This November, voters will have the opportunity to improve Pima County’s animal care facility through the passage of Proposition 415. This bond will provide the funding needed to build a shelter that will accommodate the thousands of animals brought to the shelter and allow for more humane modern animal care practices.
The original Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) was built in 1968, when Pima County’s population was approximately 300,000 and when animal facilities did little more than warehouse stray animals. Today, Pima County has grown to nearly 1 million people, and the center provides care for nearly 24,000 animals last year.
PACC is open admissions shelter. This mean it has to take in all pets brought to it for care. As a result, the center is routinely forced to house as many as four dogs to a kennel and the cat room regularly reaches overflow conditions. Chronic overcrowding increases stress on the animal and transmission of illness in the shelter.
In recent years, the adoption rate from PACC has increased significantly. Two years ago, the adoption rate was at 55%. In January of this year it was 80%.
And while every effort is made to place these pets in caring homes, the reality is that because of an aging facility with limited capacity, some animals are euthanized.
In response to wide community support to reduce euthanasia rates even further, the Pima County Board of Supervisors placed on the November 4th General Election ballot Proposition 415. If approved, this ballot measure, will provide $22 million for the construction of a new animal care center. This bond would cost the average homeowner $2.89 per year.
More info on Proposition 415 on the November 4, 2014 ballot: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=83071