The Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare has put out a call for community volunteers for three  initiatives that could make a difference in the lives of many, many homeless animals.  

  The volunteer organization, formed to ensure all Pima County companion animals have loving homes and humane care, is holding its semi-annual meeting on Friday, Aug 1 to update the public on its three animal welfare initiatives and invite people to volunteer and get involved.

The initiatives include a community cats trap-neuter-return program, a marketing campaign leading up to a mega adoption event, and a social services program to elevate the human and animal bond.

The PAAW meeting will be Friday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation building, located at 3500 W. River Road.

RSVPs are required, and can be made by contacting Kelly Huber at

“This meeting is perfect for anyone interested in animal welfare and ready to roll up their sleeves,” said Barbara Brown, VP of Programs and Community Initiatives at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona said in a press release. “There is a lot to report by each of the teams and I know that once people hear the progress they’ve made and future plans, they will want to get involved.”

PAAW was formed in late 2012 when a small group of people got together to discuss the staggering number of companion animals ending up at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) and various rescue organizations.

Pledging to change the situation, the group includes representatives from the two shelters, several rescue groups, breeders, funders and veterinarians. PAAW is a collaborative working in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

Learn more about PAAW by checking out its Facebook page.