Thank You For Helping Roo Roll!

roo-cart-at-paccRoo,a spunky and sweet Chihuahua born without front legs, was one of 40 small dogs Pima Animal Care Center rescued from a hoarding house on Sept. 4. Thanks to your tremendous support, we not only raised enough funds for Roo’s wheelchair and surgery, we will have extra dollars to help PACC save special-needs pets like her.

Thanks to all of you who helped PACC save Roo, including the John M. Simpson Foundation, which offered a generous $5,000 match.

If you would like to help PACC keep saving pets like Roo, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here. Your gift will be DOUBLED by our generous friend Bonnie Kay!

Saving Parvo Puppies at PACC!

Two of the first program graduates.

Two of the first program graduates, pictured by Michael Kloth.

You helped PACC save dozens of puppies with Parvovirus this summer — thank you!

Parvo, which is preventable by a relatively inexpensive vaccine, is a highly contagious virus that causes diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration. Without prompt treatment, it is deadly. In past years, PACC has not had the isolation space, medical supplies or manpower they needed to save these puppies, who require several days of fluids, anti-nausea injections and antibiotics.

You made it possible for us to donate $10,000 of fluids and medications for PACC to start a foster-based treatment program. Because of PACC’s dedicated foster parents, its hardworking staff, and supporters like you, more than 40 puppies have been saved!

“In almost all of PACC’s history, these sick but savable dogs were put to sleep,” said Justin Gallick, PACC’s director of community engagement. “Our partners in the rescue community have saved many sick dogs using their own resources, but they can’t continue to carry that entire burden. We are so glad that our shelter can finally give puppies like this a chance.

How You’ve Helped Save 200 Pets!

Last year, on Arizona Gives Day, more than 300 friends of PACC supported our efforts to purchase a dental x-ray machine for our county shelter. Since then, you’ve helped PACC save the lives of nearly 200 dogs and cats — many of them seniors — who needed extensive dental work.

Here’s Dr. Jen Wilcox, PACC’s head veterinarian, on the huge difference you’ve made:

Thank you for making a difference for the pets in our community who need our help the most!

You just helped save more than 60 PACC pets!

KARTER - surgery2Pima Animal Care Center recently reached out to let us know they were overcrowded, understaffed and in desperate need of veterinarian help. YOUR support made it possible for us to bring in a skilled veterinarian to spay and neuter 60 pets and give second chances to dozens more!

May marks a short-term staffing crunch for PACC, which is struggling under the county-wide hiring freeze brought on by state budget cuts. May is also one of the busiest intake months at our community’s only open-admission shelter. Its staff and volunteers are caring for more than 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens between its shelter and foster homes.

Paige and LarmieHelp is on the horizon, as PACC has an amazing new shelter vet joining its team on June 1. But in the meantime, Dr. Jennifer Wilcox and the animals need our help. Thanks to your donations, we were able to hire the tireless and talented Dr. Karter Neal, of Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic, to perform spay and neuter surgeries on Saturday. Not only did she alter 60 PACC pets, she did two dentals, fixed one cherry eye and amputated a dog’s horribly injured leg, too. And she and her team of staff and volunteers did it all with a smile.

Having this spay-and-neuter help means Dr. Wilcox has more time this week to care for our sick and injured shelter pets, who are coming non-stop into our doors.

Thank you for helping us to serve as a safety net for our community’s most at-risk pets. When you give to us, you can know you’ll make a huge difference for pets in need. Thank you, friends!

Friends of Pima Animal Care Center donates lifesaving dental equipment

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dog with electric toothbrushCleaning a pet’s teeth doesn’t just make him more comfortable. It helps make a pet much more adoptable, since teeth cleaning can be an expensive procedure.

Pima Animal Care Center had been using an old, donated dental scaler but the faltering machine quit limping along in November. [Read more…]