Update 11-13-13 – Osborne got adopted today!
Today the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved emergency funds to expand the shelter and hire more staff. Of course, this is just a temporary fix for PACC problems. Never the less, it’s a step in the right direction.
Tucson Tails went to the meeting and wanted to target some of the speakers:
Barbara Mayer, PACC Volunteer, Nurse
- · The situation at PACC is overwhelming
- · Sometimes there are 5 dogs in a kennel and it’s difficult to get out one dog in order to walk him or her
- · A handful of employees work hard but are overwhelmed
- · She appreciates the inmate program
- Her speech was far more poignant but those are the highlights.
Male PACC Volunteer (did not hear his name)
- · Serious overcrowding
- 500 volunteers have 20,000 volunteer hours – if you were to pay them $12/hour = $250,000
- So far this year – 7,500 pets adopted
- Volunteers buy treats, leashes, take dogs to meet & greets
- Volunteers are goodwill ambassadors in the community
Cindy Kirlin, PACC Volunteer 4 years
- · Everyday people line up to return their pets because they think of PACC as a save haven.
- · But it’s not a safe haven.
- · 8 or 9 small dogs are in a kennel
- · 4 or 5 large dogs are in a kennel
- · There is limited staff
- · Dogs become aggressive when in these cramped quarters and not able to get exercise
- · Often dogs are covered in urine and feces.
- · Shy and fearful dogs can lose weight because a more aggressive dog will take their food.
- · Volunteers have to break up fights.
I cried hearing this as did the person to my left (Kim) and the person to my right (Petra).
Mike Sametz, PACC Volunteer
- · He and his wife walk dogs as a team
- · PACC needs more trained staff
- · Without daily walks, these dogs have nothing to look forward to
- · PACC should reflect WOW vs. Oh My
Jack Neuman, PACC Volunteer, Chairman PACC Advisory Board
- · 3 to 5 dogs per kennel
- · Needs elbow room for less dog fights
- · Needs more staff to handle adoptions, sometimes 20 people want to adopt and only 1 or 2 people present to help with adoptions so they go elsewhere to adopt; dogs lose out
- · Expanding the shelter is a step in the right direction
Marcie Velen, PACC Volunteer, Chairperson No Kill Pima County
- · Advocates for the No Kill model of 11 components which addresses more than just spay & neuter
- · Dogs & cats at PACC have medical problems which can be easily treated
- · There is tremendous community support for the No Kill model
- · Believes in a comprehensive approach to save more animals like other communities are doing
There was talk for how to fund it and Chuck Huckleberry listed three ideas:
- · Ask the outlying areas to contribute (Sahuarita, Marana, City of Tucson, and South Tucson). Oro Valley already contributed!
- · Increase licensing and take a portion of that
- · An operating expense which becomes its own line item budget and mandatory portioned back to the outlying areas.
Also the County of Department of Health has almost completed a survey of 10 communities to find out what other communities are doing.
It appeared to me that Supervisor Richard Elias was the most on board saying this was just a springboard solution and he was interested in hearing from the speakers and learning about the other options out there.
There were many PACC volunteers and No Kill Pima County volunteers present. Thank you for coming!
Ray Carroll reminded everyone that he recently adopted a schnauzer mix from PACC and the dog went from “dog house to pent house” and ate cooked chicken and leftover salmon. Lucky dog!
Obviously PACC”s problems are ongoing problem. I hope the Tucson community continues to support this important issue and gets involved in some way whether volunteering at PACC, becoming a foster care volunteer for the many groups that pull animals from PACC, and find out more about the initiatives of No Kill Pima County.
(Photo: Osborne – ID# A446239 was at meeting today for paws for a cause. He was there with PACC officer Bowden and she advocated what a great dog he is. Osborne (but you would probably call him Ozzie) is a red German Shepherd & Pitbull mix. He’s around 7 years young and has been at PACC since July. He seems very people oriented as he put his paws on the dais and tried to make the acquaintance of Supervisor Ally Miller. He has some dental needs which a local rescue will pay for and also his adoption fee is sponsored by Art Almquist, People Magazine’s Teacher of the Year, who was honored today also. What an inspiration he is for public school (Tucson Magnet High School).