Frequently asked questions

How are you different from Pima Animal Care Center?

We are the nonprofit fundraising partner for Pima Animal Care Center, our county animal shelter. We exist solely to support Pima Animal Care Center’s work, and our vision is that every pet who enters PACC will be supported with the resources needed to find a loving home. We started the Friends to help shelter staff get the lifesaving services, equipment and supplies they need to save more lives at our community’s only shelter that never turns away a pet in need.

If you want to adopt a pet, please DO visit Pima Animal Care Center! You can see the shelter’s hours, locations and available pets here.

Why wouldn’t I just donate directly to Pima Animal Care Center?

Donations directly to Pima Animal Care Center are appreciated, since caring for nearly 17,000 animals each year routinely outstrips available resources, particularly since the County has committed to reducing its euthanasia rate. Every gift made to the shelter helps ensure more resources are available to continue healing animals with treatable conditions.

Our nonprofit offers more flexibility, however, since it is not encumbered by the same procurement restrictions that governments must adhere to, such as spending limits and pre-approved vendors. While our advisory board is prudent with our resources, we are able to respond quickly when needs arise to make an immediate impact for our pets.

How can I donate to help the animals at Pima Animal Care Center?

You can make a secure donation online here!

You can donate by check, too. Make your check out to Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, and mail it to:
Friends of Pima Animal Care Center
PO Box 85370
Tucson, AZ 85754-5370

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, your gift to the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center is tax-deductible. We will send you a thank-you letter that you can use for tax purposes.

Why does Pima Animal Care Center need private donations since it already receives government funding?

Municipalities must balance many other needs, from public safety to public health, transportation, libraries, parks, utilities and administrative services. Pima County has supported significant improvements in its sheltering operations in the past few years, but additional resources are necessary to treat neglected, abandoned, abused, and injured pets and keep them safe from illness while in PACC’s care.