Pima Animal Care Center (county pound) is where people take their unwanted pets or where unwanted pets often end up after being found on the streets and desert, abandoned in foreclosed homes, from hoarding situations and who knows what. According to their website, here are some statistics:
Though many people are responsible pet owners, some are not. In an average year:
Approximately 18,000 animals are handled by the Pima Animal Care Center (stray, sick, injured).
Approximately 13,000 animals are put to sleep.
Approximately 5,000 dead animals are picked up.
Approximately 3,000 bites are investigated.
Approximately 1,800 cruelty and neglect investigations are conducted.
These figures are shocking but very real in our community. PACC cannot do it alone and fortunately there are excellent non-profit organizations in Tucson that come to the rescue to pull some lucky dogs from the euthanasia list.
Here are some of the front line groups who work side by side with PACC to save dogs. Check out these groups – they all are in dire need of volunteers, foster homes <– this is critical because foster homes allow for more dogs and cats to be rescued, and donations of money and other supplies.
In reverse alpha order – all 520 area code
Tucson Cold Wet Noses
Tucson Cold Wet Noses is a non-profit dog rescue and adoption organization founded by a group of local dog lovers whose goal is to rescue dogs from the local pound (Pima Animal Care Center or PACC) and find them their perfect homes through successful adoptions. Phone: 235-6309
Saving Animals from Euthanasia is a registered non-profit which saves dogs and cats from many situations; including kill shelters, euthanasia lists, retired breeders, owner surrenders, and strays found by good Samaritans. Phone: 349-8637
People Assisting Kindred Spirits is a small rescue group started in 2003, by a group of friends whose purpose is to make the lives of puppy mill dogs have meaning other than profit for the greed of their breeders. While our main focus has been to rescue, rehabilitate and place puppy mill dogs, we have been involved in numerous other rescues and placements. Phone: 490-0401
Little League Rescue
Located in Sierra Vista; Phone: 255-1288
In the Arms of Angels
In the Arms of Angels is a 501 (c) 3 status pending all breed dog rescue located in Tucson. The dedicated volunteers work hard to save the lives of dogs that would be euthanized in overcrowded shelters all over the United States. Phone: 429-8030 (Green Valley)
Foundation for Animals at Risk is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization that is committed to rescuing animals from kill shelters and finding them permanent homes, and more… Phone: 664 -5239
Baby Animal Rescue Koalition is a non-profit, no kill, all volunteer rescue organization whose purpose is to address the problem of over population of companion animals in Pima County in two ways – provide foster home care and adoption services primarily for pregnant and nursing mothers and young animals and — promote education and provide low cost spay/neuter subsidy to the public to prevent the birth of so many unwanted pets. Phone: 825-6719
Animal Rescue Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity dedicated to reducing euthanasia of adoptable pets through foster care and shelter adoption programs, helping to bring a quality life to all abandoned, abused and neglected animals in Tucson. ARF provides support to the community through our hotline and adoption events. Phone: 319-9292
Here is a more expanded list of rescue groups partnering with PACC including breed rescues.
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(Photo is courtesy – BARK – Baby Animal Rescue Koalition)