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Adoption push gets PACC shelter under 500 dogs, after July 4 overcrowding meant possible euthanasia

The Pima Animal Care Center is down to 478 dogs in its still-crowded shelter, after officials said last week that they may have to start euthanizing dogs due to a lack of space to hold them.... Read more»

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Packed PACC looks at 'heartbreaking' move to put dogs down to stem shelter overcrowding

Pima Animal Care Center officials said they may have to start euthanizing dogs to stem overcrowding, as PACC and the Humane Society are both dealing with an uptick in runaway pets after July 4.... Read more»2

Pet owners should prep for July 4 fireworks, says Pima Animal Care Center

Tucsonans should take measures to prevent losing their pets — such as microchipping their dogs — as the July 4th holiday usually means a booming business in runaway animals at the Pima Animal Care Center, officials said. ... Read more»

PACC to give $150 to fosters to help clear packed dog shelter

The Pima Animal Care Center is piloting a program that will pay up to $150 in gift cards to fosters will to take in dogs and work with a professional trainer. PACC hopes the program will help long-stay dogs find homes and clear space in the packed shelter. ... Read more»

PACC to host "Howling at the Moon' party, adoption event

Pima County Animal Care Center will hold “Howling at the Moon” from 5 - 10 p.m. on May 13, with staff decorating each section of the shelter in a different holiday theme for the events that were skipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

PACC suspends most shelter admissions following dog's death from possible 'strep zoo' infection

Following the death of a dog over the weekend from a potential 'strep zoo' infection, the Pima Animal Care Center will halt non-emergency admissions, officials said. As a precaution, the facility will treat all dogs with antibiotics. ... Read more»

Over-burdened Pima Animal Care Center needs fosters for pets, waives adoption fees

The Pima Animal Care Center, overcrowded and under-staffed due to COVID-19 cases, is asking members of the public to either adopt or commit to fostering a pet for two weeks to help empty the shelter.... Read more»

Tucson pet shelters rake in more than $90k in Betty White tribute donations

Animal shelters and rescue groups around Pima County saw a huge upswing in donations to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of "Golden Girls" star and animal welfare activist Betty White on Monday.... Read more»

Pima Animal Control to hold 2 free medical clinics in Ajo

Pima Animal Care Center will hold two free medical clinics in Ajo for limited but vital procedures pets need but can be a financial hardship to owners.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Talking back at the 'Year of the Shrug,' from Tucson to D.C.

Apathy began to reign in 2021 but I'm taking one last whack at the year because I have... stuff... to say about Tucson and Arizona.... Read more»

Overcrowded PACC shelter needs 50 foster homes for cats and dogs

The crowded Pima Animal Care Center needs to open up 25 to 50 kennels in its shelter immediately after taking in a large number of animals from an overwhelmed pet owner.... Read more»

Free pet microchips available in advance of July 4

Free pet microchips will be available from the Pima Animal Care Center through July 1, with a morning walk-in clinic for the first 50 animals each day. The county animal shelter is gearing up for an influx of lost pets around July 4, officials said.... Read more»

Animals shelters offering refuge to pets displaced by Bighorn Fire

Several local organizations are offering their emergency services the help residents under evacuation orders help to keep their pets and livestock safe.... Read more»

Rabid bat found on NW Side, dogs may have been exposed

A pair of "small, scruffy brown dogs" may have been exposed to a rabid bat near Oracle and Magee roads this week, and county officials are trying to track them down.... Read more»

Free microchips could help firework-frightened pets get back home

Pima Animal Care Center will be holding a free drive-through pet microchipping clinic June 16 to July 3, leading up to the July 4 fireworks that frighten many animals into fleeing their homes.... Read more»

Coming heat puts pets at risk outside, in cars

Tucson temperatures are rising, so pet owners need to be aware of the dangers of leaving their animals exposed to the heat. The Pima Animal Care Center has advice on how to keep pets cool, and where to report animal abuse or neglect.... Read more»

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