Pets and Beasts

Monday, October 15, 2018

Trick-or-Treat with a Pet in Need

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

  • Photo from Creative Commons
Head over to the PACC PUP-kin Patch, or

 pumpkin CAT-ch?

You decide which of fuzzy, bundled of love you can't live without!

Pima Animal Care Center will be hosting “Pumpkin Patch Adoptions” with trunk-or-treating, games, raffles and costumes (please no masks or weapons as it will scare the animals). The event is on Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 am to 5pm.

The event is part of a “Pumpkin Promo” that starts on Oct. 15th throughout the rest of the month.

“Adopters can come by the shelter where they will find on the bottom of a pumpkin, a discount on pets who are four months or older.”

All pets adopted from PACC come spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, according to PACC. Each adoption also comes free follow-up vet visit.

Can’t make it to the event? Stop by the shelter Monday to Friday 12-7pm or Sat/Sun 10am-5pm at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Pima Animal Care Center: Is our community’s only open-admission shelter. PACC cares for about 17,000 pets each year and is the only shelter in the county that never turns away a pet in need. PACC is also our community’s largest adoption agency and has the largest selection of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pet Supply Shop Opens at PACC

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Courtesy of PACC - NIKKI RECK
  • Nikki Reck
  • Courtesy of PACC
The Pima Animal Care Center in partnership with Friends of the PACC nonprofit has opened a pet supply store in the lobby of PACC.

The store, named “Central Pet: Adopt. Shop. Give,” sells treats, bones, food, leashes, collars and everything else your new pet might need.

The shop's prices are competitive with other pet shops in the area, and the best part is that 50 percent of the profits will go towards Friends of the PACC, a nonprofit partner of PACC that is dedicated to saving animals lives and helping find them loving homes.

PACC is the largest animal adoption agency in Southern Arizona, caring for 17,000 animals each year.

Whether you're buying for your newly adopted pet or your longtime friend, your purchase will benefit the animals at PACC; better yet, buy a treat for your pet and one for a PACC animal.

Courtesy of PACC - NIKKI RECK
  • Nikki Reck
  • Courtesy of PACC

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Mac Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 11:43 AM

Mac the Cat - HSSA
  • HSSA
  • Mac the Cat
"I am a sweet boy who has done well with dogs and cats in my previous home."

Visit Mac at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. You can also give an adoptions counselor a call for more information at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Play Groups for Pups at PACC

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 11:31 AM

  • PACC
Several staff members from Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL) are coming to Pima Animal Care Center for three weeks this fall. The group will teach volunteers and staff members how to run large playgroups with a high volume of dogs.

“Imagine taking a visit to your favorite dog park, watching 25 or 30 dogs run around, joyfully playing with each other,” said Kristen Auerbach, PACC Director of Animal Services. “Now imagine that every one of those dogs is looking for a new family. That’s what play group brings to PACC.”

The program, which runs Sept. 29 to Oct. 17, allows PACC staff and volunteers to learn more about dogs’ personalities in these play groups. DPFL is rooted in the notion that a dog’s natural instinct is to play.

The group says watching the dogs interact with one another is a “more reliable indicator of a dog’s true personality than the dog’s reactions during the intake process.” A dog that may be challenging to handle in the kennel, for example, will often exhibit healthy social skills in a play group.

“Play groups allow dogs to blow off steam and they help us really get to know each and every pup in our care,” Auerbach said. “Dogs are social animals and allowing them to interact helps keep them happy and healthy while they wait for their new families.”

It’s also beneficial to the dogs in other ways:
• They communicate with their peers and humans through playing.
• Socializing the dogs can help them if they are nervous around other dogs.
• The exercise can also help reduce some of the stress from staying in a kennel.

“This will introduce an entirely new way of meeting shelter dogs. Adopters will be able to come to PACC, watch a big group of dogs playing in a realistic, “dog park” setting and choose a dog based on real-life experience, rather than the old way of just seeing dogs in isolated kennels,” Auerbach said.

The training is possible thanks to the PetCo Foundation and the ASPCA.

PACC’s shelter, located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, is open Monday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Horsin' Around Gala with Therapy Riding of Tucson

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 4:50 PM

  • Courtesy of Therapeutic Riding of Tucson
Therapeutic Riding of Tucson or TROT is hosting the Horsin’ Around Gala on Sunday. Oct. 14 from 4-8 p.m. The event takes place at Tanque Verde Ranch on 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Drive all the way East on Speedway until the road actually ends, then turn left.

Proceeds from the event will provide equine therapy for disabled children and veterans in need. TROT has licensed riding instructors and therapists, along with 13 specially trained horses, with the mission of enriching the lives of people with special needs by improving their physical, mental, social and emotional well being.

There will be a silent auction, a live auction and a BBQ dinner, along with music and dancing with the Clean Country Band. Tickets are $85 for adults and $30 for children 11 and younger. This is a rain or shine event.

Learn more here.
  • Courtesy of Therapeutic Riding of Tucson

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Gaston Needs A Home

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 2:55 PM

Gaston the Cat - HSSA
  • HSSA
  • Gaston the Cat

“Can you guess what my favorite movie is?"


Come fall in love with Gaston at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. For more information give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173. Not ready to adopt? Share Gaston’s photo to help him find the purr-fect home!

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Dogs’ Adoption Fees Cut in Half: PACC Celebrating National Dog Week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 12:14 PM

  • Courtesy PACC
The price to bring home a dog from Pima Animal Care Center has been reduced in honor of National Dog Week, Sept. 23-29. This is celebrated in the fourth week of September every year.

People can celebrate National Dog Week in a variety of ways at Pima Animal Care Center:

Overnight/day trips: Foster a dog overnight or during the day for a few hours. A form of identification must be presented in order for the dog to leave the facility. Short-term fosters can take the dogs to the park, to get a snack, or to go for a run. PACC does ask that interactions with strange dogs are limited. If you’d like to foster, you can start by filling out the required forms.

Donating: A donation can go a long way at PACC. It can be a bag of dog food, a cat bed, or a monetary donation. Funds can help provide food, treats, toys, bedding or even medical treatment. One easy way to donate is by checking PACC’s Amazon Wish List.

Volunteering: Nothing at PACC would be possible if it weren’t for the help of the dedicated volunteers. There are a variety of ways to volunteer including walking dogs, feeding cats, cleaning pets and cages in the clinic, and more.

  • Courtesy PACC
Adopt: For dogs six months and older, the price is now $15. The price for under six months is $25. In addition to the adoption fee, there is a $19 licensing fee for dogs. The total price includes spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit.

PACC is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. The shelter is open Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Find more info here. 

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Slideshow: Paws for the Fresh, Fluffy and Sleek Doggos of Tucson

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 11:06 AM

The smell of wet dog filled air for this years second addition of Tails & Ales. The Tucson Roller Derby and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona partnered with Barrio Brewing Co. to host a dog wash fundraiser.  The Humane Society estimated that around 90 dogs had been registered. These are some of the fresh fluffers who showed up.

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