Pima Animal Care Center in desperate need of your help
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CREATED Oct. 14, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A community was in shock today after seeing 10 cats on the Pima Animal Care Center's "rescue" list.
That means if they weren't adopted, rescued or fostered today, they wouldn't see tomorrow.
"One to two cats a day usually end up on our rescue list, because they get the upper respiratory infection," said P.A.C.C.'s adoption coordinator, Ellie Beaubien. "Yesterday was a bit of a problem because we had ten sick cats at once."
With a call out to rescue groups, all are safe in loving homes tonight.
But, P.A.C.C. said the problem begins and ends with overcrowding.
"For the past couple of days, we've been setting up temporary kennels in our offices and places like that and just kinda reaching out to the rescue community."
The shelter is so full, that they are looking for homes for 150 cats and kittens, and they're willing to give them to you for free until the end of October.
Nine-year-old twins Jacob and Jonah went to P.A.C.C. to find their fourth cat. Why so many?
"They're lovable, and their reflexes," the twins said.
Whatever the reasoning, thanks to them, one cat is homeless no more, but that's not the case for many others.
"If they don't have homes," Jonah said, "then they wont have someone to love them and care for them."
It's a problem with a seemingly simple solution.
"We need to take the numbers down, spay and neuter our pets, and prevent these unwanted litters," Beaubien said.
Until then, now is the time to adopt, foster and rescue, in order to empty some of those kennels and better some of those lives.
Pima Animal Care Center is open Monday through Friday 12:00 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
4000 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 243-5900