TUCSON -- The Pima County Animal Care Center officially re-opened in its brand new facility Tuesday, three years after voters approved to fund the $22 million expansion project.
Officials spent all day Monday moving animals from the old location to the new location, which is located just next door.
The new shelter features a state-of-the-art veterinary clinic for emergencies and regular care. It also boasts a pet support center, an adoption lobby, expanded housing areas for cats, and indoor/outdoor housing space for dogs.
Visitors will also get the chance to use special spaces to interact with animals prior to adopting them.
PACC Director, Kristen Auerbach, said she is hopeful the new space will bring more people into the facility to adopt animals.
"One of the things we always heard about PACC is that a lot of people didn't come because they felt like it was so sad. The facility was built in 1968, and back then it was a place where animals would stay for three days and then would be euthanized," she said. "We expect a lot more people to want to come here, because instead of being sad- this is a place of joy and happiness and second chances for pets."
Officials are calling the opening a 'soft opening'. That means the public is welcome to come and look at the animals, but they are still getting things finalized in the space. PACC's first fully operational day will be December 26th.
The second half of the PACC expansion project, which will include the demolition of the old building, is expected to wrap up by July.