Public Meeting – PACC – Oct 17
The Pima County Advisory Committee for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) will be held Thursday, October 17 – 5:30 pm
The public is invited. The location is at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell @ Sweetwater. If you care about the cat AND dog crisis, the overcrowding, the lack of common medical treatment for cats and some dogs, and the overall well being of these shelter animals — you are encouraged to attend.
Here is a link to last month’s agenda and minutes. (Sept. 19, 2013)
If you peruse the minutes, there’s a line item that 1,241 people donated a total $20,787 + pet food, treats, pet supplies, etc. for August.
How is the $20,787 spent?
Is this high, low, average for donations? Tucson Tails reached out to Kim Janes, manager, and here’s what he said:
“We sure wished it was an ever increasing average but it is the total dollar donations for the month of September. As you might see on the attached, over 17K is for the contracted spay neuter services provided through the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona Pet Fix program. Every penny of that goes to spay neuter performed on owned animals at veterinarians throughout the community. The remaining $3k is split between adoption, outreach, medical (Sams) and general.
The nominal medical donations are utilized to offset some of the medical expenses associated with treating injured animals impounded as a result of enforcement action of abused and neglected pets.”
The people who do intake and adoption at PACC work very hard and it’s got to be a really difficult place (emotionally) to work there. The volunteers are extremely dedicated as well. Tucson Tails doesn’t have the answers. There just seems to be an ongoing crisis — yesterday, today, tomorrow, perhaps every day? It’s just not the right answer.
Sometimes people wonder: What can I do to help? Here are a few suggestions:
–Sign up to volunteer at PACC and walk the dogs or cuddle the cats or volunteer to take pets to offsite locations for meet & greets.
–Follow PACC Pets Need You on Facebook so you get a firsthand look at the many needs.
–Foster a pet. Find a pet rescue that you like or know and ask them to pull a dog or cat from PACC that you can foster until adopted.
–Sign the foster registry at No Kill Pima County; be willing to help where needed.
–Learn how you (and the collective “we”) can turn our county shelter into No Kill Pima County. Get involved — attend the next meeting on Nov. 19 on the Eastside.
–Check out Pima Paws for Life. They have a Wish List for items needed to open a kennel to keep some urgent dogs (and later cats) off the kill line.
–Adopt a dog or cat; don’t shop. Adopt from shelters and breed rescues. Do not support backyard breeders; people selling pets on Craig’s List or posting signs on telephone poles.
–Write / call the Pima County Board of Supervisors (especially if you’re a constituent), ask questions (Why are cats not medically treated? Why not treat for tick fever or common infections?), and send letters to the editors — Animals are a priority and deserve better.
Photo: Andre lost 13 pounds while at PACC. Fortunately, he was rescued by In the Arms of Angels