Kim Silver of No Kill Pima County, a non-profit community group, just released the following plea:
"It is the most desperate time of year for animals. The strain is being felt at our county’s only open admission facility, the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC.) PACC should be an absolute last resort for animals only after people have explored and expended every other possible option.
"While PACC has made significant strides from being more than an animal control facility, the public needs to understand that each and every animal that is brought there, whether stray or owned, can be at risk. Shelters are inherently stressful environments for animals. Even those animals deemed most adoptable become less so the moment they enter the door where they can be impacted emotionally, physically and behaviorally.
"PACC is destroying fewer animals and saving more lives than in the past. This coincides with summer, which bring litters of kittens and puppies. It is also a time of transition where people travel or move and give up their animals. PACC is at its fullest capacity ever.
"Conditions are only bound to worsen and risk to animals increase once the tremendous influx of lost and found animals come in after the 4th of July fireworks and throughout monsoon storms, putting more pressure on animals and staff. More animals mean less quality of care and a rise in the number of animals becoming sick, depressed and behaviorally reactive.
"Lifesaving resources on strategies for rehoming one’s pets, reuniting a lost animal with it’s family, information about low cost spay/neuter programs, no cost Trap Neuter Return program for feral and community cats and more can be found on the No Kill Pima County website in our S.O.S. Resource directory at www.nokillpimacounty.org