first time since the start of the COVID restrictions in 2020, the Hermitage will be offering same-day adoptions, no appointment necessary and walk-in visits are welcome. The Hermitage hopes the opening of the shelter will help open hearts and get feline friends adopted. Hermitage will have adoptions on both days, April 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On April 16, the Hermitage will get into the Easter spirit by hosting an “Adoption Eggstravaganza”. The event will include games, activities, food and an egg hunt for the kids. Follow them on social networks and visit www.hermitagecatshelter.org for more information about the event. Complete the adoption application now to get pre-approved and be entered to win a prize.
Summer is the busiest time of year for shelters and rescues in southern Arizona. There are a number of reasons for this. Domestic animals breed more during the warmer months. More pets tend to escape while their families are on summer vacation. Additionally, some places, like the PACC, are handling cases involving overwhelmed caregivers and hoarders.
People who want to help but cannot adopt or foster pets can donate to participating locations through their websites or in person. Financial donations always go the extra mile, but area shelters and rescues could also use pet food, toys, treats, blankets, towels and other pet care items. .