I was recently reminded that PACC has been operating in “code red” for a year now, which means that we are using npublic kennels for temporary housing and disease isolation to house available adoptable dogs. Why? Because the number of animals entering the shelter, especially dogs, continues to outweigh the number of animals leaving. It’s a trend we’re seeing nationwide, not just here in Tucson.
You may be wondering, “Why is this important? If PACC has been able to function like this for more than a year, is it really a crisis? The answer is yes! Operating in crisis mode month after month has consequences. Every month we are getting closer and closer to “Code Blue”, which means that we will have to give animals deadlines to leave the shelter or euthanize. The stress this puts on the staff, not the mention of the animals in our care, is hard to put into words.
Although this image may seem hopeless, it is not! There are a number of things you can do to support PACC and break the cycle of more animals entering the shelter than leaving.
Adopt or favor. We always need adopters and foster families. Learn more about www.pima.gov/animalcare.
Leave them alone. If you see a healthy, friendly dog that is loose, but not in immediate danger (like running down a freeway or playing chicken with cars on Grant Road), be a good Samaritan and leave him alone and/or seek his house, opposed to immediately bringing the dog to the PACC. Most free-roaming dogs are not lost. They know exactly where they are and will return home if they are not already in their front yard. Getting a healthy, friendly dog out of their neighborhood will more than likely result in that dog sitting at the shelter and not coming home and that family will get another dog. If we can keep this dog with his family, everyone wins! About 60% of PACC’s dogs are free-roaming dogs and 85% of them are picked up by people who drive through a neighborhood and remove the animal from its area of origin.
#Share the care! Help us reach even more people by sharing our posts on social media, sharing posts from neighbors who adopt pets, and sharing lost and found posts from neighbors! Besides Facebook and Nextdoor, you can sign up for lost and found alerts in your area through Pawboost and www.petcolove.lost so you can help reunite pets in your area.
License and chip this pet. Ensuring your pet can be identified and returned to you quickly will help keep an open space at PACC for animals that are not registered/chipped. Register your pet at pimacounty.docupet.com. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure this chip is registered! You can do this for free with FoundAnimals. Find low cost or no cost microchip events at https://www.nokillpimacounty.org/.
Although PACC is currently at critical capacity, we know that our community values rescue and will continue to be part of the solution.
Thanks, Pima County!