Some PACC volunteers reached out to Tucson Tails Sunday night. The situation at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is dire when it comes to whether or not some cats live or die.
On Monday – October 14, eleven cats will die unless they are adopted or saved by a rescue group. Some of these 11 cats only have until noon to live.
Right now there are nearly 100 cats available for adoption or rescue at PACC, which means PACC is overcrowded. There are also a large number of confiscated cats, who have taken up the areas that are usually used to isolate sick cats. Therefore, any cat that gets sick while the confiscated cats are at PACC will be put to death with little or no notice.
There are currently 11 sick cats at PACC. Six were due to be put to death on Oct. 13 (Sunday) at 5 PM but will be held until the shelter opens at noon tomorrow. Of these, one has been rescued. There are another six cats that were given a deadline of Monday Oct. 14 at 7 PM.
To alleviate the overcrowding, there is NO ADOPTION FEE at PACC for cats over 6 months of age.
For private adopters who adopt one of the sick cats, We Save Kitties at Risk (WSKR) has offered to sponsor a veterinary exam and URI medications. This offer is at their vet only and must be arranged once the cat is adopted. The adopter can call WSKR at 395-5474 and WSKR will make the appointment with their vet. WSKR will pay for an exam and antibiotics and eye drops to treat the URI.
Even after these 11 cats are rescued, adopted, or killed, there will be more that come down with colds. PACC does not treat upper respiratory infections in cats like they do with dogs.
Cats die without treatment. Usually, there is 24-to 48-hours’ notice, but not so as long as the overcrowded conditions exist and the sick cats cannot be isolated.
How many cats die at PACC on a weekly basis? Monthly? Yearly?
PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd., Tucson AZ 85745 (520) 243-5900
Hours: M-F noon ~ 7 PM, weekends – 10 AM ~ 5 PM
The Rescue Line is 243-5987. Anyone who wants to adopt or rescue one of the urgent cats or a rescue line cat should call before noon for the urgent cats.
What can our community do to make the situation for cats better?
(BEYOND URGENT – Photo: A455061 – 7 year old, Tiger – unaltered male, tabby, has been at PACC since 9/30/13 – not listed in the album but listed on Facebook).