Your Love Saves Lives - Campaign Update

In June of 2018 we announced the final phase of our $5 million dollar campaign to support progressive, lifesaving programming at Pima Animal Care Center. Through grants and donations to both PACC and Friends of PACC, and through generous support of many private, individual donors and foundations, we’re nearly there.

Since that announcement, we've gone from $4.2 to $4.6 million in donations and pledges—and it's all because of support from pet lovers like you!

Take a deeper look into this historic campaign and all the lifesaving services, programs, and equipment it is already funding. The infographic below outlines the categories that campaign funding is divided into.

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Financial Breakdown - How is the $5 Million Divided?

The pie chart below illustrates a dollar for dollar breakdown of where the $5 million dollars are being allocated.

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Campaign Supported Categories Expanded

Let’s take a closer look at the services covered and the fundraising status of each category.


Funds raised in the Lifesaving Programs category support increasing resources for adoption, fostering, and volunteering; community cat services; dog behavior and enrichment; and cat care and enrichment. As part of our campaign, both Friends of PACC and PACC have been awarded several large grants from Maddie’s Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. These grants allowed PACC to build and expand a successful foster program through the hiring of several, full-time foster coordinators.

Thanks to this critical funding, PACC has sent a record number of pets into foster homes: 3,251 in one year—a national record—and one that’s directly saving lives.

The foster programming at PACC has been so successful that Maddie’s Fund® granted Friends of PACC two $60,000 grants to teach animal welfare staff from all over the country how to replicate PACC’s foster program. You can learn more about these specific grants and how PACC has become a national leader by clicking here.

The campaign aims to raise $1,195,540 for Lifesaving Programs and has so far reached 97% of that goal!

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The Community Engagement category seeks to bolster Pima Animal Care Center’s outreach efforts. PACC is a critical community resource, but awareness still needs to be raised as to what services they provide. Campaign funds in this category have dramatic impact on Pima County. One of several programs supported by these funds is the Pet Support Network at PACC, including the Pet Support hotline.

The Pet Support hotline receives over 8,000 calls per month from community members in need. Most calls are from neighbors in crisis who need help with their pets. By providing advice, resources, and information, this hotline helps keep thousands of pets in their homes every year. This also includes a monetary fund to provide relief for families in need of veterinary, boarding, and housing services. Empowering and educating pet owners is what this service is all about. We want to keep pets in their homes!

The campaign aims to raise $1,224,000 for Community Engagement and has so far reached 96% of that goal!

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Donations to the Animal Care Excellence portion of the campaign invests in low-cost spay and neuter services, non-mandated shelter activities, and staff and volunteer training. A portion of this funding helps PACC partner with low-cost spay and neuter services like those provided by AWASA.

A non-mandated shelter activity includes things like after-hours emergency veterinary care. For example, when PACC Animal Protection Officers save an injured pet in an emergency that occurs after shelter hours, this extra financial support enables officers to bring injured animals to local emergency vet clinics.

The campaign aims to raise $1,340,000 for Animal Care Excellence and has so far reached 71% of that goal!

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The Your Love Saves Lives campaign supports the veterinary team at PACC in many ways. In addition to providing outside, specialty vet consultations to PACC pets in need, funds also support staffing in the clinic. Friends of PACC enables PACC to go above and beyond the nationally recognized care they’re already working to provide. Through the support of generous, private donors, Friends of PACC hired a fourth full-time veterinarian and two full-time veterinary technicians to help care for the hundreds of animals seen by PACC vets every single day.

The campaign aims to raise $712,000 for Exceptional Veterinary Care and has so far reached 133% of that goal!

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Pima Animal Care Center has made monumental strides in the last several years, reaching an historical 91% save rate for the first half of 2018. PACC is no longer the county “pound,” but a shelter for animals in need, and a resource for people in our community. The cost of this campaign enabled fundraising efforts through individual donor cultivation, grant writing, and other community outreach events, as well as bolstering the creation of a sustainable 501(c)(3) non-profit partner in Friends of PACC. As the official non-profit partner to Pima Animal Care Center, Friends of PACC seeks to provide a transparent and direct source of funding that takes animal care at our shelter above and beyond the county mandate.

The campaign aims to raise $307,000 for Campaign Costs and has so far reached 100% of that goal!

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Where We Are Today

Our community cares about pets. You prove it again and again when you step up to the plate to help care for homeless, neglected, and abused pets. Whether through spreading the word on available resources, volunteering time and talents, or making charitable gifts—Pima County is working tirelessly to save the lives of these animals. Thank you for being a part of the journey to a better Pima County for pets and people.


We’re so close to the final goal of our Your Love Saves Lives campaign, an investment in PACC programs for today and tomorrow.

Will you join us for the final $400,000 mile?

Sara Wolfe Vaughan