Friends of Pima Animal Care Center donates lifesaving dental equipment


New nonprofit’s first expenditure will help more pets find forever homes

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.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, a new replacement scaler/polisher was purchased for $2,600. The funds were issued to a new nonprofit – set up strictly for the benefit of the only shelter in Pima County that takes in every animal that comes to its doors.

The donation from the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center came not a moment too soon, with more animals arriving every day needing plaque removal.

The dental scaler was ordered from an equipment company that contracts with the County, so replacement parts can be readily ordered through routine County procurement channels.

“Pima Animal Care Center relies heavily on the support of the community to make a difference for the pets who come to us for care,” said Dr. Jennifer Wilcox, the shelter veterinarian. “Donations help us treat ill or injured animals that come to us as a result of neglect, abandonment or cruelty – and this dental scaler is a great example of how a relatively small expense will be used to literally save hundreds of lives.”

The Friends of Pima Animal Care Center is a project fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to help, please visit and select “Friends of Pima Animal Care Center” from the pull-down menu.