There is so much need right now in Tucson for foster homes and/or adoptions. Both Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) are overflowing and have adoption deals. The Pinal County Shelter is always overflowing with pets. Please check them out and help get the word out. October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month! Take it to heart.
Currently there are 531 pets at PACC. 281 dogs + 68 cats are adoptable (349) but the balance refers to dogs/cats on stray hold or pending their evaluation, quarantines for dog bites, confiscations, in sick bay which is over-crowded, etc.
According to PACC volunteers many lives are saved but the kennels are way too crowded; fights break out in tight quarters; and many dogs have been sitting there for months. Skinny dogs that need extra nutrition may not getting it as they are kenneled with multiple dogs due to lack of space and it’s unknown whether or not they get the nutrition they need such as extra food or wet dog food mixed in with kibble. Not all dogs are getting walked regularly as there are just not enough walkers to cover so many dogs. Dogs need exercise!
Adoption fees have been waived for all animals that have been at PACC longer than 2 weeks, and the shelter numbers keep increasing instead of decreasing.
Please share and tell all you know about the crisis at PACC. How can others help? Foster a pet. Adopt a pet. Volunteer.
Two Dogs Shot
And if the above is not bad enough news, two dogs were found shot within a mile of each other in Dogpatch, a rough place where animals are routinely dumped and abandoned while others belonging to Dogpatch residents freely roam. Both dog were taken to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona for emergency surgery. You can read the story here that aired on KVOA and you can donate to the Second Chance Fund for dogs that need serious veterinary care to save their lives.
PetSmart Grand Opening – Oct. 5
PetSmart opens a new store tomorrow at the El Con Mall. The store is squeezed between Target and Home Depot. Stop by Saturday, October 5, and check the many dogs available for adoption from Tucson Cold Wet Noses who will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Breed Dog Wash – Oct. 6
Bring your dirty dogs to Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson parking lot from 10 am to 2 pm. No appointment required. The location is 4909 N. La Canada/just south of River. $15 – wash/nail trim, $10 – wash only, $10 – nail trim only. This fundraiser benefits Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption.
Blessing of the Animals – Oct 6
1431 West Magee Rd., Tucson, AZ. 85704
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church invites the Tucson community to a Blessing of the Animals service, which will be held in the outdoor labyrinth of the Meditation Area (located directly across from the preschool playground).
Well-behaved animals of all kinds, on leashes or in carriers or cages, are welcome to attend! This is a celebration so feel free to decorate collars, leashes or carriers with bows or flowers. If your animal’s behavior, health or size does not lend itself to attending, you may bring his/her picture to the blessing service instead. A free-will offering will be divided between the St. Mark’s Animal Ministry Team and local no-kill animal shelters. A pet photographer will be taking pictures.
Pet Food Lawsuits
While not specific to Tucson, two big corporations that make pet food are being sued — Mars Inc. and Nestle Purina. You can read about it here.
(Photo: Honey (ID 450787) Honey is a walker favorite, PURE Love. Honey is a boxer mix, 1.6 years old who was confiscated and brought to PACC. She has had a hard life so far. She was emaciated upon arrival, but the walkers are doing their best to fatten up this girl. Her fur feels like silk, and those wrinkles….well you get the picture that cute face says it all. Honey has a cold and is now spending her days in sickbay, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Honey will provide you with a lifetime of sweetness. Don’t drag your feet; adopt Honey today.)