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May 15, 2014 7:41 PM by Danielle Lerner

Pima Animal Care Center launches first foster program

PIMA COUNTY- Pima Animal Care Center is launching a new program to help ease overcrowding. Now that the shelter has a dedicated veterinarian, it is launching it's first foster care program.

Volunteers bring these pets into their homes for a variety of reasons. They may be too young, recovering from an illness, injured, or sometimes they just need to get out of the shelter environment. It is all geared toward making the animals more adoptable so they can find forever homes.

"Sometimes it's really hard because some of them tug at my heart strings but other times I know that I need to get rid of them so I can make room for more," said Chantal Johnson, who fosters pets.

PACC cannot turn animals away so getting a dog or cat into a foster home makes room for another pet coming in. There is a time commitment involved but the shelter says it will work with every family to find a pet that fits their schedule and lifestyle.

If you do not want to foster but still want to help, the shelter is in desperate need of milk replacer, puppy and kitten kibble, and canned food for the young pets in foster care. To learn more about the program call 243-5987 or email jgallick@pima.gov.

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