TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The Pima Animal Care Center is teaming up with four other local shelters to host a countywide adoption event at multiple locations on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.
According to a PACC press release, animal shelters are caring for an “unreasonably” high number of animals, which means they are running out of places to keep them.
Monica Dangler, director of animal services for PACC, hopes the event will show the large number of pets in Pima County who need 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.
The Pima Animal Care Center event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 4000 North Silverbell Road.
Other shelters include:
- The Green Valley Animal League from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days at 1600 West Duval Mine Road.
- Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at 5278 East 21st Street.
- Humane Society of Southern Arizona from noon to 7 p.m. both days at 635 West Roger Road.
- Southern Arizona Cat Rescue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at PetSmart at 4374 North Oracle Road.
The aim is to find accommodation for 400 people over the next few days.
Thousands of animals will be up for adoption. Adoption fees vary from shelter to shelter.
The Hermitage will offer same-day adoption, without an appointment. On Saturday, the Hermitage will also host an “Eggstravaganza Adoption”, with an egg hunt for children, games, activities and food.
Summer is the busiest season for shelters and rescues in southern Arizona, in part because of breeding during the warmer months and escape when families are on vacation. Some shelters, like PACC, also manage pets that come from overwhelmed caregivers or hoarding situations.
Those who would like to help but cannot adopt or foster can donate money, pet food, toys, treats, blankets, towels, and other pet care items.
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