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May 5, 2014 2:40 PM by Faye DeHoff

'Tent sale' being held at PCC-free pets all week

TUCSON - A 'tent sale' will be held at Pima Animal Care Center to reduce overcrowding at the shelter.

PACC is caring for 529 dogs in its shelter today - significantly over capacity for the 275 kennels available in the shelter and the commercial-grade tent adjacent to the building. Every one of the pets in the tent will be free all week! And on Mother's Day, May 11, every one of the dogs and cats throughout the entire shelter will be free as well, for those families hoping to bring a new four-legged companion into their households.

Studies have determined that successful adoptions do not require the payment of a fee, finding no difference in attachment and commitment based on whether owners paid for their pet or were granted a fee waiver. And PACC has a great adoption team, with a new process that is even more effective at pinpointing successful matches!

The pets leave licensed, microchipped and spayed or neutered. For adult dogs, a $15 licensing fee still applies. Licensing is the law, but it also is the single best way to help reunite families with a pet if he or she ever gets lost.

Starting June 1, PACC kicks off its goal of finding homes for 5,000 pets by August 31! As we compete with 49 shelters throughout the country, meeting our goal not only means giving more pets second chances at love and security, but could mean additional financial resources for the shelter as it expands medical treatment for the pets!

As the community's only open-admission shelter, PACC cares for about 24,000 pets annually, taking in every lost, abandoned or ailing pet. For more information, please visit www.pima.gov/animalcare.

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