Pima Animal Care Center overflows with animals before evictions resume
TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As people move closer to the moratorium on evictions, more and more pets are left homeless.
Despite the nearly 200 kennels and co-housing at the Pima Animal Care Center, space quickly ran out.
âRight now we are at about 550 dogs in the shelter ready for adoption,â said PACC director Monica Dangler.
As of Thursday, August 12, she said, the shelter had around 700 people there and 800 more in foster homes. Kennels and crates have been moved to the lobby of the shelter to make room for more animals as they enter.
âWe’re really stretched out. We don’t have an additional kennel open for animals arriving immediately, âDangler said.
Since January, she said, COVID-19 has resulted in a 30% increase in the number of people seeking help with their pets.
“Every time the moratorium on evictions neared expiration, we saw an increase in inflows,” Dangler said.
The latest moratorium on evictions is due to expire on October 3, which means Dangler expects an influx of animals before that date.
“We expect there to be around 7,000 people struggling with the eviction in Pima County who have pets,” Dangler said.
As of Monday, August 9, the Tucson Pima County Prevention Program had received 16,802 eviction prevention requests. The majority of those residents have more than one pet, Dangler said.
To help, PACC created the Safety Net Program, which allows community members to welcome animals whose families are temporarily unable to care for them.
“This is what is going to be necessary with regard to this deportation crisis. We are going to need safety nets,” said Nikki Reck, spokesperson for PACC.
Reck has taken in nearly 50 dogs over the years and currently serves as a safety net.
âAs far as fostering is concerned, it’s pretty easy because a lot of these pets are broken. Few of them have medical cases. They just need a place to crash, âReck said.
PACC is in desperate need of volunteers, foster families and adopters. And the shelter is always looking for donations like kennels, towels, food and toys.
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