County Animal Care Begins Prevent Euthanasia List | Marana News

Pima Animal Care Center is launching a new initiative to help prevent the euthanasia of healthy adoptable dogs.

When shelters are at or near capacity, they traditionally release euthanasia lists, which detail which animals are at risk of being euthanized when a shelter runs out of space to keep them.

To free up kennel space and avoid having to make a euthanasia list, the PACC introduced the Euthanasia Prevention List.

The list includes up to 20 dogs that PACC staff have identified that they believe would be suitable for a variety of homes. The dogs on the list have done well with other dogs at the shelter. Additionally, staff said they believe these dogs would be able to do well in many situations, whether it’s foster homes, foster homes, or a rescue organization.

Animal Services Director Monica Dangler said finding homes for the dogs on the list would free up resources for the hardest-to-place dogs in the shelter.

“With 519 dogs in the shelter, we need to create kennel space for the dogs,” Dangler said. “Having dogs on the euthanasia prevention list adopted, fostered, or sent away allows us to focus on finding homes for dogs that need more training, medical attention, or need a specific type of household.”

PACC has not had to euthanize animals due to a lack of space since 2016. The shelter’s greatest need is houses for medium to large dogs. PACC has been at or near capacity for months and is at “Code Red” capacity due to large dog overcrowding.

Over the past few weeks, an average of 30 dogs a day have entered PACC as strays or owners who have surrendered.

The Euthanasia Prevention List will be implemented whenever PACC has fewer than 15 large dog kennels available for incoming dogs.

The list will be updated every Wednesday and published via the PACC website, https://bit.ly/PimaAnimaux, and social media sites. All adult animals, including those on the list, are free to adopt and come neutered or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Adopters must pay the $20 license fee. The PACC is open from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Boyd S. Abbott