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Pima Animal Care Center to set up temporary shelters to help overcrowding

Pima Animal Care Center to set up temporary shelters to help overcrowding

By Sasha Loftis. CREATED Nov 1, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- Pima Animal Care Center will soon start setting up temporary shelters for their animals, due to overcrowding.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss an allocation of more than $400,000 Tuesday, to deal with the immediate problem. 

This will allow a setup of tents, which will have heating and cooling to keep pets comfortable through all seasons. The shelter claims this will help reduce euthanasia numbers.

In addition, $242,000 of this request will be devoted to additional staffing for the organization.

In the first quarter of the 2011-2012 fiscal year, PACC's live release rate was 49 percent. So far in 2013, they are at 72 percent for the first quarter of the fiscal year.

They claim they have kept animals longer, and put more than an optimal number in kennels. They have also had to appeal to the community to open their homes for pets who deserve a chance.

The shelter also has a $22 million facility improvement requested, and has a standing request in a future bond package. However, with discussion of a bond election pushed back for at least another year, they said they can not wait for a permanent solution.