Pima Animal Care Center prepares to welcome hundreds of animals after New Years fireworks display


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As the new year approaches, there are further concerns about the capacity of the Pima Animal Care Center.

The shelter is still in a code red situation and they expect to see hundreds of dogs frightened by the fireworks entering after the New Years.

“New Years Eve is going to be an additional and uncomfortable situation for an already overcrowded shelter,” said Nikki Reck, public information officer for PACC.

PACC hopes for the best, but is preparing for the worst. The kennels in their overflow space just emptied on Wednesday, but they are expected to fill up again this weekend and then some.

“We are doing everything in our power to make room. Almost all offices have a dog. Almost all the kennels we can use are full, ”Reck said

Reck says she’s never seen the refuge so full. By the end of the year, they usually see a drop in their numbers, but this year they see an unusually high intake.

“Since about mid-June we’ve been welcoming 50 to 100 animals every day and it’s just a lot of animals and a few come out, that’s the problem,” she said.

Based on previous years, PACC will likely accommodate around 200 dogs in the first few days of 2022. This is mainly because the dogs get scared of fireworks, get out of the house, and get lost. There are some things you can do today to help keep your pet safe this New Year’s Eve.

“Have a plan. Put your pet somewhere they’re comfortable: a kennel, crate, bedroom, whatever. Play loud music or a TV show to choke them. Check them out. collar and tag to make sure they’re both in good condition, ”Reck said.

The PACC also asks that if you find a lost animal and it is sympathetic and in good condition, to keep it for a few days to try to find the owner before bringing the animal to the PACC.

PACC says if your pet goes missing, be sure to file a report with PACC. You can text “LOST” to (833) 552-0591 and it will walk you through the process.

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Boyd S. Abbott