Meet your new best friend at PACC’s Santa Adoption Party Dec. 9-10
Santa Claus will be onsite posing for family photos and handing out gifts
photo courtesy of PACC
PIMA COUNTY – “Find the perfect holiday gift for you and your family at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, during the third annual Santa Adoption Party happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9-10.
Generous support from Tucson Electric Power and PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC, has made this event possible for third consecutive year. This year’s celebration will feature Santa himself who will give gifts to adopters and pose for family portraits, printed free onsite for adopters, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for all who attend. Every adoptive family will also leave with a gift for their new best friend, such as treats and toys.
The party also includes $20 adoption fees for all pets. As always, pets adopted will leave the shelter spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and with a free vet visit, too. An additional $18 licensing fee will apply to adult dogs.
PACC will also have fostering opportunities available for folks not ready to take on a full-time pet commitment. Like adopters, foster parents will get to select the pet they want to take home and, in most cases, they can take them home the same day.
“Our mission this holiday season is to give our pets the opportunity to spend the holidays alongside a loving new family,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Give the gift of love – adopt or foster a pet in need.”
Adoptable pig, presently called “B.B”
This just in from Pima County Communications:
One of Pima Animal Care Center’s more unusual intakes – a potbellied pig. This 133-pound fellow had a run-in with a dog out near Three Points and was rescued by an Animal Care Officer Dec. 28.
So far, no owner has claimed him and he’s been placed up for adoption. PACC staff estimate he is about 5 years old, appears to be housebroken, is neutered, walks on a leash and is fairly affectionate. Pigs of his breed will live between 10 and 15 years, so he is full-grown and relatively young.
PACC doesn’t turn away any animal brought to its doors and while most animals brought to PACC are dogs and cats, the occasional rodent, reptile or bird are dropped off or rescued. PACC tries to save every animal and find it a new, loving home.
B.B., as the PACC staff are calling their porcine charge, is a little more difficult to find a home for.
Small pigs require special diets and care; therefore PACC is hoping an experienced pig owner will adopt him. PACC had to make special accommodations for B.B. but as it does with dogs and cats, PACC plans to care for B.B. as long he remains healthy and adoptable until he finds a new home.
His adoption fee is $30 and PACC will microchip him if the new owner wishes.
For more information about B.B., contact PACC’s live release manager Justin Gallick, (520) 724-5929, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call PACC if this is your lost pig, or consider an unusual pet adoption for 2015. One of my son’s friends once owned a boa constrictor, so I’ve seen unusual pets. Happy New Year.
UPDATE: Sounds like “B.B” has found a new home for the new year. See comments below.
Congrats to PACC for doing so well in this $100,000 challenge, which I did blog about previously this summer.
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
If you haven’t been to this lovely park, check it out as well during this fundraiser on August 23. It is located just north of the Rillito River, west of Dodge Blvd. at 3482 E. River Rd. Here’s a link to the park, with a map: http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?pageId=1367