Update – Dec. 11: Reagan has a foster home! Thank you to Kate/Eco Tucson and her friend Tina and Cold Wet Noses, all 90 pounds of Reagan (yikes!) has a foster home with Tina and her 4 dogs. Everyone is settling in nicely. I get to meet Reagan probably after next weekend.
Update: The dog in the photo needs a foster home a/o Dec. 8. His adopter died and he was given to a friend and the friend brought him to PACC. A sweet dog who is 9 years old doesn’t understand why he is where he is. Senior dogs are the best; they just fit in. Can anyone give him a foster home? If yes, contact Terri Goddard at Tucson Cold Wet Noses to fill out a foster app or call 235-6309. Per her comment below; CWN will take Reagan if there is an acceptable foster home available. While there are many deserving dogs at PACC that need a chance, something about 9 year old Reagen just tugged at my heartstrings a bit more. I would foster him but I already have two dogs and foster/dog sit other greyhounds. Thank you
If you follow PACC (Pima Animal Care Center) on Facebook, you know it’s gut wrenching. So many dogs have until 7 p.m. any given day or they will be put to sleep. Most are some kind of pit mixes but not all – there are mixed breeds, Chihuahuas, Boxers, hounds, Maltese, Labs, etc. They all look terrified in their mug shots but who wouldn’t be under those conditions.
I don’t blame PACC for putting dogs to sleep. I blame society for not spaying & neutering their pets. I blame society for buying puppies from pet stores and not rescuing them from PACC or the Humane Society or any number of the adoption groups and breed rescues saving dogs. Of course, some are spayed & neutered but in these trying economic times, people cannot afford to keep their pets because of job and house loss, because of illness, because of death.
I don’t know how people can work or volunteer at PACC but fortunately, they do. Animal rescue especially at the county pound is difficult at best.
Today a PACC dog walker started a fund. Here’s how one person leading the pack can make a difference: (from Facebook)
“Merry Christmas to the long term residents at PACC! There are many many dogs at PACC that have been waiting more than a month (some way more) for a new home and a chance at life. PACC has agreed to do an adoption special for the holidays through the end of January. As soon as PACC starts seeing support for this holiday program and they see donations coming in, they will put a card on EVERY pink line dog’s kennel advising the potential adopter that the adoption fee is sponsored and all they will have to pay is the licensing fee for that dog. If the donations are great enough, they could potentially take a look at the blue line dogs, meaning they have been at PACC for over 2 weeks, but this would be huge as there are a lot of dogs that fall under this criteria. PLEASE DONATE NOW. In order for the donations to go into the proper PACC account, it would be best to drop the donation off in the licensing area at PACC. Tell them it is for the holiday special and the donation should go to the “General Adoption Account”. No amount is too great or too small…. PLEASE SHARE!!”
Okay, I’ve shared. I hope people can give a few dollars to provide these dogs with more days and more chances of finding their forever homes.
There’s a 9 year old dog (pictured) that was dropped off because the owner died and gave the dog to a friend. The friend didn’t want the dog and took him to PACC. In the photo he looks so sad. Reagan, a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Boxer mix has suffered such loss. His story breaks my heart because dogs grieve just like us but they don’t have the understanding that we do. I’m hoping someone will save Reagan. Please let me know if you do (leave a comment here or PM me on Facebook).
Fundraiser for Train to Adopt program – Tuesday, Dec. 6 at La Cocina Restaurant
A portion of food & drink is donated to TTA, a PACC program which trains hard to adopt dogs thereby making them more desirable as pets. Rob Cox the trainer does an amazing job at this. (see Tucson Tails June 2011). I hope the program can continue to be funded. La Cocina is located at 201 N. Court St (downtown near the Tucson Museum of Art). Here’s the menu – they have great soul-satisfying food like fish tacos, Southwestern pot roast, quinoa bowl, grilled pizza, salads, sandwiches, etc.
Here’s a list of rescues that save dogs from PACC’s euthanasia line. They all need people to foster dogs so they can save more dogs from being put to sleep. If you cannot afford a dog but still want to help – fostering a dog is a godsend to any adoption group.