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12 Jul 2018 14:25
As of now, we are in a great need of food, cleaning supplies, and financial donations. It has been discovered that the building itself will need a lot of repairs including a new roof and structural. We lost a lot of cat and dog food. We are in need of wet/dry dog and cat food (we like to use Authority). Any cleaning supplies and/or linens such as blankets and sheets would be very useful. Also, cats trees. We are trying to organize a drop off spot for donations since our roads are not completely accessible yet. We will update you on that. Thank you everyone for the amazing support! We are trying to get back to as many people as we can. Things are still being assessed and a lot of damage control is being done today. Again, thank you all for the care and for helping HOPE in our time of need.
People at SBR please drop off donations to Doreen Reynolds, 60765 East Arroyo Vista Drive.

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29 May 2017 15:15
PACC Cats Need YOU! 
photoDear PACC supporters,
We have used up most of our bedding and need your help to restock. We go through it pretty quickly as some of our pups are hard on it and some can only be used once for contagious pets in treatment. The pets don't mind if there are stains or imperfections! Donations can be dropped off at Doreen Reynolds' home.
What we need:
- Blankets (fleece, cotton, flannel types are best)
- Large towels
- Light bath mats
What we cannot accept:
Anything with stuffing, sheets, curtains, toilet covers, small towels, clothing.
Thank you!!

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07 Nov 2016 19:45
PACC Community Cat Project 
Did you know……

PACC has and long standing extensive Community Cat Project with Best Friends Animal Society and PetSmart Charities. It is a very humane and effective way to reduce the number of cats living on their own. Community cats are cats that are un-owned outdoor or feral cats who live in neighborhoods within the county.

The Community Cat Project provides:

Humane trapping of community cats, followed by spaying or neutering, vaccination and the return of the cats to their communities. Over time, their numbers are reduced -- at no cost to a caretaker.

Ear tipping of spayed or neutered cats. A painless procedure, an ear-tip is the universal symbol of a spayed or neutered outdoor cat.

The benefits include:

Prevents unwanted litters;
Saves taxpayer dollars by keeping cats out of the county shelter;
Decreases the number of cats being euthanized in the shelter;
Helps improve the health of outdoor cats; and
Reduces nuisance behaviors such as fighting, howling and roaming.

To be fixed for free though this program, cats must meet the following criteria:

The cat lives strictly outside
The cat has no known owner (must not have a collar with ID or microchip)
The cat appears to be healthy
The cat is at least 2 pounds, which is roughly 8-10 weeks of age

All cats will be returned to their original colonies after surgery (dumping cats is illegal).

PLEASE NOTE: National adoption weekend is this weekend (November 11-13)! If you want to adopt, please consider a sweet shelter animal. Many of the adoptions are being held at local PetSmart locations. For more information go to PETSMART adoptions .

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01 Oct 2016 06:34
UPDATE: Pima Shelter NOW needs your HELP as well as San Manuel Shelter 
Pima Shelter as well as San Manuel Shelter needs donations of towels and blankets for cats and dogs. Please drop them off at Doreen Reynolds home and she will deliver the items.

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21 Sep 2016 15:00
Thinking of Adopting? Consider a "Senior".... 
Would you like to get a new dog that’s already housebroken, already had his shots, already been spayed or neutered, and who’s more than willing to learn a few new tricks? It sounds too good to be true, but a family-friendly older dog can be all that, and more.

You may think you want a puppy, but consider whether or not your schedule will allow for the time and effort that young dogs require. Older dogs, many of whom were given up because their owners got sick or moved away, may be able to make the transition much more smoothly. So if you’re ready to adopt, give the older, calmer canines a look. Tap into an online rescue site or visit an animal shelter. Lots of adult dogs are waiting for homes, and many of them are move-in ready.*
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Feel free to go to this link to view a “senior” dog or cat: Adopt me (

Special Note - need for animal care items. PACC (Pima Animal Care Center) in desperate need of:

Plastic grocery bags (pet clean up)
Treats (soft and hard)

You can deliver directly to PACC at: 4000 Silverbell Road, Tucson, AZ OR send me an e-mail and I can take to the shelter on my weekly visits (

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16 Aug 2016 17:01
Fostering a Pet 
Not sure you are ready for the commitment of a pet in your life? Have you recently lost a dear pet and are not sure you are ready for that commitment?

Why not consider fostering through Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).

As an open admission shelter, PACC never turns away a pet in need. This means that every day they see pets come in who are too young, injured, or sick to be placed in adoptive homes. These pets are more susceptible to catching an illness or failing to thrive in the shelter. Foster parents provide the critical bridge between shelter and adoption for these pets while they grow and heal from their injury or illness by offering TLC and a safe place to stay.

PACC provides all vaccinations, deworming, and medical care that the pets need. Foster parents provide the housing, TLC, and enrichment that the pets need to thrive. Unless PACC has donations available, they ask fosters to provide basic supplies (food, litter, toys, etc.) for their foster pets.

Foster assignments can last from a few days to a few months depending on the circumstances, and they will work with you to determine which pets will fit best with your household and schedule. At minimum, pets must come back to the shelter every two weeks for vaccinations and check-ups. Some pets may need to come back to the shelter more frequently if recovering from an injury or illness.

PACC is most in need of fosters for:

Puppies and kittens with their moms - PACC see hundreds of newborn litters come in every year! They can’t go to their adoptive homes until they are 8 weeks of age.

Orphaned puppies and kittens without their moms. Especially in spring/summer months, it’s not uncommon for PACC to take several litters every day!

Dogs and cats hit by cars and recovering from broken bones. The vets at PACC work tirelessly to stabilize several pets a week who’ve been hit by a car and lived to tell the story; once stabilized the next step for them is foster care to recover from their injuries.

IF you are interested in becoming a foster parent, the first step is an application. If your application is approved, you will be contacted to attend an Orientation to be trained in our foster processes. Once you’re trained, you’ll be added to the rotation of people to call when we have pets in need! 

For more information and a copy of the application, please check out this link!!!!

by Marian Bianchini

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09 Jul 2016 10:41
Opportunities to Help the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) 
PACC is committed to providing timely service to residents and compassionate care to animals, while working to support public safety, find homes for homeless animals and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. The Silverbell facility is open from noon until 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekends. We're closed the last Sunday of the month for deep cleaning.

I started volunteering in October walking the dogs for about 3 hours every Tuesday with the Saddlebrooke Pet Rescue group. I am now also grooming some of the dogs. This has been a very rewarding experience and although it can be heart wrenching to see how confused and sad some of the dogs and cats are, I take comfort in the thought that I am somehow helping to move a pet in the direction of a great adoption and home with a family or person that is a good fit for them.

PACC relies heavily on their volunteer network. The network consists of various opportunities in assisting with the ultimate goal of finding a good home for every pet. Below is a listing of some of the volunteer opportunities:

Adoption hosts. The great thing about Pima Animal Care Center is there are so many wonderful pets to choose from!  But that also means it can be overwhelming to choose. It makes a huge difference to potential adopters to have a friendly person greet them and help them find the best fit and the best partnership.

Off-site opportunities. When we take our animals out into the community where people are live and shop, it's not only a great opportunity to show off how charming our animals are, but it's also a chance to introduce folks to the steps they can take that will help reduce the number of homeless pets. Events vary monthly and volunteers can determine which ones best fit their schedule.

Dog walking and cat socialization. It's very important that our animals have lots of opportunities for socialization, as well as exercise and positive stimulation. It sounds simple, but just walking a dog or cuddling a cat can give him hope and save his life.

Groomers. If you've got a big date or a big event, you're going to want to bring the chic. Same with our animals. It's hard to strut when you aren't wearing your best coat. If you've got the skills, we've got grateful clients.

Enrichment. Whether you're a crafty soul who can help us with projects that can stimulate the animals and stave off boredom, or whether you have some time to do a little behavior training with our dogs so they are better at minding their manners, we have a job for you.

Outreach Volunteer. Help educate the public about Pima Animal Care Center, our mission and services. Outreach volunteers should be outgoing, friendly people. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: seeking out public speaking opportunities, providing educational presentations on animal issues such as bite safety and responsible pet ownership to schools, HOAs and community groups, and distributing promotional materials at events and local businesses.

Office support. We always need help with data entry, answering the phones and supporting rescue operations. If you have the time, we can put your organizational skills to good use.

If you cannot personally spare time to help the shelter, they always need items to assist in the care of the animals. Right now the following items are needed. I go to the shelter every Tuesday morning and if you want to leave items, please send me an e-mail ( that you have something and you can drop it off in a bin I will put out on Mondays at the front door.

Leashes (British style leads)
Poop bags
Cat toys
Treats treats, treats (no red/green dye)
Training treats
Puppy and kitten pate and hard food for foster
Puppy and kitten milk supplements
10ml syringes

Stay tuned for more information on potentially starting a SBR PACC dog walking and cat caring team!

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