Taz is a 4-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. This sweet guy is wearing the cone as he recovers from some minor surgery. He came from a pet store and the person who bought him could no longer afford to care for him.

Inger Sandal

Pima Animal Control Center is kicking off its bid to find homes for 5,000 animals this summer. PACC is one of 50 shelters in the nation competing to find homes for the most animals by Aug. 31. The most successful shelter receives $100,000.

The Kickoff Fiesta is free.


• 6 – 8 a.m.: Take part in fitness moves by Ms. Fit Zumba instructors and Afro-Caribbean percussionist Richard Noel.

• 8 – 10 a.m.: PACC hosts a community dog walk and cat cuddle to give the animals a little fresh air and people time with a jaunt around the scenic lake behind the center. Sign up now at Andrew.stocker@pima.gov 

• 10 – 10:30 a.m.: Pet pep rally! Bring your own pompoms and get ready for the premiere of PACC's new video, featuring Pima Animal Care Center volunteers and one of PACC's waggy alums!

• 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Mariachi and folklorico entertainment featuring PACC's shelter manager, Jose Ocaño.

There will also be food trucks, vendors, a jumping castle, and free adoptions.

Find it:

Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Adoption hours: Noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. , 243-5900.

PACC cares for about 24,000 pets annually, taking in every lost, abandoned or ailing pet that comes to its doors. More information at www.pima.gov/animalcare